We’ve been treated to quite the historic find by one of our Housekeepers, Jane, who recently came across a newspaper article (complete with photo) from c.1980 which shows the hotel in a previous lifetime. She found it whilst clearing through some paperwork in her father’s house, who has been a long-time local resident to the Patshull estate.
The article states that the hotel was named after the ancient architectural feature around which it is built, called The Temple Country Club Hotel.
We thought who better to ask than one of our long-standing members of staff like Carol who started working here in 1983 at the tender age of 19. Her role as a General Assistant means that she has an in-depth recollection of the hotel layout back in the 80s.
“The Temple used to house a coffee shop called Spikes Bar, which overlooked the Great Lake and had the great advantage of a great view whilst we worked. As you look at the photo, Reception used to be to the left of the Temple and would serve residents from the desk [which looked out onto the hallway] and double up as a pay desk for golfers paying for their round, as we would use the window [as you can see it open in the photo].”
“To the left of that was, and still is, the Lakeside Restaurant, without the Dartmouth and Lewisham extensions, as these came later on.”
“To the right of the temple was the Golf Shop and changing rooms.”, she says.
As anyone who has visited or stayed with us knows, Patshull Park has undergone several changes throughout its lifetime as a hotel complex, including its fair share of bedroom wing extensions. This is where now sits in place where the Golf Shop once was.
Some of our more recent additions to the Patshull team were certainly curious to read that as well as golfing, fishing and leisure memberships (which we continue to offer), we also advertised for shooting memberships on the estate, with ‘a sporting clay pigeon layout and limited rough shooting.’
Did you visit Patshull Park in the 1980s? We would love to hear from anyone who visited, and in particular if you have any stories or photographs to share with us.