Cosy up in Hoby
Sir Philip Hoby was an ambassador, diplomat and emissary of Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary. He travelled extensively in Europe on royal business and seems a great survivor in dangerous political and religious times. He was given Merdon Castle and the Park at Hursley by King Edward VI in around 1552 ‘to be held in chief for the fortieth part of a knight’s fee’. There was no manor house as such at the time Sir Philip owned the land at Hursley and it is suspected that it was he who built a ‘great lodge’ at Merdon Manor. On Sir Philip’s death the manor descended to his son Giles and it was he who sold it in 1600 to Thomas Clerke of Ardington in Berkshire, his father-in-law. Although perhaps not a room of manor proportions, our single Hoby room is the perfect Hampshire bolthole for any intrepid solo traveller.
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