Hotel Bentley and hotel front

The Hotel



The Gonville Hotel started life as a “Senior Fellows” house that was built in 1830 by Gonville & Caius college. 18 years later, Mr Brindley became the proprietor and later turned the house into a 15bedroom guest house.

It was however in 1962, that the Gonville story started and our current Chairman’s Grandfather, Harold Ridgeon bought the guest house and started work developing the property using his building skills and connections.

In 1972, Helen Chaplin took over the running of the property and Gonville Hotel was opened. It was also around that time that William Bradford and his family became shareholders, adding over 100 years of hospitality experience to the Board of directors.

In 2004, the grandchildren Hilary and Simon Chaplin themselves, became directors and David Chaplin took the reins as Chairman. Since that time, the hotel has undergone significant investment and expansion to become the hotel that it is today.

Gonville Hotel continues to be a family-run business in the heart of Cambridge with true family values.

dog-friendly rooms

Dog-Friendly Hotel

At Gonville, we not only welcome dogs, we adore them. We are dog-loving, not just dog-friendly. Upon arrival and throughout the stay, expect the warmest welcome for you and your four-pawed friend and plenty of attention from our dog-loving team.

The hotel is the perfect pooch paradise, and your dog will certainly feel at home with their Gonville welcome pack, because the importance of our guests' comfort doesn't stop with our human visitors.  

Hotel Bentley and hotel front

Classic British Hotels

Gonville Hotel is a proud member of British Classic Hotels, a one-of-a-kind collection of diverse hotels across the British Isles. 

British Classic Hotel range wildly; from the squeaky-clean ultra-modern resort, to the top-hatted eccentric with a chequered past, the country manor, and now, Gonville Hotel. 

Gonville Team
Truly Talented

Job Vacancies

Our dedicated team are what makes Gonville Hotel the wonderful place it is. Their passion for quality hospitality shines throughout the hotel. Please see below for our current vacancies.