Our luxury hotel in Oxford is a tribute to English architect and dramatist Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726), an outstanding country-house architect
of the early 18th century.
Giles Worsley, the architectural journalist says:
“No one built grander houses than Sir John Vanbrugh, soldier, possible spy, playwright, opera impresario, herald, garden designer and architect. Witty and indiscreet, Vanbrugh was the architect you would most want to have to dinner and it was probably at the dinner table of the Kit Kat Club that Vanbrugh gained many of his commissions.”
Many of his buildings incorporate the elements of castle architecture, such as battlements and towers. Amusingly his epitaph proclaims: "Lie heavy on him, Earth, for he laid many heavy loads on thee!"
Sir John Vanbrugh was the outstanding country-house architect of the early 18th century, who was responsible for Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard as well as Vanbrugh House Hotel.
Sir John Vanbrugh was known to have no formal training or experience in architecture. However, he did have a close working relationship with Nicholas Hawksmoor, an accomplished clerk of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren. With the aid of his college, Vanbrugh took control of the largest architectural commission in the kingdom; a new house for the Earl of Carlisle, now known as Castle Howard.
With an impressive project to his name, Sir John Vanbrugh was granted permission to build Vanbrugh house. It was built on the line of the Old Medieval City Wall of Oxford and instead of being terraced like other townhouses of modest size at that time, Vanbrugh house stood on its own, freely.
Attractive setting in the centre of Oxford. We stayed in a suite which was beautiful, immaculately clean and luxurious. The staff were attentive and gave us some great tips on how to fit in all the sights. I would definitely recommend.
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