• In 1945, a group of cottages were built to provide separate accommodation for guests. A report was submitted by Clough William-Ellis, architect, describing the project as “a projected hotel colony at Farringford, Isle of Wight.”

    1945 - 1963 Hotel Thomas Cook

    In 1945, a group of cottages were built to provide separate accommodation for guests. A report was submitted by Clough William-Ellis, architect, describing the project as “a projected hotel colony at Farringford, Isle of Wight.” Find out more »
  • The name ‘Farringford’ occurs in various forms in documents from the end of the 13th century and is clearly based around the word ending –ford.

    Pre 19th Century

    The name ‘Farringford’ occurs in various forms in documents from the end of the 13th century and is clearly based around the word ending –ford. Find out more »
  • It is also clear that no building existed on the site until the present house was built

    Construction of the Lodge

    It is also clear that no building existed on the site until the present house was built Find out more »
  • The seat of Ed. Rushworth, Esq. This elegant, newly-erected edifice, about half a mile from Freshwater Gate

    1805 to 1823 Farringford Hill

    The seat of Ed. Rushworth, Esq. This elegant, newly-erected edifice, about half a mile from Freshwater Gate Find out more »
  • In or before 1825 the house was bought by John Hamborough who added the Gothic embellishments and extended the house westwards, creating most of the present frontage.

    1823-1844 Additions By John Hamborough

    In or before 1825 the house was bought by John Hamborough who added the Gothic embellishments and extended the house westwards, creating most of the present frontage. Find out more »
  • ... Have you seen E? I shall have to give up this place out of pure disgust at the conduct of Seymour I expect.

    Additions by Alfred Lord Tennyson

    ... Have you seen E? I shall have to give up this place out of pure disgust at the conduct of Seymour I expect. Find out more »
  • The actual phases of extensions at the west end have resulted in a somewhat awkward-looking, and structurally unsound development.

    1892 -1939 Additions by Hallam Tennyson

    The actual phases of extensions at the west end have resulted in a somewhat awkward-looking, and structurally unsound development. Find out more »
  • Very shortly after Pontin took over the hotel, extra dining capacity was added in the form of a large modern single story extension on the south side of the ‘ball room’ at ground floor level .

    1963 -1990 Hotel Fred Pontin

    Very shortly after Pontin took over the hotel, extra dining capacity was added in the form of a large modern single story extension on the south side of the ‘ball room’ at ground floor level . Find out more »
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1945 - 1960 Hotel: Thomas Cook.

At some point, probably at the end of the war, in 1945, the Trustees for Hallam Tennyson employed Francis Pittis & Son to act as agents for the estate. On 10th August 1945, British Holiday Estates Ltd. acquired the whole of the "Farringford Estate, Freshwater" from the Trustees [Letter from Francis Pittis & Son to H.M. Customs, BT 243/297 Purchase of Priors Freshwater] and the house was converted into a hotel.

The first advert to appear in The Isle of Wight County Press appeared in July 1946 and announced that the hotel was also open to non-residents:

Open As Hotel July 1946
[Isle of Wight County Press, Saturday 20 July 1946, No. 3216, Vol. LXII]

Adverts were also placed in the national newspapers. It is clear that the produce of the kitchen garden and Home Farm were being used to supply their own hotel kitchen.

The Times, 28 Oct. 1946
[The Times, 28 Oct. 1946]

 

In 1945, a group of cottages were built to provide separate accommodation for guests. A report was submitted by Clough William-Ellis, architect, describing the project as “a projected hotel colony at Farringford, Isle of Wight.” [RAIL 648/121 – see Appendix J - Williams-Ellis Report 1945] By 1946, these cottages were ready for the public:

The Times, 11 June 1946
[The Times, 11 June 1946]

 

In the grounds are six cottages for visitors. They are by Clough Williams-Ellis and Lionel Brett.”

[Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd: The Buildings of England, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Penguin, 1967.]

The 1948 Telephone Directory lists the Farringford Hotel number as 312, while the number for guests was 304.

A large water tank was erected on the west side of the main block on the flat roof over the back landing to the second storey. The glass-roof extension in the central courtyard was built as a “glass-topped serving-pantry” by the hotel between 1946 and 1952, when first mentioned in correspondence. [M. Corr. 1952 Jan. 17 & 1952 Jan. 10] This is now an office area. The new dining room addition

Before ExtensionAfter Extension
was made in 1952 as Rev. MacDonald-Millar speaks about having to dine in the conservatory because the 'the "dining-room" of the hotel was being re-modelled [M. Corr. 1952 Jan. 10]. This took the form of a ground floor, single storey brick extension on the south side of the ‘ball room’, the full length of the new study block. The windows were in the same style as Tennyson’s study above with a frieze with a similar motif immediately above the heads of the windows. On the east side, french windows gave access to the garden. A flat roof was ringed by a castellated parapet in keeping with the rest of the eave-lines.

 

“Our second visit and looking forward to our third! Updated cottage is excellent.” Mrs T W, Surrey

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