|Just some of the staff who looked after the Heseltine house and farms - circa 1910|
|Modern day De Rougemont Manor at Great Warley - the best in Essex|
“Gold dust” was the comment from a local historian when I showed her just one of dozens of diaries belonging to the late Mrs Emily Heseltine who lived in Great Warley at Goldings, now the De Rougemont Manor Hotel. Emily was the wife of Mr Evelyn Heseltine, the wealthy stockbroker who came to live in Great Warley in 1875. The diaries detailed the day-to-day world of one of Brentwood’s leading families covering the turn of the 20th century through to the 1920s. We glean glimpses of how the aristocracy of the day celebrated Christmas.
With the news that the De Rougemont Manor has recently been awarded the prestigious Best Large Hotel in Essex, a visit there is three-fold. Excellent food and ambience and a pictorial history of old Brentwood. www.derougemontmanor.co.uk