Scalford Hall was built in 1908 by Major William Dixon Mann-Thompson, who served with the Royal Horse Guards from 1891 to 1918. Built as a weekend hunting and fishing lodge it was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the famous Leicestershire hunts – the Belvoir, Quorn and Cottesmore. The original stables and kennels for the horses and hounds were situated where the Care Home is now, on your right as you come in.
In the 1930’s the house was purchased by Colonel Colman, of the Colmans’ mustard family. His photograph can be found in the Drawing Room or “Colman Room”. The Colonel and his wife were friends of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and throughout their much publicised courtship, Edward and Wallis Simpson regularly stayed at Scalford Hall. The large carved stone fireplace by the grand staircase was a gift from the Prince to Colonel Colman.
Anyone who has played a game of Cluedo will know of Colonel Mustard. Rumour has it that the game took its inspiration from the Halls’ rooms and the guests who stayed here.