Friday, 6 September 2013

The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spar, Lincolnshire.

Despite a spell as a military hospital for convalescents in the First World War, the Petwood’s most notable appearance in wartime history is probably as the Officers Mess for the 617 Squadron. Requisitioned by the RAF in 1942, originally Officers of 97 and 619 Squadrons were based at the Petwood. When it was decided that the 617 ‘Dambusters Squadron’ should be made into a special duties squadron which would work in isolation and secrecy, Woodhall airfield was selected as the operational base. So 619 Squadron was moved out of the Petwood and 617 Squadron was moved in. For Officers at war, the Petwood was fondly remembered as a ‘splendid place’ remote from battle.

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The grounds are immaculately kept with several Lilly Ponds and statues.

This is the first pond when entering the gardens.

A view of the rear of the hotel from across the grounds toward the terraced area.

Residents or non-residents can enjoy a relaxing time on the terrace while taking tea.

The rear entrance onto the terrace.

To be found in the car-park, a reminder of the Hotel's war time links. 

The grand main entrance.

The main entrance to this lovely hotel.
For more information about the Petwood Hotel clink on the link below.

All photo's taken on  a Panasonic G5.