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Donington Manor is a landmark building within the village of Castle Donington. Conceived and built in 1794 by the Marquis of Hastings, it was originally named The Rawdon Hotel providing rest and refreshment to weary travelers on the stagecoach routes between Nottingham and Ashby.

The advent of steam railways in the 19th Century saw a drop in horse drawn coach travel and a reduction in need for overnight road-side accommodation and stabling. This resulted in the closure of The Rawdon Hotel in 1850. It was then used as lodges for the judges to live in for the Magistrates Courts around 1911 and following this the building became a grand private residence owned by the Shields family. In the lead up to the Great War the house became home to Belgian refugees and Commander Bruel occupied the house from 1918 to 1950. It was then converted back into a hotel in 1969 and became part of the Finesse Collection portfolio in 2001.

Donington Manor Hotel features prominently within the village's Local Heritage Trail with many visitors stopping to admire the original features, including the horse steps at the front of the building, service bells in the old scullery (now The Gun Room) and original fireplaces throughout the main house.


Firstly, to all our wonderful guests we are delighted to welcome you back to the hotel!

As per the roadmap guidelines, all bookings are by appointment only.

Please ring the bell on the main door to the right and we will come to meet you to register you in.

The following measures have been adopted to ensure your safety are our priority:

Hand Sanitizers and anti-bacterial hand washing facilities are in the public areas, entry to the hotel and restaurant together with the wash rooms. Hygiene and cleaning procedures are throughout the hotel, touch points are regularly cleaned with sanitizers and recorded. Personal protection equipment will be provided for our guests and staff at all times. Cashless payment facilities and contactless procedures have been adopted within the hotel for your safety. We will provide good ventilation within internal areas and windows, subject to the weather, will be open to ensure good air flow.

We are committed to keep our guests and staff safe at all times in these very challenging times.

Thank you so much for your support and patience to help us do this.