Cameo club update: Petwood, the early years

From Bessie Major:

CAMEO Club – Kirkby on Bain

On 21st February Dr and Mrs Duke-Cox gave us a most delightful talk and presentation on ‘The Petwood Hotel’ which took us back to before the Second World War – the very early stages, when it was built as a very large bungalow for Sir John Blundell Maples’ daughter, Grace.

The slides showed us the bungalow as it was and explained how it was sold to be a hotel. We were taken on the journey from the early stages of building and then made even larger to be the Petwood Hotel. The talk also gave us a brief history of the family. We are most grateful for Dr and Mrs Duke-Cox’s time and presentation and hope they will return next year to continue the story. Continue reading


Petwood Gardens: A William Goldring Garden?

Image courtesy E & N Duke-CoxNicholas Duke-Cox has undertaken extensive research over the past three years in preparation for a publication on the definitive history of the gardens at Petwood House, now the Petwood Hotel.


In a recent article written for The Kew Guild, Nicholas calls for primary evidence of landscape architect and naturalist William Goldring’s involvement at Petwood House, originally built for the furniture heiress, Grace Maple, then Baroness Eckhardstein, between 1905 and 1906.

Nicholas explains: “The fame of the gardens arose later c.1912 with the alterations and expansion to the original design, by Harold Peto. The literature knew of a first garden but not of its appearance. Thanks to the commissions of the Baroness to local professional photographer, John Wield, we have photographic evidence of the construction and maturation of that garden from 1906 to 1909.These images are unique. No one else ever had access to these gardens.” Continue reading

Please vote for Emma

emma_awardGreat news for the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa – director Emma Brealey has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Midlands Family Business Awards, in the ‘Director of the Year’ category. Emma was in competition with over 120 entries from family businesses across the Midlands, and she is now among seven finalists in her category. Expert judging took place in September and the results will be announced at an awards ceremony on 17th November.

This year there’s a new People’s Choice award category. This involves an entirely public vote allowing you to support one finalist, so you can help Emma by voting for her between now and the end of the month. To cast your vote, you must register first here. It’s one vote per email address; no other use is made of your email address and you won’t get any subsequent marketing messages or mail. Continue reading