Save The Three Cups Hotel

The Three Cups Hotel

Campaigning for preservation of the hotel where J.R.R. Tolkien stayed and gained inspiration for his mythology. Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, Tennyson and H.W. Longfellow were also guests. The hotel featured in the film, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. Please send articles to me, Andrew Townsend, at or add a comment. Thanks to David Moss for all his work. Comments are closed at WDDC for the plans to redevelop the site but you can still write to the papers.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Best Western Understands

This week I was at head office in the South East and enjoyed staying at the Bromley Court Hotel owned by Best Western. I noticed that they use the slogan "Hotels with personality" to communicate the attraction of the history of their buildings.

The Bromley Court is an interesting property part of which was built around 1800 and was once the family home of Lord Farnborough. However, I thought it would be more relevant to see what hotels with personality there are in the South West of England owned by this group and I found the White Hart in Exeter on their website. Click this link to see the relevant page.

Wouldn't it be nice to see The Three Cups as a flagship hotel for a successful chain like Best Western who understand the importance of history to the hotel business? Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to visit the famous building open to welcome the public? And wouldn't it be fantastic for the business people of Lyme Regis to prosper from having The Three Cups as a magnet for cultural tourists from around the world?

Come on, West Dorset District Council. You have the power to save this most important building for the benefit of your electorate and the English speaking world. You can buy it and sell it in a day and make a profit. What's stopping you?


Blogger Andrew Townsend said…

I’m sure Best Western are experts in the hotel and hospitality industry but perhaps their precision when it comes to English places names could be improved a little. And my knowledge of Devon is not as good as I would like to be. Having studied the webpage for BW’s White Hart Hotel, I now see that it is in Moretonhampstead on the edge of Dartmoor and not Exeter as stated above. That would suit me because in that case, it is very near Castle Drogo and the best lemon cake in the world or so I’ve heard tell. (See my other post on Potter and Wordsworth). For the National Trust page on Castle Drogo, see


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