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Greswolde Arms Hotel (Solihull)

High Street, Solihull, B93 0JU (Show map) Tel: 01564 772711
Hotel Policies
Check-in From 14:00 hours
Check-Out 07:00 – 12:00 hours
Cancellation/Prepayment Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.
Children Up to two Children under the age of 16 sharing a room with adults stay free of charge subject to the availability of a suitable room. Cots are available at most of our Hotels and at no extra charge. Please specify at the time of booking if a cot is required.  Any request for additional extra beds needs to be confirmed by management as this will be subject to availability and a room supplement may apply. Room supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay. Please ring the hotel directly for further information.
Pets Pets are not allowed.
Accepted Credit Cards American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Solo, Switch. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

 

Facilities
Bar/Lounge On-site bar & lounge
Restaurant Pub restaurant on-site
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair access to the hotel
Hairdryer In-room hairdryer
Free Wi-Fi Unlimited free Wi-Fi available
Television Flat-screen digital TV
Free Parking Ample on-site free parking
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities In-room tea & coffee making facilities
Telephone Facilities In-room telephone facilities
Functions

Imagine having the historic Greswolde Arms Hotel as the backdrop to your wedding day photograph. With our stunning venue in the heart of picturesque Knowle village, superb in-house catering, function rooms and lovely bridal suite and guest bedrooms, we can make sure you enjoy the day you’ve always dreamed of.

About the Hotel

The ideal hotel for the NEC and Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham NEC is less than six miles away, making The Greswolde a very convenient hotel base for NEC exhibitors and visitors alike. Birmingham International Airport is just one junction along the M42 – typically less than 15 minutes – which means that airport travellers can relax and unwind before or after their journey. Guests using the hotel on business find it an ideal location just a short drive from Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry. Yet despite being within easy reach of the NEC, the Airport and the main West Midlands towns and cities, The Greswolde Arms Hotel in picturesque Knowle feels a world away from all things work-related.

 

A perfect hotel base for exploring the West Midlands

If you’re planning a more leisurely break, a wealth of historic West Midlands’ sites and attractions are located close to The Greswolde Arms Hotel. The renowned Warwick Castle and beautiful Royal Leamington Spa are only 20 minutes away, and Shakespeare’s historic birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon can be reached in half an hour. For chocolate loving families, Bourneville’s Cadbury World is less than 30 minutes drive. Whatever your plans, this charming, historic hotel, just 5 minutes from the M42 at Junction 5, is perfect for exploring the West Midlands and Warwickshire countryside around Knowle.

How to get here

Free Parking for guests
With two huge car parks adjacent to the hotel, parking is never a problem at the Greswolde Arms, and our quiet location on the High Street at the heart of Knowle means that the shops and local amenities are just a short walk away.

 

How to get here
We are conveniently located just 1.6 miles off junction 5 of the M42, on the A4141 in Knowle High Street. We are close to Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham NEC, Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham itself. To find us by satnav, use the postcode B93 0JU.

Area & Hotel History

The Greswolde Arms Hotel can be dated back to 1680, when it was known as The Mermaid Inn, and the hotel has played a central role in Knowle village life throughout its rich history. It was acquired by the Greswoldes of Malvern Hall in the early 1700’s and remained in family hands for over 200 years.

 

A wealthy family with large estates in Warwickshire, the Greswolde name can be traced back to the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror, and the change of name to The Greswolde Arms took place under the stewardship of Henry Greswolde Lewis. A patron of the arts, he commissioned the English Romantic artist John Constable to paint views of Malvern Hall and portraits of his family. Letters show that he persuaded Constable to sketch a sign for the inn, still called the Mermaid at this point but, although the sketch exists, there is no evidence that a Constable ever hung over the door, due to the artist’s ill-health and Henry’s death shortly after.

 

The oldest part of the hotel, the central section and steep gables, seems to have been a timber-framed structure, but throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the Greswolde family extended and renovated the property to cater for the expanding coaching trade. Located in a prime position on the main turnpike road from London to Birmingham, the Mermaid & Greswolde Arms Inn, as it was then known, prospered by catering to a busy schedule of six to eight coaches a day changing horses between Birmingham and Warwick and using the extensive stabling.

