History Originally known as The Grange Farmhouse, the present building dates mainly to the mid-19th century, with some surviving window mullions from as early as the 17th. It is believed to have been the principal farmhouse in the surrounding area, operating right through to the 20th century, when it was converted to residential use; but by that time, the majority of the working farmland had been sold, with only a few acres remaining. The property then passed hands to an Italian businessman in 1976, who opened The Grange Restaurant later that year. Gradually, news of the traditional Italian restaurant spread, and clientèle started arriving from all over - some even by helicopter - to enjoy Mauro Lupi's cuisine. Its potential realised, The Grange was converted into a small inn, which has subsequently blossomed into a larger hotel, now a popular venue for events.