The History of Great Tangley Manor


Great Tangley Manor is a Grade 1 listed property that has been a dwelling for over 1000 years. The first mention of the manor is in the Domesday Book in 1086 where it was described as a royal hunting lodge, reputedly later King John’s.

Through the 13th & 14th centuries the lodge was inhabited as a Medieval Hall House according to William Morris. In 1582 alterations were carried out that characterize the main part of the house today. Some of the timbers from the Armada fleet were incorporated into the design and can be seen in the dining room panelling.



In 1880 Wycham Flower bought the property and commissioned Phillip Webb to further extend the property and design the moat and gardens. Early in the 19th century, after all the works had been completed, the Royal family, including King George V and Queen Mary, visited the property and signed the window of the dining room with a diamond ring. Signatures of King George VI can also be seen on the dressing room windows of the master suite.

In 1976 the courtyard area was created and incorporated two additional bedrooms and a drawing room. The house was finally split into two dwellings in 1959 and has remained so ever since. Some other notable visitors to the Manor have included John Evelyn, William Morris who may have had some input on the garden design, Lord Grantley, Gertrude Jekyll, George Jack who designed the music room, and also Alice Keppel.



We stayed at Great Tangley Manor for My Husband’s 60th Birthday. It was absolutely Gorgeous, the perfect place to stay. The House is amazing and had everything there that we could have wanted. Nobody wanted to leave. Nicho was so friendly and extremely helpful nothing was too much trouble for him. We can’t wait to go back there. Thank you so much Nicho for making the weekend possible for us.

The Masher Family

We stayed as a large family group to help out and attend my brother’s wedding at Gate Street Barn. Nicho was highly accommodating in sorting out the configuration we needed and in welcoming us. All my relatives commented how friendly he was. Helping set up the church and reception could have been quite stressful time, especially when staying with the in-laws (to be) but Great Tangley Manor provide the space and luxury to break away relax and enjoy the whole stay. Several guest had special needs but found it easy to get about and sleep in the bedrooms on the ground floor. We had a final dinner for 16 on the Sunday and the house provided a great setting and all the utility to make this a great occasion before we all went our separate ways.

The Warren Family

The moment we arrived at this venue we were welcomed into this stunning home learning lots of facts about the history of this house along the way. We hired the house as a base for our wedding and quite simply didn’t want to leave, the house is amazing and we were made to feel so welcome. The house was comfortable enough to have both sets of family (11 of us in all) who were equally in awe of this house. The rooms were spectacular and the main master bedroom has the fascinating touch of the master bathroom which we loved. I could go on and on about how wonderful this house is and the team behind making our stay so memorable, but this was truly the best way for us to start our first day of married life. Anyone thinking of booking this house please do not hesitate and book straight away, i am currently trying to find an excuse for us to go back.

Reeves Family

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