Images of Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre
Decimus Burton's Calverley Hotel - July 2003
(since 1998 known as Hotel du Vin)


Hotel du Vin formerly Calverley Hotel


The sandstone grade II listed building was built as a private residence in 1762. The owners delayed conversion to a hotel because of Queen Victoria's last visit in 1835.
The former Calverley House, sometimes called Lushington House, was altered many times before Decimus Burton (1800 - 1881) incorporated it into the Calverley Estate. He added one of its most attractive features, the long verandah on the south side overlooking Calverley Park.
Many of the stylish houses and villas of this town planner, were demolished in Tunbridge Wells. An intact Calverley Estate would nowadays likely be the attraction of the South East.




Calverley Hotel - Entrance Front, Colbran's Guide for Tunbridge Wells 1840


Colbran's Guide for Tunbridge Wells 1840:
Victoria Lodge is named after her present Majesty, as it adjoins Calverley House, (now an Hotel) in which Her Majesty and her royal mother, the Duchess of Kent, were residing when these buildings [ CALVERLEY ESTATE ] were commenced.
In the autumn of 1829, this extensive undertaking was commenced from the designs of Decimus Burton, Esq. the eminent Architect of Spring Garden, London.




Calverley Hotel - Garden Front, Colbran's Guide for Tunbridge Wells 1840


Colbran's Guide for Tunbridge Wells 1840:
Calverley Park, which comprises 26 acres, adjoining to and overlooking 20 acres of meadow and pleasure grounds in front ot the Calverley Hotel, and contains twenty-four villas, chiefly of the Italian and Crecian style of architecture.




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Decimus Burton -
Colbran's Hand-Book and Visitor's Guide for Tunbridge Wells 1855

Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells

The Telephone House Neighbours Association informs on CALA Homes (South) Development:
CALA Group acquired the controversial planning permission for the high density development of Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.
CALA Homes fail to seize the opportunity to reinstate the historic landmark, Decimus Burton's Trinity Church.