The Elvetham


The Elvetham is one of the most historic sites in Hampshire entwined in the British Royal Family and can be traced back to as early as the 800’s AD. England’s tales are woven through its ancient oaks and parklands. It’s the site where Eadric the Wild plotted against William the Conqueror in the 11th Century, where King John gathered his nobles in readiness for war with France in 1205, and where King Henry VIII fell in love with Jane Seymour, his third wife and mother of his longed-for heir, to name a few.


The Challenge

The Elvetham had previously invested in a wireless solution that over time had become outdated and, in turn, was no longer meeting the needs of today’s guests. As a Grade 2 Star listed building, a great deal of careful advanced planning was needed to ensure that the new wireless service would provide excellent coverage while respecting the historically listed building necessities. The hotel wanted a supplier that they could depend on to provide a five-star WiFi and internet access service that would ensure fast reliable connectivity and the ability to grow the network alongside their plans to nurture the estate to a five-star rating.

The Solution

Due to the complex nature of this listed property, it was vital for Wifirst to take great care in surveying and planning of the hardware installation locations to provide maximum coverage from areas that are mindful of the historic surroundings. New LAN switches, wireless access points and a fibre leased line were installed to create a fully managed converged network environment for a multitude of services to be installed utilising the same network infrastructure. IPTV, Chromecast, VOIP, Wireless Audio, Credit Card Machines, the back of house network, & Door lock system, all services sit onto Wifirst's network. All deployed carefully, in close relationship with the different vendors, ensuring maximum security and network efficiency was met to feed all third parties extra network requirements.

The Result

Phase 1 of installation at The Elvetham has provided excellent coverage of all guestrooms in the main house, public areas, meeting rooms and formal gardens. The final phase will see our coverage extend throughout the Stable Court building to provide guests with a seamless wireless connectivity experience throughout and a foundation on which other services are able to be provided. As the exclusive wireless network and fibre provider to The Elvetham, Wifirst has presented a fast, robust, secure, and future-proof, fully managed service that offers a great overall return on investment.

"We needed a dependable supplier who was up to the challenge of meeting the complex demands of a Grade 2 Star Listed building. While the hotel has much history entwined within its foundations, we needed an up to date WiFi and data line by a service provider that was able to align with our aspirations of becoming the premium five-star hotel destination in Hampshire.”

Nazoomi Azhar
Group Operations Director, Jastar Capital