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accommodation near Kew Gardens 8Grim's Dyke Hotel is beautiful accommodation which has been carefully restored and is country house renowned for its special musical events, banqueting, conference and wedding facilities and in 2004 received a 3 Star Silver

Award from the English Tourism Council. Winner of the London in Bloom
'Best Floral Hotal' award last year
as well as the Visit London 'Best
Small Hotel in London' award

The name Grim's Dyke comes from an ancient defensive earthwork which runs from Pinner Hill to Bentley Priory. The accommodation was built there in 1870 for the Victorian Painter Frederick Goodall, who had bought 100 acres of land at Harrow Weald in 1856 but was unable to build for 12 years until the expiry of a lease. During that time he landscaped the area and planted trees, setting aside 30 acres parallel to the ancient earthwork for the house and gardens. Work started on the house in 1870 and was completed in 1872.

accommodation near Kew Gardens 4The hotel and grounds have been used as a backdrop for many famous feature films & TV programmes, and make an ideal location for corporate events and special interest conventions.

accommodation near Kew Gardens 11Grim's Dyke is most famous for its association with Sir William Schwenck Gilbert the writing half of the Gilbert & Sullivan partnership, who lived in the house from 1890 to his death in 1911. The magnificent former country accommodation is set in over 40 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands. A shrine for Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Gilberts bought the property in 1890. During his 21 years there, Gilbert made a number of changes to the house and grounds. He planted trees and rhododendrons, developed the farm which was part of the estate, and built a number of greenhouses beyond the moat and over the dyke. There was a kitchen garden, orchard and vinery and, for Lady Gilbert who was a keen gardener, a sunken rose garden was constructed on the terraceaccommodation near Kew Gardens 6 above the moat.

Gilbert's greatest joy was the large lake he had excavated to the south of the house. It had an island in the middle and a changing hut and boathouse on the shore. Every day in the summer he would bathe there - a habit which eventually cost him his life.

On 29th May 1911 Gilbert invited two local girls to swim in the lake. He died attempting to help one of them when she got into difficulties.

Life is never dull at Grim's Dyke with other entertainment ranging from Murder Mystery and Auction Challenge Dinners to Gourmet Nights, Matinee Cream Teas and Opera in the Gardens.

"The rooms in the main house and the garden are delightful and the staff are extremely helpful"
Mr A Hughes, Wiltshire, England

In 1970, when it was converted into a hotel, Grim's Dyke was designated a building of special architectural and historical interest. The present owners took over the property in 1996 when the Grade II listed building was extensively restored and refurbished in the country house style.
Sir Willaim Gilbert
Sir William S. Gilbert


Grim's Dyke is great accommodation near London's West End it laying only 12 miles distant.

From Heathrow take the M4 West to the M25. Follow the M25 North to Junction 19 (Watford). Follow the A41 and A409. Turn right into Old Redding at the second set of Traffic Lights.accommodation near Kew Gardens 10

From the M1, exit at Junction 5 (Harrow) and follow the A41 and A409

Guests without cars should take underground trains to either Stanmore (Jubilee Line) or Harrow on the Hill (Metropolitan Line), and then take a taxi.

Attractions near your accommodation
Grim's Dyke Hotel
Old Reading
Harrow Weald
London HA3 6SH
Ph: 020 8385 3100
Fax: 020 8954 4560
Web site:
Rates: (GBP) 140 - 330 per night
Watford Junction - 4 miles/10 mins
Stanmore Underground - 2 miles/5 mins

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