 

Throughout the 1700’s and 1800’s The Greswolde played a pivotal part in community life, hosting Licensing Sessions, ecclesiastical and magistrates’ courts, and providing accommodation for shooting parties of nobility and gentry, as well as the many travellers on the turnpike road. Lady Byron, the estranged wife of the poet, stayed in 1843 after a visit to Solihull.

 

During the Victorian period, the hotel laid its own bowling green hosting the Greswolde Bowling Club, added a tennis lawn and pleasure grounds, and became an approved stop for the Bicycle Touring Club, with a business card from the time showing penny farthing bicycles outside the hotel.

 

The early 1900’s saw the addition of a ballroom hosting regular Saturday night dances for Knowle residents, and by the late 1930’s the hotel boasted an open air lido with wide sun terraces surrounded by lawns and flower beds, attracting visitors from far afield. The lido finally closed in the mid-1960’s, much to the chagrin of local residents. In February 1963 The Beatles, then relatively unknown, stayed after playing gigs in their hectic 1963 tour at nearby Tamworth, Sutton Coldfield and Coventry.

 

Today, after extensive but sensitive refurbishment in 2012, The Greswolde Arms Hotel continues to welcome guests through its’ historic doors as it has for almost 350 years, at the heart of picturesque Knowle.

Local Attractions

About Knowle

Situated on the old turnpike road (now the A4141) from Birmingham to London three miles south of Solihull, the charming village of Knowle is bounded by the River Blythe in what was the ancient Forest of Arden. The village still retains many attractive timber-framed cottages and boasts a 15th Century church and a Guild House built in 1413. The Greswolde Arms Hotel stands just three doors up on Knowle High Street from the beautifully restored Grade II listed Chester House Library, originally an Elizabethan town house, with an authentically planted contemporary Knot Garden. Knowle High Street has a range of local shops, banks and amenities within easy reach of the hotel.

 

The Grand Union Canal passes through Knowle to the south, stepping up through a flight of five locks (originally six) built in 1799 and now a listed feature of the Canal.

 

Cadbury World (11 miles)

Just 11 miles from The Greswolde Arms Hotel at Bournville, Cadbury World is one of Birmingham’s biggest visitor attractions for chocolate loving kids and adults alike. Learn about the history of chocolate and the development of the world famous Cadbury business, with plenty of opportunities to sample the products along the way.

 

Warwick Castle (11 miles)

This stunning English landmark encompassing over 11 centuries of history is a must-visit for history buffs and families. With attractions including Merlin’s Dragon Tower, the Castle Dungeon and the world’s biggest working trebuchet siege engine, there is something for everyone at Warwick Castle.

 

Coventry Cathedral (9 miles)

The ruins of the old Cathedral, completely destroyed by aerial bombardment in November 1942, sit in the grounds of the new modernist St Michael’s Cathedral, opened in 1962. Both are open to visitors daily, and among many noteworthy aspects are the Wooden Cross, made from the scorched timbers of the roof of the old cathedral, and the unconventional spire.

 

Kenilworth Castle (8 miles)

Managed by English Heritage, this Grade I listed building is a ruined castle and royal palace with a magnificent Elizabethan Garden. The garden has been authentically recreated exactly as it would have greeted Elizabeth I touring the grounds in 1575, including a bejewelled aviary and marble fountain.

 

Royal Leamington Spa (14 miles)

Known for the healing properties of its waters since Roman times, Leamington Spa enjoyed a boom in the early 19th Century when much of the beautiful Georgian town centre took shape. The Royal Pump Room and Baths first opened in 1814 and in 1838 Queen Victoria granted the ‘Royal’’ prefix. Modern day Royal Leamington Spa has over 400 shops on attractive boulevards, including many independent retailers, restaurants and salons.

 

National Motorcycle Museum (4 miles)

The National Motorcycle Museum occupies an 8 acre site in Bickenhill, just off Junction 6 of the M42 and opposite the NEC. The Museum holds the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles, including iconic models from BSA, Norton and Triumph and one of the world’s most valuable motorcycles, the Brough Golden Dream. Displaying hundreds of motorcycles covering a century of motorcycle manufacturing, it is not to be missed for the bike enthusiast.

 

Baddesley Clinton (4 miles)

This atmospheric medieval moated manor house, owned by the National Trust, dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interior are a well-preserved example of an Elizabethan manor house, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics – there are three priest holes. The picturesque garden has stewponds, an attractive lake and nature walk.

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