Whatley Manor is a historic manor house, built of Cotswold stone, that had been converted into an hotel some 20 years or so before its recent redevelopment.

Standing on an idyllic sloping site above the River Avon and about five miles from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, the existing listed structures required substantial updating when purchased by a chain of very high quality Swiss hotels.

The proposals were not only to revamp the manor but to enlarge it with spa and other luxury facilities and a conference centre to create one of the most luxurious and exclusive resort hotels in the United Kingdom.

RVW's role extended to encompass designs for the sewage treatment plant, drainage, including two pumping stations, as well as car parking, the main feature access drive, footways and sundry structural and civil engineering.


  • Redevelopment of Historic Manor House.
  • Designed the drainage to serve the hotel chain requirements.
  • Included pumping stations, sewerage treatment plants and general civil engineering works.
  • Drainage designed to extract and route excess natural spring water.

Project Client

MAC Hotels


Powell Dobson Architects