- History of the Manor -
The story from the doomsday book to today...
Our story begins as far back as 1066 when the first record of Hampton Manor estate was recorded in the doomsday book. In the 19th century Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, was living close by in his principal residence Drayton Manor of Tamworth. He spotted the land at Hampton and decided to acquire it for development but his plans were cut short when he fell from his horse on Constitution Hill. At the tender age of 62 the nation mourned his death after his transformational social leadership had established the police force and forced through the corn law reforms. The police force still affectionately bear his name when they are referred to as the Peelers and the Bobbies. Sir Robert’s son however was following hot on his Father’s heels and was also knighted for his political services serving in cabinet and shadow cabinet positions. In loving memory of his father Sir Frederick Peel took the land in Hampton and began building a mirror image of his family home at Drayton. The neo-tudor gothic style was followed at Hampton and the clock tower also bears a remarkable likeness.
Sir Frederick transformed the landscape and planted the quite remarkable array of trees that today have finally reached their maturity and are preserved as a conservation area. Frederick used the services of the first President of the Landscape Institute, Thomas Mawson, to build the walled garden and later rework the landscape design. Around the house, you will find the initials of his first wife Elizabeth, intertwined with his. After Elizabeth passed away in her early 30s, he married Janet. The house he built was designed to host the finest occasions of high society’s social calendar and to ensure that his guests were impressed. Sir Frederick was commissioner for the railways and canal, putting him at the heart of the nations transport system. His commute from Hampton to London was conveniently assisted by the significant rail station that developed in Hampton and that was a routine stop for the Birmingham to London train. Sir Frederick lived happily at Hampton until the day of his death in 1906 at the age of 82. Although a very private man, he was remembered as a dedicated and caring public servant.
Since then the house has only be in the hands of two other families until the Hill’s acquired the estate in March 2008. Jan and Derrick are successful hoteliers and have been in the industry for over 25 years. Their son James and his wife Fjona have now joined the family business and have brought their fresh and creative twist to the hotel. Fjona has drawn from her visual strengths as a photographer to design the interiors and creative touches. James has built a strong community of professionals around him and together they are seeking to craft a personal and exquisite experience for their guests. James explains the vision, “Although the building makes quite an impression as you approach we are confident that what you find inside is an intimate and luxurious experience that leaves you with the feeling that you are enjoying an occasion with friends in your very own dream home. With just 15 bedrooms Hampton Manor manages to keep a sense of personality that is easily lost in a property of greater scale. Small is beautiful and in this case it creates a context for exclusive and personal celebrations.”