History Built on the site of a royal Tudor palace, the mansion which is now the Oatlands Park Hotel can boast a great deal of history. It was constructed in 1794 for Prince Frederic, Duke of York, King George III's favourite son. In fact, Frederic is 'The Grand Old Duke Of York' immortalised in the popular nursery-rhyme! Unfortunately, the Duke found little time to stay at the country residence, and shortly before his death in 1827, it was bought up and reconstructed by that veritable Great Gatsby of the later Regency era, Edward 'Golden Ball' Hughes. This dandy, widely known for his extravagant lifestyle, squandered a huge fortune. Further additions including a West Wing were made in the mid-19th century, before the mansion became a place of hospitality in 1856, converted into a modern luxury hotel in recent years.