Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1880

Spa Hotel

Open 2017+

Mount Ephriam

Royal Tunbridge Wells

01892 520331

Spa Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

From The Sphere, Saturday 29 May 1937.

Spa Hotel

Above photo 1937.

Spa Hotel 2017

Above photo 2017.

Spa Hotel matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


Originally built in 1766 as a country mansion and bought by Major Martin Yorke in 1772, after serving under Lord Clive of India and making his fortune with the East India Company.

The Hotel first opened its doors as "The Bishops Down Spa Hotel", named after the Spa town of Tunbridge Wells, in 1880.

It was advertised as "in a pleasant green oasis of lawns and trees in 60 acres of parkland, 400 feet up facing the southern sun. Sporting golf course in the grounds. Solid comfort, quiet hospitality, plus the usual attractions of Tunbridge Wells in early Summer. 85 rooms and suits. Private Bathrooms. Cooking and service of a high degree of excellence."

Further research says it's on the edge of Tunbridge Wells, it is still running in 2017 and has 70 bedrooms, and is situated in 14 acres of gardens and parkland with parking for 150 cars.

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From the Illustrated London News, Saturday 20 October, 1894.

The will of Mr. Robert Pringle Stuart, formerly of Pallanza, Lago Maggiore, and late of the “Spa Hotel,” Tunbridge Wells, who died on July 7, was proved on Oct. 2 by Franklin Richardson Kendall, Herbert Basil Jupp, and the Rev. William Theodore Jupp, the acting executors, the value of the personal estate in England amounting to upwards of 12,000. The testator bequeaths all his household furniture and effects to his wife, Mrs. Ellen Lydia Stuart; and 50 each to his executors. The residue of his real and personal estate he leaves, upon trust, for his wife, for life. At her death he directs legacies of 500 each to be paid to his nephews Clarendon Stuart and Frederick Garling Stuart, and his great- niece, Mrs. Louisa Denne; and the remainder of the said residue held, upon further trusts, for his said two nephews for their lives and for the life of the survivor of them. On the death of the survivor he further bequeaths 5000 to be paid out of such part of his property only as by law is applicable to charitable bequests, to the trustees of the Pusey Memorial Fund, to be held by them upon trust for the promotion of the study of Catholic theology and the inculcalation of doctrine as set forth in the liturgies of the primitive Church, as well as the study of the ancient Fathers of the Church prior to the separation of East and West, and also as supplementary in accordance to the teaching of the late Dr. E. B. Pusey. The testator then states that he is desirous of promoting the study of Catholic theology as set forth in the ancient liturgies of the primitive Church, as well as the study of the writings of the early Fathers of the Church prior to the separation of East and West as illustrating and confessing the Catholic faith held by the undivided Church, and also of the writings of the Rev. John Keble. He therefore bequeaths out of such part of his estate only as by law is applicable to charitable bequests, 3000 to the Warden, Council, and Scholars of Keble College, Oxford, to be applied to and for the objects lastly mentioned. The ultimate residue of his property he gives to the Warden, Council, and Scholars of Keble College, to be applied for such of the purposes of the said college as they in their absolute discretion shall think proper.


From the Courier, 15 October 1920.

Spa Hotel advert 1920

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 3 June, 1921.



The “Spa Hotel,” Tunbridge Wells, was the scene of one of the most daring robberies over perpetrated locally on Tuesday, the thief getting away with a valuable haul of jewellery while the owner and other gents were at luncheon.

The story reads like a chapter from the familiar modern tales of the exploits of a “gentleman crackerman,” so coolly and quickly was the robbery carried out and the “get-away” accomplished.

It opens at shortly after 11 o’clock on Tuesday morning, when the smart pageboy at the hotel noticed about the place a well-dressed stranger, who inquired the hour that luncheon was served. The answer was “At noon.” Subsequently the uninvited visitor was observed sitting in the lounge reading a paper, and the page-boy, mindful of his duties, asked the stranger whether he could take his hat, to which query he received a negative reply. Shortly before noon the boy saw the man again seated in a deck-chair outside the hotel, near the luggage entrance, but a few moments later he found that he had gone.

