The Hop Pole Hotel was built circa 1740 by the Savile family, owners of nearby Rufford
Abbey since the mid 1600s.
It is a handsome early Georgian coaching inn situated on Main Street in Ollerton
village, opposite the River Maun and watermill. For many years, one of the principal
occupations in Ollerton was hop growing - hop vines were grown in fields along the
River Maun from the late 1600s and a weekly hop market was held in the village.
J. Rodgers in The Scenery of Sherwood Forest, 1908, writes,
“The Hop Pole Hotel is in the class of houses of entertainment that Charles Dickens
describes so well; the landlord, civil and obliging, ready at the door to usher visitors
into the house, where in well and elegantly furnished rooms was to be found an abundance
of means of comfort for the weary traveller. Those who have visited the house remember
with pleasure the landlord’s smiling welcome, the bright fire in the hearth, the
well-made furniture of the period of the early Georges, the quaint coloured prints
of the national sport, fox hunting, and Reynards head and brush conspicuously displayed
over the mantelpiece, and the repast, which was excellent and well-served.”
Today, the Hop Pole Hotel retains 14 beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, all
recently refurbished to a high standard.
A full cooked or continental breakfast is served in the Rufford Hunt room, with images
of the national sport still adorning the walls.
We are open to non-residents for food and drink; on the ground floor are several
reception rooms, with real open fireplaces, a well-stocked bar and pool room.
Large enclosed attractive garden with children’s play facilities.
Bookings for meetings of large groups should be made in advance.
All enquiries please contact Ian & Melanie Vallance