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60 Years of Careys Manor

Posted in by on May 21, 2012 and has no comments yet

Dating right back to 17th Century, Careys Manor is steeped in history and taking inspiration from the Golden Jubilee we thought we would look back at the past 60 Years of Careys Manor Hotel.

Careys Manor started its life as a hotel in the 1930s when a Dutchman called Mr H. Bilderbeek bought the old manor house and converted it. Most of the land was sold to the council, including the grounds that now house Brockenhurst College.

Unbelievably in the 1950s you would have paid between 7 ½ – 10 guineas per week to stay at Careys Manor Hotel; the cost of the room included Hot & Cold water, Bath, Breakfast, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea and Dinner.

In 1957 Mr John Ferris bought the Hotel and later added the garden wings to the property in 1966.

The present owners bought the hotel in 1975. Three years later the Jugged Hare pub was built at the front of the hotel but was later renovated and transformed into Le Blaireau, the French Bar and Bistro that it is today.

The manor Lounge was added to the main building in 1983, providing an elegant but cosy space for guests to relax and warm their toes in front of the fire.

A new Health & Fitness Centre was built in 1984, given the witty name, and double entendre, of ‘Carat Club’. This included an ozone treated deck level pool, Jacuzzi, steam room & sauna, gym, 3 treatment rooms and physiotherapy centre.

During the 80s some of the bedrooms were syndicate rooms which doubled up as bedrooms. On the busiest of days the concierge had to take a wild guess of when a conference would be finishing in order for them to change the room back into a bedroom before the guests suspected a thing.

Between 1989 and 1995 Careys Manor saw some big changes. With the construction of the East Garden Wing which created 24 Knightwood bedrooms, then the addition of the Manor Suite in 1992 and the Cedar Suite in 1998; giving Careys Manor a key spot on the Conference Market map. Last but not least, was the extension of the main restaurant in 1995, now the successful Two AA Rosette Manor Restaurant.

In 2004, the Health Club underwent extensive refurbishment and was transformed into the luxurious award winning SenSpa and Zen Garden Restaurant including: 19 treatment rooms, Thai Temple Studio and a large Hydrotherapy Complex.

Great news came in 2006 when the hotel was re-classified as a four star hotel and planning permission was granted for 18 additional junior suites.

In May 2009, the hotel bedrooms and suites underwent significant refurbishment. Offering a mix of both traditional and modern oriental features; 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.

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