History of Ethorpe Hotel and Gerrards Cross
The Ethorpe Hotel dates back to the early 1800’s and was formerly a wealthy Edwardian gentleman’s residence until it was converted into a hotel in 1923 when the Ethorpe Estate was sold.
Two storeys in height and with an impressive portico front entrance, the hotel’s stuccoed villa appearance and white painted walls reflect its early 19th century origins and the genteel affluent character of Gerrards Cross. Sensitively altered and extended in the Arts & Crafts style by architect Robert Muir in the 1920’s, The Ethorpe Hotel is typical of the Edwardian development of Gerrards Cross after the rail link to London was established in 1906. At this time, the area became popular with the upper classes as they sought an escape from London.
Gerrards Cross became known as a desirable commuter village on the edge of the Chilterns, and the town’s nickname: the ‘Brighton of Bucks,’ reflected its reputation as being a prestigious rural retreat for the upper classes, with its gentlemen’s country houses, hunting grounds and thriving coaching trade.
The town was officially named Gerrards Cross in 1859, when pieces of the parishes of Chalfont St Peter, Fulmer, Iver, Langley Marish and Upton were merged into one new parish. The name comes from the Gerrard family who owned a manor house there in the early 17th century.
Today, Gerrards Cross remains one of England’s most desirable places to live. Often referred to as ‘Mini Hollywood’ due to its celebrity residents, its house prices are considerably higher than average.
The area’s advantageous location has been recognised for centuries. Bulstrode Camp, just west of Gerrards Cross Common, is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Buckinghamshire, while extensive Roman pottery finds point to Roman habitation. The current A40 lies on the 18th century turnpike road from London to Oxford, however the highway dates back to medieval times. Bulstrode House, now a private residence, was once the home of the infamous ‘Hanging Judge Jeffreys.’
Along with its rich history and breathtaking location in the Chiltern Hills – so often described as ‘an area of outstanding natural beauty’ and a ‘walker’s paradise’ - today The Ethorpe Hotel offers visitors the luxury of a true historic country pub and rural retreat with excellent road and rail links to London, Windsor and beyond.
Directions to The Ethorpe Hotel
You can find The Ethorpe Hotel on Packhorse Road in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. Situated just off the A413, just a few minutes from Gerrards Cross train station. Key SL9 8HX into your satnav to find us.