Quorn Country House Hotel hosts a meet with Michael Portillo
As part of BBC Two’s second series of Great British Railway Journeys, Michael Portillo, traveller and narrator for the programme, stayed at the Quorn Country House Hotel. This was part of his programme covering the Quorn Railway and earlier in the day he spent time with The Quorn Hunt and the current Master of The Quorn Hounds. The Quorn Hunt was referred to in Bradshaw’s Guide, this is the 19th century guide book which Michael uses as a reference for his journeys.
Staying in the Quorndon Suite, Michael was filmed with a backdrop of the portrait of Thomas Firr, Huntsman of the Quorn Hunt between 1871 and 1989. Thomas Firr is renowned as being one of the greatest Huntsmen ever, and during his time as Master for the Quorn Hunt he was the most highly paid sportsman in the country at that time. Tom Firr was a local celebrity and today Quorn is still renowned for its famous hunt.
In his retirement Tom Firr lived at Charnwood House in the village of Quorn. His house is now incorporated into the four star Quorn Country Hotel. On arrival at The Quorn Country Hotel, Michael Portillo was welcomed by General Manager Janet Grove: “The Quorn Country Hotel has a very interesting history and it was a pleasure to welcome Mr Portillo and have him stay here for the evening. We showed him some of the original features associated with Tom Firr that still remain today, such as the Fox head door knockers and the famous Tom Firr portrait”.
Today the 36 bedroom hotel Quorn Country Hotel, set in four acres of beautiful landscaped gardens overlooking the River Soar, is still very much a meeting place and a place for parties. With its oak panelled reception hall, high ceilings, bespoke furniture and magnificent chandeliers, it has the feel of the traditional country house that one would expect such an eminent country sportsman to occupy.
For further details about The Quorn County Hotel, please visit: www.primahotels.co.uk/quorn.