History The grandiose Gothic mansion effortlessly blends Victorian and Tudor architectural fashion with modern facilities. Modified and enlarged by architect Hugh Mackintosh during the 1920s, east and west wings were added, creating a total of 200 bedrooms. The history of the estate spans much further back. The famous Blackfriars Arch, dating to the earlier 13th century, was recently rediscovered, shrouded by trees within the grounds, just one of the historic wonders found at the venue. Add to this the cedar tree reputedly planted in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I!