About OCF

The image is a photograph of an engraving by Johannes Kip, showing the layout of the manor of Alveston. The manor, church, garden and park at what was probably the peak of their development. The south-west corner of Alveston Park is the darkened area above and to the right of the church. The walled areas to the east and south of the house are still marked out by walls which if not original are on the line of the original. The east wing has been demolished and the formal avenues no longer exist. A rough field with some fruit trees now lies to the south of the garden.

Alveston Manor House, engraving by Johannes Kip

Originally known as Alveston Manor, the main house dates from the late 16th century and is Listed Grade II. It was owned by the Veel family from 1580 until 1703 and it is their coat of arms that can be seen over the front door.

Many of the fireplaces, as well as the ornate plaster ceilings, date from the Tudor period, evidenced by Tudor rose motifs.

The Veels were Royalists in the Civil War and it is said that Thomas Veel, later Lord Alveston, fought for the King. By the end of the 18th century the house had become a farmhouse. The original parish church of St Helen stood next to the house but this was abandoned in the late 19th century when a new church was built in the village and now only the tower remains. The site of the church predates Christianity and was formerly a Roman site and before that a place of religious significance.

St Helen's Church Tower and remains of the nave wall

St Helen’s Church Tower

In 1960 Bristol Siddeley Engines (now Rolls-Royce plc) bought the property. Rolls-Royce plc used Old Church Farm as a private hotel and conference centre.

We bought the property from Rolls Royce plc in September 2017 to open it to the public as a boutique private hotel with conferencing facilities as well as providing the local community with a new venue to hold special events.

The buildings exude charm, character and history. Whilst the farm house pays homage to its heritage with period furniture pieces and art spanning the centuries the conference centre boasts state of the art facilties to cater to 21st Century business needs.
See our history page for further details