De Rougemont Hotel plans to revert to being homes

De Rougemont Hotel today.

De Rougemont Hotel today. - Credit: De Rougemont Hotel

The De Rougemont Manor Hotel in Great Warley is set to be turned into homes.

Since 1968, the site - formerly known as the New World Inn - has operated as a nightclub, then hotel and restaurant and wedding venue after being bought by Ian Hilton (no relation to the Hilton hotel chain).

The hotel in the 1970s.

The hotel in the 1970s. - Credit: De Rougemont Hotel

But for the first 93 years of its life, it served as a home for the Brentwood gentry - the well-heeled Heseltine family and their 40 staff. So well-heeled in fact that the adjacent St Mary the Virgin church was built by the family in 1902 at a cost in today’s money of over £8m.

Evelyn Heseltine.

Evelyn Heseltine. - Credit: De Rougemont Manor

A garden party at Goldings in the early 1900s.

A garden party at Goldings in the early 1900s. - Credit: De Rougemont Manor

The original Goldings house when built.

The original Goldings house when built. - Credit: De Rougemont House

The current owners, the Hiltons, have found it no longer viable as a hotel and sisters Davine, Victoria and brother Jason are excited to transform ‘Goldings’ as it was first known in 1875 and the former stables into apartments and houses. A small number of additional homes will be built where the current car parking is.

The family say that budget hotels and AirBnB have heavily affected traditional quality hotels and of course, the final straw was the pandemic. The hotel's occupancy rates in 2020 and into 2021 have been zero, still with costly overheads.

Jason Victoria and Davine Hilton receiving Best Large Hotel in Essex 2013.

Jason Victoria and Davine Hilton receiving Best Large Hotel in Essex 2013. - Credit: De Rougemont Hotel


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Jason , 55, said: “I grew up in this place. My sister and I used to run around the corridors when we were tiny and it has huge importance to us and so letting it go has not been an easy decision but is a necessary one as it’s simply not viable as a hotel venue any longer.

‘We have been approached by a number of developers and hospitality companies, all of which wanted to rip the heart and soul out of the building and seemed to have no regard for its important history.

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"Instead, we’ve partnered with Redington on the basis that they are preserving and enhancing the original integrity of De Rougemont and the Heseltine family legacy. We want to be able to drive past in the future and remain proud of what we built here over a 50-year period’.

David Burne of Redington Capital added: “This creates much needed housing for Brentwood people and really will be a development for us, the Hilton family and the locality to be proud of”.

18 apartments together with the adjacent stables providing conversion to 4 houses

18 apartments together with the adjacent stables providing conversion to four houses. - Credit: Redington Capital

18 apartments together with the adjacent stables providing conversion to 4 houses and 26 new houses will be constructed to...

26 new houses will also be constructed to the rear of the land. - Credit: Redington Capital

An ‘Italian Garden’ and nature reserve within site will also be opened up as a public benefit.

An ‘Italian Garden’ and nature reserve within site will also be opened up as a public benefit. - Credit: Redington Capital


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