About The Windermere ManorSomewhere between “stately and quaint” best describes The Windermere Manor. This fine estate, built in 1925 by John E. Smallman is a faithful architectural reflection of Tudor England and a fitting tribute to his father Thomas, a founding member of “The Imperial Oil Company.” Although slightly altered, inside the Manor retains its feeling of a by-gone era of warmth and luxury.
Grandson, John Smallman and his family enjoyed many years in this estate until his relocation in the early 1970’s. The Windermere Manor opened its doors in 1991 after extensive renovations on the existing Manor House. Planned as a component of the University of Western Ontario’s Research Park Development offering meeting/conference facilities, food and beverage and hotel accommodations, Windermere Manor is a hotel, restaurant, banquet hall, and conference facility – all with a resort-like atmosphere.
The Hotel is built atop of what was once the large in-ground swimming pool. The original farm was a horse farm and cash crops were also grown. The Smallman family although known for “Smallman & Ingram Dry Goods” in downtown London and its association with Imperial Oil, also had a passion for breeding and racing horses. Down the path between the hotel and Manor House are the remnants of an old stone bridge that was once part of a horse run that wound through the property.
More recently, additions and renovations have allowed for meeting spaces and a guest room wing that were designed to gracefully blend with the original structure and convey a sense of period continuity. These annexes provide today’s guest with all of the comforts and conveniences of a modern hotel and meeting facility.
The baronial splendor of the Grand Hall, with its lofty ceilings, hand-hewn beams, oak balcony and imposing yet welcoming wood-burning stone fireplace, echoes a by-gone era of pageantry and privilege.
The Smallman Family hosted many gala events and celebrations over the years, The Grand Hall being the site for many evenings of entertaining. At Windermere Manor, we continue in this fine tradition.
The Smallman Mansion remains a significant London landmark and its unique setting and atmosphere have helped create fond memories for many visitors and guests over the years.
Windermere Manor can accommodate up to 120 people for a plated dinner and up to 150 people for a stand up cocktail reception. Numbers around the 100 mark offer maximum flexibility for set up. Windermere Manor is a full service hotel and provides all Food and Beverages onsite.
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