The History of Careys Manor Hotel
Steeped with 17th century history, set within the heart of the New Forest, Careys Manor Hotel provides a luxurious, relaxing retreat for guests alike.
Principally used as a large hunting lodge, in its history the site of Careys Manor has played host to prestigious clientele, including British royalty and a number of Welsh guards.
A former Royal hunting ground, in 1086 the New Forest became a Royal Ground. King William I (William the Conqueror) and his entourage would principally hunt deer from one hunting lodge to the next.
Most large lodges such as the old manor, now known as Careys Manor, would have a retainer who managed the property on a permanent basis. Charles II gave the old manor, to John Carey for services rendered during the period 1660 1685.
And in 1970 the Bowden-Smith Family took over the ownership of the country house.
The original house was built 100 yards into college grounds but was demolished. Built in 1888 the present house originally stood in approximately 14 acres of grounds. Within the grounds was the village Cricket pitch, over the years the house acquired tennis courts.
Herman Bowden-Smith later built a row of houses within the village that are now known as Careys Cottages. The cottages were given to the village so that they could be rented to the poor, with priority given to the retired estate staff.
Herman Bowden-Smith was the last member of his family to own the house, which he sold in 1934 before he went to live in Switzerland. A Dutchman called Mr Builderbeck bought the house and turned it into a country house Hotel, most of the land was sold off separately to the local council.
During the Second World War, the country house Hotel was used to accommodate a number of Welsh Guards. Mr John Ferris bought the Hotel in 1957 and added the garden wings in 1966 and 1967.
The present owners bought the hotel in 1975; they added the Carat Club (the old Leisure Club) in 1987, the East Garden Wing in 1988, The Cedar Suite in 1995, a light and spacious room, ideal for conferences and weddings. Added in 1988 the Manor Suite offers a versatile space, ideal for conferencing, meetings and private dining.
In May 2009, the hotel bedrooms and suites underwent significant refurbishment. Offering a mix of both traditional and modern oriental features, the bedrooms were designed with luxury and comfort in mind. This included 36 Garden Rooms and all Manor Rooms, the garden rooms then became our well-appointed Oakwood Rooms.
In 2004, The Health Club underwent extensive refurbishment and was transformed into the luxurious award winning SenSpa.
Careys Manor Hotel provides the perfect setting for a romantic retreat, relaxing spa breaks, lavish weddings or corporate events.