40 Years On - The Night Lord Lansdowne Helped The Haylocks

The Story

It’s hard to appreciate just how much has changed in 40 years, Calne’s landscape has drastically changed and so has the Bowood estate.
Today we wanted to share a story of celebration with you.

Yesterday, we had the distinct pleasure of extending a warm welcome to Julie and Andrew Haylock, as they commemorated their 40th wedding anniversary.

A full four decades ago, 17th September 1983 on their wedding day, chance led them to a secluded and rustic corner of Calne following an unfortunate car mishap. In those days, lacking the convenience of a mobile phone of any kind, they found themselves caught in a very troublesome situation.

Fortunately, a fellow motorist who witnessed their distress stopped to help. It was none other than Lord Lansdowne, who had a “car phone” and used it to call a nearby garage for their car’s repairs. Afterward, Lord Lansdown invited Julie and Andrew to stay at the Bowood Stately Home. They enjoyed a delicious meal and fine champagne in the well-appointed guest rooms to ease their distress. The following day, Lord Lansdowne continued his helpfulness by personally driving Julie and Andrew to the train station to continue their honeymoon without any interruptions.

The friendship formed that evening has endured over time, marked by the yearly exchange of Christmas cards. Yesterday, Julie & Andrew revisited Bowood, the place where their initial meeting occurred, to witness the remarkable changes that have made Bowood where is it now.
The reunion between Lord and Lady Lansdowne and the joyful couple, Julie and Andrew, was a heartwarming experience, filled with delight and appreciation. We take great pleasure in sharing this heartening story, marked by themes of kindness, generosity, and friendship.

In the pictures, you can also see the newspaper clipping of the story from over the years.

Discover Our Eco-Friendly Efforts at Bowood Hotel

Are you keen to learn more about our efforts to become a sustainable hotel?

At Bowood, we understand the impact hotels can have on the environment; that’s why we’re continuously working to reduce our carbon footprint and become more environmentally-friendly.

Read on to discover how we’re achieving our sustainable hotel status:

Our Sustainable Hotel Plans

Nestled in a 4,000 acre estate in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, our hotel is an iconic landmark in the local area. Owned by the Lansdowne family since 1754, it’s now under the management of the 9th Marquis of Lansdowne — who’s future plans for the estate centre around sustainability.

Setting objectives for between now and 2030, he’s already been working hard to achieve a sustainable hotel status.

In the last 50 years, he’s spearheaded the planting of over 1.2 million trees, and it’s estimated that the woodlands offset more than 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

In the next 7 years, the plan is to purchase 50% of our services and consumable supplies from within 50 miles, generate renewable energy on the estate, and reduce direct fossil fuel consumption by 50% — as well as continue phasing out single-use plastics and improve the comprehensive recycling facilities.

Reducing Our Energy Consumption

At Bowood, we’ve installed a 500kw biomass boiler, which is fuelled by sustainably sourced wood chips from within our estate.

This provides heating and hot water throughout the resort, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and contributing to a cleaner environment.

We’ve also installed four rapid electric vehicle charging stations on-site, to help reduce unnecessary emissions and encourage greener transport solutions.

Becoming a Sustainable Hotel: Our Private Water Supply

Reducing our water consumption is an important aspect in our sustainable hotel plans. To help us do this, we’ve introduced a primary water supply for the PGA Golf Course irrigation system, that comes from our estate’s private water supply.

This reduces our use of treated mains water, whilst promoting sustainable water management practices.

Habitats, Flowers and Food

During the development of our PGA Golf Course, we dedicated 60 acres of grassland to wildflowers.

Designed to encourage diverse floral species and support local wildlife, this demonstrates our commitment to balancing recreational activities with the preservation of nature.

We’re also committed to minimising our reliance on external sourcing. So, we’ve made a bountiful fruit and vegetable patch in the Walled Gardens, using the produce to create a range of exquisite dishes in our Shelburne Restaurant.

We also collect our own flowers to create floral displays for the hotel, adding a personal, sustainable touch to our decor.

Implementing Digital Platforms to Reduce Paper Waste

We’ve reduced single-use plastics in our hotel bedrooms by over 90% — and our imminent plans are to eliminate them completely.

Additionally, we’ve introduced a digital guest app in order to reduce paper waste. This provides key information for our guests, minimising the need for printed materials.

Whilst at present our membership cards are printed on 100% recycled paper, we’ll be transitioning these to become entirely digital, too, further supporting our efforts to become a fully-sustainable hotel.

Reduced Farmland Practices

At Bowood, we’re fortunate to have over 700 acres of permanent pasture, which is predominantly grazed by sheep.

This ensures our farmland practices are low or zero, helping to preserve the landscape and reduce our reliance on fossil-fuelled machinery.

Having come so far already in becoming a sustainable hotel, we’re excited for our future plans and further implementations of greener solutions.

To find out more about our estate, please contact a member of our team.

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover more about our beautiful grounds and gardens?

Your Event in Wiltshire

Are you looking for an idyllic location to host your special occasion?

Whether it’s an intimate birthday gathering or a showstopping wedding, Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort offers a stunning venue for all celebrations.

Keep reading to discover why our estate is the perfect place to host events in Wiltshire

Why Choose Bowood for your event in wiltshire?

