Discover the adventurous spirit of The Woburn Abbey Estate. Situated in the main hotel, these rooms offer a chance to delve into a little piece of Woburn's rich history. Be inspired by the adventures of “The Flying Duchess”, learn about the family's winning horseracing connections and how Chinoiserie style decorative wallpapers and artworks were popular during 18th and 19th century at Woburn Abbey.
The 'Flying Duchess' Suite
The wife of the 11th Duke, Duchess Mary took her first flight in 1925 aged 63. She was hooked and fast became a brave and passionate pilot whose love for flying gave rise to her name “The Flying Duchess”.
'The Flying Duchess' Room reflects Duchess Mary's love of birds, from the owl lampshades to the colourful bird egg wall display. A large sofa bed makes the room ideal for families.
The Chinese Room Suite
The Chinese Room is reflective of the personal tastes of The Dukes and Duchesses of Bedford during the 18th and 19th century who decorated their rooms with wallpapers, silks, furniture and objects from China as well as from other Far Eastern countries. The Abbey is currently hosting an exhibition 'Peeling Back the Years' showcasing the decorative wallpapers used at Woburn Abbey during these periods.
The Racing Room Suite
The Racing Room Suite reflects the strong connection with horseracing going back many centuries. The family colours (some of the oldest private colours in racing) are purple and white stripes with a black velvet cap and gold tassel.
Deep rich purple fabrics and furnishings enhance this contemporary suite, with its own sitting room and unique bed stand made to resemble horse reins.