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Review: Moreteyne Manor


Marston Morteyne, United Kingdom

Moreteyne Manor

  • By SilverTraveller Barrowman

    20 reviews


  • Oct 2012
  • Marston Morteyne
  • Casual
  • British

128 people found this review helpful

On the day of our visit a roaring log fire greeted us in the dining room, there was no waiting as we had booked our table prior to our visit. The staff made us feel really welcome and were very attentive to our needs.

A little of the Manors long history

From 1562 the Manor House of the village was occupied by the Lord of the Manor, Thomas Snagge. The property then passed to his son, Sir Thomas Snagge who was MP for Bedford in 1586, Speaker in the House of Commons in 1588 and Sheriff of the county in 1607. Sir Thomas held the Manor for 32 years till his death in 1626 when it passed to his eldest son, Thomas, the second member of the family to be made sheriff. He died in 1675 and his sons, Thomas and Edward successfully inherited. The latter was succeeded by his only son Edward in 1715 who died in 1739.

The Snagges then sold the property to Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough who left it to her grandson the Honorable John Spencer. The Spencers continued to hold the property until 1811 after which the Manor passed to the Alington Family.

The Duke of Bedford bought the Manor from Mr Julius Alington of Great Barford in 1873. The building was substantially renovated in 1880 when it was converted in to the farmhouse of the Moat Farm. During the works all the oak panelling was removed to its present location in Woburn Abbey.

The farm and house were then sold in 1920 to the Franklin family who later sold it to the present owner's’ father, Mr E. J. Hillson in 1948 for the sum of £7,500.

The house was converted into one of the finest restaurants and wedding reception venues in Bedfordshire, between November 1983 until the opening on 1st August 1985, when the name changed to Moreteyne Manor. Chef Mark Hickman and his wife Jacqui acquired and re-opened the restaurant in June 1996. They have run Moreteyne Manor country house restaurant as a husband & wife team to the present day.

We had an excellent three course meal with the minimum of waiting between courses and would recommend a visit to anyone visiting the area of Bedford.

128 people found this review helpful

This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.

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