Welcome to Cuckney House
As part of the long-term Welbeck Project to re-purpose and breathe new life into the Estate’s collection of historic buildings, the glamorous transformation of one of our largest residential properties to date, Cuckney House, has been revealed.
Originally owned by the Earl of Bathurst and purchased by the 4th Duke of Portland in 1844. Cuckney House will once again become a place for special gatherings, whether big birthday celebrations, self-catering family holidays, corporate away breaks or small wedding receptions.
William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland.
Located in a secluded woodland with manicured grounds, Cuckney House is best known for having starred in the 2014 multi-award-winning film Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain’s coming-of-age story during World War I.
The New Look Cuckney House
Northern Design Award winner Rachel McLane has sympathetically dressed every room in a classic, timeless style that shines a light on the grand proportions and original architectural features. There are three beautiful reception rooms and 15 bedrooms (sleeping up to 31 people), including a sensational bridal suite.
“The team at Welbeck Estate clearly care very much about their work, and it was a real privilege to work with them on this project which went from concept stage through to building completion. We were able to respect Cuckney House's listed status while giving each room its own identity and personality, reflecting the original use of the building as a Manor House. The design intent was to make Cuckney House feel like it had evolved rather than an overly designed modern interior. The overall look is eclectic and traditional, with a contemporary twist suited to today’s living expectations.”
Conservation & Sustainability
Through the Welbeck Project, the estate is building a strong creative and sustainable community and focusing on regenerating the many heritage buildings with the help of local artisans and specialists.
Every decision taken in the restoration of Cuckney House was made with sustainability at its heart, whether it was the provision of electric car charging points or a renewable energy heat source and solar panels or not interfering with the original classic beauty of the property. Designed so that every room need not have a kettle, each storey of the House has a communal coffee and tea pod cubicle.
Cuckney House is now open for bookings. It is hoped that the Manor House will once again become a place for special gatherings, whether big birthday celebrations, self-catering family holidays, corporate away breaks or small wedding receptions. It will also be used as accommodation for guests of Hazel Gap wedding venue, which is also based on the Welbeck Estate, only a five-minute drive away.