Set an Early Edwardian Terraced Town House, the Mowbray is an outstanding 12 bedroomed 4 Star Gold Guest Accommodation.
The building was built originally by the Duke of Devonshire as a private dwelling. During the Second World War the building was acquisitioned by the RAF to house Canadian Airmen and then following the war it became a private hotel / guest house.
It is unclear completely where the Mowbray name comes from. Some say that Mowbray was given because one of the architects involved in the building of the terraced row was a Mr A W M Mowbray. Others point to the DeMowbray family who landed a little further along the coast during the Norman conquest.
Whatever the origins the Mowbray has been welcoming guests for over 70 years. Famous tennis stars have stayed in the past such as Steffi Graff and Gabriella Sabatini because if its close proximity to the Devonshire Park Tennis Courts. The Mowbray has also hosted many stars of stage and screen because of its close proximity to the theatres.
The current owners, Darren and Laura Weir acquired the Mowbray in February 2008. They decided to leave their careers at the Criminal Bar and to run a guest house. Since acquiring the Mowbray they have undertaken an extensive refurbishment programme (which is never ending). As well as running the Mowbray they both lecture law between October – April at the University of Kent in Canterbury and have a young family with Oliver aged 6 and Hannah aged 2.
With 12 rooms and a small team, the Mowbray can offer a friendly and helpful service that you just won’t find in a big hotel which is why the team has won Les Routiers’ Guest House of the Year twice (2014 and 2016) and been nominated at the AA’s B&B awards for “Friendliest Landlords”.