Elvetham Hotel - Aerial Promo.Fleet Road, Hook, United Kingdom.The Elvetham hotel in Hampshire is a stunning, privately owned estate, set in 35 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Located fifteen minutes from both the M3 (J4a & J5) and M4 (J11) and just 40 miles from London.Rich in history yet progressive in approach, The Elvetham is ideal for business or for pleasure, with 72 bedrooms and superb meeting and private dining facilities.For weddings, The Elvetham is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in Hampshire. Elvetham is mentioned in the Domesday book. The site on which The Elvetham now stands has a well documented history and in 1426 became the home of the Seymour family. The house was passed down through a succession of Seymours including Edward, the brother of Jane Seymour (third wife of Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI), who became Lord Protector to the boy King after the death of Henry VIII and who was eventually beheading for high treason in 1551. Edward's brother Thomas married Catherine Parr – Henry VIII’s widow and he too was beheaded for high treason after becoming embroiled in scandalous liaisons with the then Princess Elizabeth. After his death, his estates were forfeited but eventually restored to his son Edward, by now created Earl of Hertford. Edward, Earl of Hertford married the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey. Queen Elizabeth only heard of the bigamous marriage when Catherine became pregnant and the Queen reacted with great fury by sending them to the Tower of London. Eventually both were released, Catherine in 1567 and Edward in 1572. In order to regain favours and to have his children legitimised, he entertained the Queen at Elvetham in 1591. This lavish entertainment lasted four days for which a range of luxurious pavilions were built, near the house, to accommodate Queen Elizabeth and her retinue of 500. The Oak tree she planted to commemorate the occasion still stands here today and is now more than 32 feet in circumference. On Edward's death the house passed to his grandson, William Seymour, who became Marquis of Hertford and Duke of Somerset. In 1649 he sold Elvetham to Sir Robert Reynolds, Solicitor General of the Commonwealth whose daughter married her first cousin, Reynolds Calthorpe. After her death he married again. The daughter of his second marriage married Sir Henry Gough.
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