A little history – The first known owner of Pengethley Manor was John Powell, who purchased the estate in 1583. In the 1820s, the majority of the old part of the manor was burnt down in a devastating fire – it was rebuilt by the then owner, Thomas Symonds, a Member of Parliament for Hereford. The same family owned the estate until the death of Caroline Symonds in 1947.
The manor was purchased by Gwynne and Blanch Nicholas in 1948 when it was converted into a hotel. Aside from running the hotel, Mr and Mrs Blanch also looked after a smallholding of Guernsey and Jersey Cattle, producing milk and butter for use at the hotel. The hotel changed hands again before being bought by Mr and Mrs Wisker in 1986, who then made a number of changes to the hotel, including adding 14 courtyard bedrooms. A vineyard was planted in February of 1993, and the hotel has produced some outstanding wines. Subsequently, American family practitioner Dr John Hagmann bought the hotel in 2007.
Like all Grade Listed properties, Pengethley Manor isn’t short of a tale or two. It is is said to be home to not one but two ghosts; a young girl named Harriet who died in a fire, and an old woman who wears a long, black dress.
The property was bought from Andrew and Carla Brooks by the current owners Steve and Rhoda Worrallo.