Donnington Grove

Newbury, United Kingdom

Donnington Grove

Donnington Grove is a Strawberry Hill Gothic mansion, now a hotel and country club, and associated Golf Course at Donnington in the civil parish of Shaw-cum-Donnington, near Newbury, in the English county of Berkshire. It is overlooked by Donnington Castle.

Donnington Grove was built in 1763 for James Pettit Andrews the half-brother of the lord of Shaw Manor. The Grove was built in "Strawberry Hill Gothic" a style named after the house created for Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill in London. Records show that Donnington House was expensive to construct and costly to maintain. Twenty years later Andrews sold the property to William Brummell who was responsible for turning Donnington Grove into the landscape it is today and here that his son, Beau Brummell, grew up. By the time Brummell died, the estate covered 800 acres (3.2 km2), the house and stables had been extended and entrance lodges erected. William Brummell died in 1794 and left the estate to be divided amongst his children. After the estate was requisitioned by Allied Supplies in 1940 it was sold on to the Hon Reginald Fellows, second husband of Daisy Fellowes, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortunes, and remained in the family until the early 1990s. Donnington Grove Country Club opened in 1993. For some years in the early 2000s, it was called 'Parasampia', but the name has returned to its traditional form.

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