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B&B at St Elphin's.....

Although many of us Old Elphinians have lived in at St Elphin's School as boarders during our school days, did we ever envisage that we may actually want to go back and stay?! Well now we can!

The main school building which has been sandblasted back to its original state (right), is now known as St Elphin's House and has been completely renovated. You can now run up and down front stairs or take a trip down Long C, without being shouted at as well as taking advantage of all the following facilities!
Left: Front Hall is now bright and modern – unlike our school days! Afterall, if you were now a resident at St Elphin's Park you certainly wouldn't want it to be dark and dismal! The original front stairs and fireplace are still in situ, although they are now painted white. The trophy cabinet, which can't be seen in the photo, is also still in the same place and, again, has been painted white.

On the corridor leading down to the dining room which was erected in 1963, there is now a lift to the first and second floors and a toilet.

Below left: The Upper VI form room is now a lounge for residents of St Elphin's Park, and
Below right:
The staff sitting room is now a library for residents and has a magnificent selection of books.

Below left: The Bistro – formerly the staffroom. At the two reunions in October 2012 a number of the girls commented that it was the first time they had ever been in the staff room and promptly raised their glasses to the staff!

Below right: The Orangery Restaurant – formerly the staff dining room, Maud's dining room, the staff kitchen and toilets which have all been knocked into one very elegant room.

The first floor consists of two deluxe apartments and The Chatsworth Guest Room (below left), whilst the second floor also has deluxe apartments and The Haddon Guest Room (below right). The Guest Rooms are available for use by relatives of residents or for any potential new residents.

However, the good news is that the Guest Rooms are also available for any old girls of St Elphin's School at £60 per room, per night (twin/double) including breakfast. Lunch and Dinner are availale in The Bistro or The Orangery Restaurant at varying prices.

On, and leading off the ground floor are some more deluxe apartments which are accessible from Long Corridor. Also on Long Corridor is the Audley Club. Some of the facilities are off Long Corridor itself whilst there is also a new build at the end. There are treatment rooms, hair salon, pool and health & wellbeing centre (including a gym) and a number of deluxe apartments. Non-residents can join the Audley Club and people staying in the guest rooms can also take use of the facilities.

Special Offer for members of The Old Elphinians
The cost of B&B in St Elphin's House is £70 per room, per night (including continental breakfast). However, if you are a member of The Old Elphinians (TOE) the cost is £60! Although many of us didn't appreciate the area in which our school was situated, it is in fact beautiful and there are plenty of interesting items in the area. So, why not make a weekend of it and book now.

To Book
E-mail stelphinsclub@audleyretirement.co.uk or telephone Reception on 01629 736760. To take advantage of the £60 rate you MUST produce your membership card otherwise you will be charged £70. (If you're not yet a member of The Old Elphinians then you'd better join NOW – see The Old Elphinians).

If you have any queries regarding events in their Restaurant or Bistro then please contact Susan McClean on 01629 737659.

PLEASE NOTE:
There are only two guest rooms available so you may not always be able to book exactly when you'd like.

Guest Comments
Liz Mumford-Hall, 1961-1968, Powys House & Margaret Potts, 1963-1968, Pigot House had a couple of nights B&B in September 2013. Please click on the photo below to see a fantastic selection of photos which Liz took during their visit.

  • Margaret Potts on The Terrace


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