It’s not unusual for people travelling along the A38 just north of Droitwich to do a double take. For standing in lovely landscaped grounds is a French chateau.

John Corbett, the leading light in the local salt industry in the 19th century (see separate entry) built the magnificent house in the style of Lois XIII,

Now known as the Chateau Impney Hotel, it was designed by a French architect as a gift for Corbett’s wife, Hannah Eliza O’Meara, who was of mixed French/Irish descent and had been raised in Paris, where the couple met and were married.