Richard D'Oyly Carte was a London theatre impresario who brought together dramatist WS Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. A key theatreland figure in the latter part of the Victorian era. The Simon Cowell of his era!
The island was called Folly Eyot until the eponymous owner bought it. Richard D'Oyly Carte was the producer of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas from 1875 to 1896, founder of the Savoy Theatre and Royal English Opera House (now the Palace Theatre) in London, and a hotelier. D’Oyly Carte build the Savoy Hotel and owned several others including Claridge’s.
He is understood to have bought the island in around 1890, quickly replacing its Folly Eyot title with his name. After buying the plot he began building the giant property, which has 13 bedrooms, a grand ballroom 5 bathrooms, 40 boat moorings and, on the mainland parking for 40 cars.
Eyot House is currently being restored to the standard expected by its former owner, Richard D’Oyly Carte, who hosted his Savoy Hotel guests and his celebrity musicians for drink, food and entertainment.
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