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UK The Springs Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire - August 2018

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So back in August (yes I'm slow as ever!); a non-explorer friend and myself visited The Springs in Wallingford, which at the time was a bit of a local tourist trap; but it was an afternoon out!

It had really dawned on me at this point which way this hobby is going these days.  No word of a lie; there was at least 15 people in that hotel, all this new wave of "YouTube Explorer" we all have our opinions of.  They were all nice enough there and then, but a couple were very, very loud and had small children with them.  

 

Inevitably, a member of staff of the live Golf Course this was on came and flushed everyone out, myself and my friend sat in an old en-suite upstairs and waited for it to die down.  

After that; we explored for an hour and a half or so; not much to see here, fairly plain, but it was an enjoyable day out.  Upon exit the same Golf Course Staff found us, but were polite and we were on our way.

The original build dates back to 1874; a Mock Tudor Style building, this Victorian Villa has been massively altered and extended from the original. 

 

Rock Star Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, purchased the villa in 1973 and was behind its and installed a guitar shaped swimming pool in the grounds behind the building before its later conversion into a 32 bedroom hotel. 

 

The last owners bought the hotel in 1995 and added a large golf course and club to the grounds. 

 

The Springs finally closed in 2014 after the owners could no longer afford the vast upkeep.  The Golf Club however; voted one of the best in Oxfordshire is still open.

 

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As Always Guys, Thank You.  More Hotel At:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157674868589418

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3 hours ago, AndyK! said:

Nicely covered, good to see a bit more than just that ceiling

Thanks mate. Yeah it has some redeeming features. I like the safety deposit boxes.

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9 hours ago, Dubbed Navigator said:

I really like that hallway, pretty swish.

 

Nice work mate, did the you tube goons attract any attention?

 

Yes mate. Got caught. But we were lying low and didn’t get caught till our exit. 

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On 11/19/2018 at 6:46 PM, Dubbed Navigator said:

Its the "Future" of urbex according to a lot out there.

 

Bollocks to that.

 

Indeed!  This hobby has been going South for years!

 

On 12/9/2018 at 6:47 AM, Andy said:

The ceiling in the first shot is simply fantastic.

 

Thanks Mate :)

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