Oxford Spires opens newly restored 16th century property, Eastwyke House
Follow in the footsteps of Kings book a stay at the newly restored Eastwyke House, in the grounds of Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. Since 1511, this house has played host to a vibrant historic tapestry of characters across the centuries, including Royalist Soldiers led by King Charles 1st fighting their battles against Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell, during the English Civil War! With an eclectic history that ranges from Cows to Kings (the word ‘Wyke’ originates from ‘Wix’ – an Anglo-Saxon phrase for Dairy Farm), this stunning restoration really is the cream of the crop.
The restored building is due to officially open on 1st December 2010, providing 10 additional bedrooms for the hotel and, as a reflection of its status within Oxford’s colourful past, each of these new rooms has been named after bridges in and around Oxford (Folly, Donnington, Hertford etc). Artwork in the bedrooms also reflects a stylish and atmospheric Oxford.
Wendy Procter, Regional General Manager for the Oxfordshire area, says: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the long-awaited opening of Eastwyke House, at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. Since acquiring the building in 2006, we have painstakingly restored the property, which now provides us with 10 bedrooms of individual character and style, many with exposed beams and fireplaces, echoing Eastwyke House’s roots in history. We are proud and honoured to associate this important historical building with the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, and hope that our guests will continue to enjoy it for generations to come”.
Located just half a mile from Oxford city centre, the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel is perfectly situated for a variety of local attractions, including the historic Oxford University and the impressive Oxford Castle. The addition of Eastwyke House brings the hotel’s room count to an impressive 170 bedrooms, making it the largest four star hotel in Oxford.