About Dewsall Court
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A lovingly restored Country House
home from home
Guests regularly comment that Dewsall Court is very special with a homely feel as soon as you walk through the door. We think that is owed in equal part to our colourful history but also the fantastic team who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure every comfort has been catered for and no detail forgotten. We invite you to learn more about our origins, peak behind the scenes and meet our magnificent team.
The house was built in 1644 by Richard Pearle, who lived with his family at Dewsall for over 100 years. It was the birth place of the colourful 1st Duke of Chandos (1673 – 1744), who was stupendously rich and a great patron of the arts. Friend to composer Handel and the poet Alexander Pope, he also became Paymaster General but in later life (due to a very indulgent lifestyle) he lost all his money and went bankrupt. This had a major impact on the fortunes of Dewsall Court.
It was then owned by Guy's Hospital for over 300 years. As a result, one of the treasures of the house – a painting called The Judgement of Paris in the manner of Lely – now hangs in the boardroom of Guy’s Hospital in London. Dewsall has always been wrapped up with the arts and it's said that paintings from The National Gallery were stored at Dewsall for protection during the Second World War.
The house fell into disrepair and in the 1960s it was bought by Sir Charles Clore, who applied to have it demolished and actually removed the roof. Thankfully this was refused by the local authorities and Sir Charles Clore was told to put the roof back on – a tin one! The next owner was the Prudential, though under their stewardship the house fell further into ruin and the only improvements were to the farmland. Local folklore says that the derelict Dewsall was used for the local SAS to practise on for the Iranian Embassy siege. It was then briefly owned by a couple who allegedly bought it by candlelight and planned to turn it into a field study centre for trees, planting a stunning arboretum, but this never came to fruition.
Finally the Robinson family – Joe, Jane and Samantha – came to Dewsall's rescue. They bought the derelict house in 1989 and spent a decade restoring it into a much loved family home, the first family to own and reside in the house since the reign of Queen Anne. Dewsall was a very happy family home, where Samantha and Joseph grew up with dogs, cats, ponies and chickens – and legendary parties, which set the tone for what was to come in the future. Sadly in 2007 Joe died and in 2009 the family decided to move out and make the house into the exclusive use venue it is today. Jane, Samantha and Joseph are still very much involved in ensuring Dewsall continues to be the welcoming and special home from home for all its guests.
To all the amazing people at Dewsall, I never knew that I had a dream wedding, but I think that was it. You guys were just the best I could have asked for, from our first meeting, right up to saying goodbye on Monday...Jo and George
Thank you to all who helped make this wedding such a success. As a guest, it was so special to enjoy this long-awaited in such a splendid setting. The food, service and every detail was excellent...Sophie and Rupert
It seems crazy that it has been over a week since the big day! It was all absolutely perfect and we can’t thank you enough for helping to pull it all together...Charlotte and Pete