Meantime, a married lady who had been staying at the hotel for about two years past, and who occupied a suite of rooms on the second floor to the front, had come downstairs to lunch, as usual. The door of her room was left unlocked.

The thief had judged his opportunity well, and, with a familiarity that indicates some prior knowledge, he appears ton have calmly proceeded upstairs, to have entered the lady’s room, slid the inner bolt as a precaution against sudden interruption, and then to have turned his attention immediately to a locked trunk in which the jewellery he sought were kept.

With practised ease he seems to have forced the lock, and, having possessed himself of a considerable quantity of valuables and one 5 note and five 1 notes, he then made his escape by jumping from the window, 14 feet up on to the lawn beneath. The marks of his heels as he fell were plainly visible, and the extraordinary fact is that no one saw him, as the window faces the road and is near the garden seats provided for the use of visitors to the hotel.

The robbery was quickly discovered, for the mother of the owner of the jewellery returned to the apartment as soon as she had finished lunch, and then found she could not gain entrance.

Not thinking that anything was seriously wrong, she informed the page-boy, and asked him to fetch the second porter, who finally got a ladder and got into the room through the front window. To his surprise he did not find that the lock had slipped, but that the bolt had been “pushed home” from the inside.

By this time the owner had arrived on the scene, and the fact that the trunk had been broken open was ascertained. It is noteworthy that the drawers had not been ransacked and apparently nothing else but the trunk disturbed.

Information was at once given to the police, and the Chief Constable (Capt. S. A. hector), with Detective Hinton, were quickly at the hotel. Capt. Hector is now engaged in directing active inquiries with a view to the eventual capture of the daring thief and the recovery of the missing valuables. It is perhaps significant, as indicating how the thief got clean away, that about the time of the robbery a London taxicab was seen in the Langton Road.

The officially circulated description of the wanted man is as follows:- Height 5ft 8 or 9 inches; aged about 28 years; medium build; clean shaven; sallow complexion; dark hair, parted at one side; wearing blue suit, with soft collar and dark tie, black bowler hat, and black boots with light rubber soles. He is further described as of smart appearance and good address.


From the Sphere, Saturday 11 May, 1940.

Spa advert 1940

Above advert 1940.

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'Impossible to investigate and quite irrelevant'

The Orangery & Lobby is part of the Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.

Unfortunately, one customer endured their worst ever afternoon tea there.

They waited six months, before calming down enough to write a scathing review of the "Fawlty Towers style" service they received.

The manager curtly reminded the customer that as such a length of time had passed, there wasn't much that could or needed to be done.

Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

Worst ever afternoon tea.

Just awful From the moment we entered We were on our own in the Orangery. There was classical music playing in the lobby We asked if we could have some music After some Fawtty Towers style shenanigans that I won’t bore you with They eventually put on some techno/drum and bass - Seriously?! It was mystifying. One member of staff didn't speak English so couldn't understand anything we were asking We went for afternoon tea and we wanted to have a bottle of champagne with it Firstly they didn't know what champagne they offered or how much it cost After many discussions and then discovering they didn't have much of what was on the wine list we managed to order They brought the champagne and left it with us - unopened and with no glasses or ice bucket We eventually sourced our own glasses by breaking into the bar Afternoon tea sandwiches arrived and didn't appear to be anything like the menu description The savoury options were inedible as the picture shows. I've never tried to eat anything so horrible. Even a sandwich picked up from a motorway service station at 3am would have been markedly higher in quality. How hard can it be???? We all make sandwiches in our homes and I couldn't even attempt to make something so awful I don't even know how they do it The pastries looked okay but were not made by a skilled chef The macarons were dusty and dry and had a half inch thick filling. Not nice The only okay things were the scones. A truly awful experience that I won t be repeating Ever.

SpaHotelTW. Manager at The Orangery & Lobby, responded to this review.

Responded 5 weeks ago Thank you for your review.

As your review has been posted 6 months after you visited, and we have improved our menu since then which is very well received and have almost an entirely new team, this review is impossible to investigate and quite irrelevant to prospective guests Thank you for sharing your experience nonetheless.



STUART Robert Pringle 1891-July/94 dec'd (age 86 in 1891Census)





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