When it comes to planning events in Wiltshire, there are lots of factors to consider, including food, accommodation and capacity.

At Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, we can cater for all your needs, with tailored celebration packages and plenty of options for making your vision a reality.

Just a few of the reasons why Bowood is the idyllic destination for events in Wiltshire include our:
Rolling countryside setting;
Breathtaking, expansive grounds;
Exquisite dining experiences;
Multitude of rooms and event spaces;
Dedicated staff on hand to bring it all together.

Versatile Rooms and Spaces for Every Occasion

At Bowood, we offer a selection of private rooms that can accommodate up to 160 guests, providing a comfortable and elegant setting for your special event.

Additionally, we have 43 opulent bedrooms available for your guests to stay overnight, ensuring a seamless and convenient experience.

One of our most sought-after event spaces is the superior Kerry Suite, which features its own fully-licensed bar, an exceptional culinary team, and a sophisticated backdrop that is certain to impress your guests.

If you’re seeking an outdoor wedding ceremony, our beautiful pavilion offers a stunning setting against the picturesque Bowood Estate.

Our talented culinary team will work closely with you to plan a bespoke menu, whether you prefer a hot or cold buffet, an elegant afternoon tea, or a sit-down dinner.

Inject a Little Personality in to Your Event

We have a range of decor that we can use to dress your event, but we’re also more than happy to accommodate any outsourced items, such as floral arrangements.

We understand the importance of injecting your personality into your celebration, ensuring it’s unique to you and your guests. So, our dedicated teams will work closely with you to capture your ideas and help bring them to life.

Additionally, we have a carefully-curated list of trusted local businesses that we collaborate with, including florists, transportation services, cake designers, and photographers. With our network of reliable suppliers, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that every aspect of your event is in capable hands.

Indulge in Our Luxury Catering Choices

Our highly skilled chefs will prepare an exquisite dining experience for your celebration — for up to 160 guests.

Our spacious, luxury rooms are the perfect spot for you to indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea or delectable buffet lunch, or even host an elegant canape reception.

No matter how big or small your event, we’ll ensure every detail is planned with precision and perfection, promising a memorable experience for both you and your guests.

We’re here to assist you every step of the way, from initial consultations to the seamless execution of your event. To speak to our dedicated wedding team or to inquire about hosting other events in Wiltshire, please get in touch.

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover our favourite Bowood walks?

Our Hotel In Calne

Why Bowood is the Perfect Summer Destination

If you’re looking for a memorable escape this summer, why not book a last-minute break at our Bowood Hotel in Calne?

A paradise of relaxation, adventure, and indulgence, it’s an idyllic destination; discover secluded gardens, comfortable rooms, and delightful dining options…

Explore Our Secluded Gardens & Walks In Calne

Nestled within 2,000 acres of captivating parkland and enchanting gardens, Bowood Hotel sets the stage for a tranquil and rejuvenating summer retreat.

Wander through our secluded gardens, blooming with vibrant flowers and scented shrubs, or take a moment to breathe in the fresh air and reflect on the peace our little haven offers.

Golfing Paradise: Swing into Summer Fun

Our luxury hotel in Calne boasts an 18-hole PGA Golf Course that will delight players of all levels.

Set against a breathtaking Wiltshire backdrop, our golf course will challenge your skills while allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the outdoors.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out, we can promise you an unforgettable golfing experience. So, why not challenge your loved ones to a round (or two) before dinner?

Delightful Afternoon Tea at Our Hotel in Calne

Enhance your summer stay with a quintessential afternoon tea.

Offering a refined and flavourful experience, our tea comprises an array of delectable finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of sweet treats.

You can then choose from a selection of fine teas or, for the ultimate celebration, why not opt for a chilled glass of Champagne?

Explore Wiltshire's Treasures

Your summer getaway wouldn’t be complete without exploring the historical treasures of Wiltshire!

A short distance from the historic city of Bath, embrace the history and culture of our surroundings and discover the breathtaking Roman baths and Georgian architecture.

Alternatively, why not visit the National Trust treasure, Avebury Henge, where you can marvel at Britain’s largest mysterious stone circle?

Book a Spa Experience at Our Hotel in Calne

There’s no need to head back to reality anytime soon! Why not extend your stay by a day or two to take advantage of our indulgent spa?

Sink into the depths of our warm and inviting pool, stretch out on our comfortable loungers, and treat yourself to a selection of revitalising treatments.

We have an extensive menu of rejuvenating therapies, each designed to help you feel your very best self this summer; let all your stresses melt away as our skilled therapists ease out the tension in your neck with a deep tissue massage, or reignite your glow with an exfoliating facial.

Whatever relaxation looks like for you, we can help make it happen here at our Bowood Spa.

Stay in Our Comfortable Rooms

After a day of exploration, relaxation and indulgent treats, we recommend unwinding in one of our comfortable yet elegant rooms.

Each space exudes sophistication, whilst our luxury soft furnishings ensure a restful night’s sleep.

Choose from a variety of room types, from cosy chambers to opulent suites, and wake up to stunning views of our surrounding landscapes; the perfect setting for your summer getaway.

The perfect escape, please get in touch to book a summer break at our hotel in Calne.

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover more about our Capability Brown gardens?

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