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Situated in extensive gardens Impney Hall, as it was previously known, was built by saltworks magnate John Corbett at a cost of £247,000 (equivalent to over £25million in 2017).

Impney Hall, as it was previously known, is a Grade II Listed house built in the style of an elaborate French château near Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire. Sir Nicolas Pevsner, scholar of history of art and, especially, of history of architecture, judged the hall to be "the showiest of them all in the county".

The hall was built in 1873-75 for local industrialist the saltworks magnate John Corbett as a gift for his wife, Hannah Eliza O’Meara, who had been raised in Paris. Sadly, the marriage was not a happy one, and she later moved to North Wales.

After Anna left, Corbett opened up the parkland and gardens to the public so that they could enjoy strolling through the estate grounds.

Corbett died in 1901 and left the estate to his brother, Thomas. When Thomas died the property was let to a number of different families. However, after the First World War, the house lay empty for some years.

In 1925 the Hall was sold to James Ward and following a partial restoration and modernisation, the property was opened to residents as Impney Manor Hotel. It was requisitioned by the War Office, becoming the billets for the Officer Cadet Training Units.

The war years left the house in a neglected state, with thousands of pounds worth of damage and the property had to be restored and grounds replanted.

In April 1949, the hotel was renamed as Chateau Impney and opened to residents and visitors once more.

In the fifties and sixties the hotel hosted the Chateau Impney Hill Climb speed trials. The event attracted some of the biggest motorsport personalities of the day. In 2013, the hotel held a gala to celebrate the original speed trials, and to gauge public interest in the potential return of the hill climb. The event was a success, drawing in over 1,000 attendees. The inaugural revival event took place in July 2015.

In 1968, the Bluesology festival, one of the earliest rock festivals in the UK, was held in the grounds, and featured Fleetwood Mac and Joe Cocker.

In the last few years, along with a gala to celebrate the original speed trials and a revival of the event, the hotel has embarked on a tree planting scheme to restore its 110 acres of parkland.

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