Built as a Bishop’s Palace in 1714, Soughton Hall has been the cherished home to a succession of heirs in the Wynne-Bankes family line. Distinguished residents have included a Bishop, two knights, three High Sheriffs, a Chaplin to Queen Victoria, a Lord Chief Justice, a Lord Chancellor’s secretary and in William John Bankes, one of the greatest travellers and collectors of the early nineteenth century. It was William John who was responsible for re-working Soughton Hall in the 1820s. Inspired by his adventures in the Middle East he added the mullioned windows, the first floor drawing room and dining room and the Islamic turrets upon the court walls. His plans were drawn by fellow traveller Charles Barry, later Sir Charles Barry, architect of the British Houses Of Parliament. When it was purchased by the Rodenhurst family in 1987 the Hall required extensive refurbishment to return it to it’s former glory. John and Rosemary Rodenhurst managed much of the work personally as well as raising their family. Rosemary’s interior design expertise were put to the test again in early 2007 when all the public areas were restored with all decadence and splendour this historic building deserves.
Stay With Us
Our fourteen bedrooms are uniquely designed and individually decorated with all the usual modern refinements you would expect with sumptuous decor just oozing history and heritage. All our suites have ensuite bathrooms, remote control televisions, radios, direct dial telephones, modem points (some have free wireless broadband access – please state at the time of booking if you require this service), trouser presses, hair dryers, mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities and most enjoy lovely views of surrounding parkland. Guests are welcome to dine for lunch and dinner at our Stables Bar Restaurant, and breakfast is served in our specially designed breakfast room in the original servants hall on the ground floor.
Dine With Us
Soughton’s dining hall exudes decadence, heritage and sophistication … making every occasion ‘special’ and every guest welcome. From our seasonal menus to our carefully crafted wine list, we believe that the details are important. Join us for Mother’s Day Lunch, Italian Evening and Easter Sunday Dinner … Please see full listing of our Events. Why wait? Dine at Soughton Hall – Book your private dining experience today or phone to enquire about Dining at The Hall during the week.
WEDDINGS AT SOUGHTON HALL
Many wedding venues describe themselves as ‘unique’ or ‘idyllic’ but very few surpass expectations. Soughton Hall does. Specialising in weddings and licensed for civil ceremonies, we offer: Picturesque Gardens No matter what the season, our beautiful gardens are the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography – hosts of daffodils in Spring, a riot colour in the summer, our striking red Boston Creeper in the Autumn and frost on our magnificent lime trees in winter. Personal Attention Annette, our manager will help calm and prepare you for your big day, while her team of professional staff will look after your guests’ every requirement. Sumptuous Food Choose from our specially tailored wedding menus, offering the finest British cuisine, all prepared by our specialist banqueting team. Vintage Wines Our extensive list is hand picked by our owners John & Rosemary Rodenhurst and features, amongst many others, some fantastic South African vintages not available elsewhere in the UK. Stunning Marquee What could be more dramatic than having your big day in this stunning marquee with an amazing backdrop of Soughton Hall behind. Ideal for larger wedding parties.
Functions And Meetings Facilities
Soughton Hall’s combination of superb facilities, excellent food and total peace and quiet in unparalleled surrounding, means we are the first choice for many local businesses when they are looking to accommodate their business guests and colleagues in style and comfort. Several rooms within Soughton Hall are suitable for business meetings and conferences depending upon requirements. All of them are naturally lit by large windows with views of our beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside, and are not overlooked by public areas of the hotel ensuring total discretion, should it be required.