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The Ormonde Hotel (By: SIR A'S LODGE LTD) – Home 7500363 Lodge

  • 14 bedrooms
  • 2 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Lodge / 14 bedrooms / 10 bathrooms / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

Welcome to The Ormonde Hotel, Chester ( by SIR A'S LODGE)

The Ormonde Guest House is situated only 1 minutes walk from the train station and 3 minutes walk from Chester city centre. Our Guest House with free private parking sleeps a total of 32 in doubles, twins and family rooms, all with en-suite along with 2 single rooms with a shared bathroom plus Free Wifi.

Spotlessly clean through out with excellent facilities which include private parking, en-suite bathrooms, TVʼs, a great self service buffet breakfast, quality linen and duvets, free tea and coffee, free WI-FI and free luggage storage and very friendly staff.

Former Railway Tavern public house, later renamed as the Ormonde

tavern. Late 19th, early 20th century. Two storey, 3 bay semi

symmetrical arrangement with projecting terminal end bays, timber

framed gables to projecting bays. Slate roof, 1st floor timber framed.

Ground floor Ruabon brick with stone dressings to window heads,

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Welcome to The Ormonde Hotel, Chester ( by SIR A'S LODGE)

The Ormonde Guest House is situated only 1 minutes walk from the train station and 3 minutes walk from Chester city centre. Our Guest House with free private parking sleeps a total of 32 in doubles, twins and family rooms, all with en-suite along with 2 single rooms with a shared bathroom plus Free Wifi.

Spotlessly clean through out with excellent facilities which include private parking, en-suite bathrooms, TVʼs, a great self service buffet breakfast, quality linen and duvets, free tea and coffee, free WI-FI and free luggage storage and very friendly staff.

Former Railway Tavern public house, later renamed as the Ormonde

tavern. Late 19th, early 20th century. Two storey, 3 bay semi

symmetrical arrangement with projecting terminal end bays, timber

framed gables to projecting bays. Slate roof, 1st floor timber framed.

Ground floor Ruabon brick with stone dressings to window heads,

cheeks and cills, casement windows with leaded transome lights.

This building is now the Ormonde Hotel. "Ormonde" (1883–1904) was an

English Thoroughbred racehorse, an unbeaten Triple Crown winner,

generally considered to be one of the greatest racehorses ever. He

also won the Champion Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes twice. At the

time he was often labeled as the 'horse of the century'. Ormonde was

trained at Kingsclere by John Porter for the 1st Duke of Westminster. His

regular jockeys were Fred Archer (who features on the sign outside the

hotel in the correct colours) and Tom Cannon. After retiring from racing

he suffered fertility problems, but still sired Orme, who won the Eclipse

Stakes twice.

It has been suggested that "Ormonde's" sire was the model for "Silver

Blaze" in the Sherlock Holmes story of the same name, first published

1892. In the same way, "Colonel Ross" in the story is said to be based on

one of the Grosvenors - the first Duke of Westminster. Eaton Stud bred

"Ormonde" with Fred Archer up. Fred Archer (1857-86) had 21 Classic winners and was Champion

Jockey 13 of his 17 years, before tragically committing suicide in 1886. To keep his weight down for

racing he used "Archer's mixture", a powerful laxitive made up by Dr J. R. Wright of Newmarket. At the

end of his life he returned home ill having lost twelve pounds in less than a week, and shot himself in a

fit of delerium.

many great names in racing notably "Sceptre", "Peregrine", and "Bend

Or". The latter being the sire of "Ormonde". In 1880 the Epsom Derby

was won by "Bend Or" and "Robert the Devil" was placed second

however a few weeks after the running of the Derby an objection was

made by the owners of "Robert the Devil": "on the ground that Bend Or

was not the horse he was represented to be, either in the entry or at

the time of the race." A groom suggested that "Bend Or" (ridden to a

win by Fred Archer) had been replaced by a disguised "Tadcaster"

(also from the Eaton Stud). Bearing in mind that the groom, one

Richard Arnull, had been fired by Westminster and was working out his

notice when he made the allegation, it might have been construed as

a mischievous, even malicious, attempt to embarrass his employer.

After much publiciry the claim was dismissed by the Jockey Club,

although the groom maintained that a substitution had occurred for

the rest of his life - as dis his two sons, who also worked at Eaton. Like

"Silver Blaze", "Bend Or" was marked with a distinctive white "blaze" on

his face. In the Holmes story the horse is disguised by covering this

blaze, and after Holmes solves the mystery wins a race still disguised.

Research by Mim Bower of Cambridge University (Institute for

Archaeological Research), first published in 2012, compared DNA of

"Bend Or" (his skeleton was preserved at the Natural History Museum) to

that of "Tadcaster" descendants. Both chesnut colts were by the stallion

Doncaster but "Bend Or" was out of "Rouge Rose" and "Tadcaster" was

out of "Clemence". And the DNA results show that the 1880 Derby

winner was out of "Clemence" making the winner not ""Bend Or" but

"Tadcaster". The two had indeed been switched, either as foals or later

- the skeleton known as "Bend Or" is most probably that of "Tadcaster".

So the Conan-Doyle story "Silver Blaze" seems to be based on a suitably

Sherlockian mystery that really occurred.

"Azure, a Bend Or", the arms of the Grosvenors prior to the heraldic case of Scrope

v. Grosvenor (1389). The case was heard at St Johns in Chester.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Single Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
    Bedroom 6: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 8: Double Bed
    Bedroom 9: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
  • 10 En suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Internet access
  • Satellite TV

Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:14:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Bash
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
20 Oct 2016

Languages spoken: English


This Lodge has 14 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Aug 2016. Located in Cheshire, the average weekly rate is £245.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Oct 2016.

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