Stoneleigh Abbey
Stoneleigh Abbey
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An independent Charity, stately home and woodland park, ran by a small team of staff and volunteers. this beautiful 900 year old site is brought to life by staff that just love to share the its history,learn about the Leigh family who used to own the house and its connections to Jane Austen, Queen Victoria and so much more, with a small tea room we love to serve our version of an afternoon tea," the bennets tea" which is a selection of sandwiches a scone and a slice of cake with a cup of tea or coffee.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Boldmerej
    6 contributions
    Great day out
    Fabulous day out. We thoroughly enjoyed the house tour. Our guide Paul was superb, with incredible knowledge and such an engaging approach, his enthusiasm is infectious! Afternoon tea was a great way to end the day, again everyone was very helpful and friendly.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Hazel A
    11 contributions
    Great spring day with good tea and Lots of history.
    Lovely walks. Interesting historical building. Lovely tea shop (best to book if you can). The walking and scenery is lovely. Hugo the guide was so well informed and delivered the subject matter is an engaging way.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Julie P
    1,780 contributions
    Definitely would recommend the guided tour of the abbey
    Tours round the abbey are guided only, so we booked on a tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was a little rushed even though it was 1 hour, but very good. Sadly it was raining steadily so we didn't manage to explore the grounds. We had a drink in the cafe which was under the stairs of the hall. The drink was poor and over priced.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 April 2023
  • England_UKLisa
    36 contributions
    Paul the tour guide makes the day!
    What an amazing place to visit. You absolutely must do the guided tour with tour guide Paul. This guy is so knowledgeable and animated that it’s impossible not to be fascinated by the history of the Abbey. Thank you so much Paul. Beautiful grounds and walks and a lovely Orangery for lunch or afternoon tea. Only recommendation is options for dairy free/vegan please.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Henryh
    Ruthin, United Kingdom120 contributions
    900 years in 90 minutes
    Nearby attractions of Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle might easily lead the visitor to overlook the fascination story of Stoneleigh Abbey and the fluctuating fortunes of the Leigh family that tour guide Hugo condensed into a 90 minutes guided tour. The open rooms echo with visitors past, distant relative Jane Austin visited in 1806 for a 10 day whirlwind of the author’s imagination that led to the inspiration of characters and storylines in her esteemed novels. A 3 day visit by Queen Victoria brought about a decorative change to the dark panelled interior of the south facing rooms. Perhaps the most lasting impact upon the house and its surrounds are left by landscaper Humphrey Repton whose remodelling of the River Avon and tree planting across the estate set an Arcadian view that shines into the 21st century. His Red Book is on display in the chapel. Strikingly contrasting architectural styles of the Italianate western block constructed in silk limestone to sandstone remnants of the older sections to the east. A major fire in the early 1960’s has left its mark on the dressed masonry but a remarkable restoration project has ensured that the stunning plasterwork of the saloon and the rest of the interior are now as they were in times gone by. Cricket fans will admire the adjacent cricket pitch, the oldest in Warwickshire, set out on the western flank. Refreshments are available in the south facing orangerie where even the conveniences are concealed by a ‘tromp l’oeil’ entrance.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Jimorg
    Hinckley, United Kingdom18 contributions
    Enjoyable and informative visit
    Visited Stoneleigh Abbey today, very informative and enjoyable experience. Hugo the guides knowledge was outstanding and we were enthralled by the rooms and the history. A cup of tea and scone in the orangery was very pleasant too. Many thanks.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • 485Anne
    45 contributions
    Stunning
    The Abbey itself is beautiful, remnants of a Cistercian monastery attached to the "newer" building, the wonderful grounds lead down to the river with swans and a sweet family of ducks and a tea shop housed in the Orangery. We fancied sitting outside on a bench looking across the river so the lovely young lady brought a folding table out to put our tea on ! Our tour of the house was really interesting ,shout out to Hugo for his wonderful commentary on the rooms and history of the building and the owners and the Jane Austen connection.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Laura W
    Baldwins Gate, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Find time to spend half a day here
    This is a hidden gem, we saw the sign as we drove past and stopped. The tour guide was spectacular and knew so much history, excellent and friendly and every other member of staff was so kind and helpful. The orangery also does excellent cream teas.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Kerri Rays Travels
    Leamington Spa, United Kingdom46 contributions
    A Hidden Delight
    Went as a Historic Houses Member. The place was quiet and serene with delightful views of the River. The tour was what made this stand out though. Paul was by far the best guide we have ever seen and we have seen a lot! For those unable to visit themselves I do video tours and this is one not to be missed when it is released soon! Kerriraystravels dot com. For now I'll leave you with some photos!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Miranda, Norfolk
    5 contributions
    Best guided tour ever!
    Spent a glorious morning at the hidden gem that is Stoneleigh Abbey. The guided tour is an absolute must, it was the best guided tour that I have ever experienced. Our tour guide was so interesting and animated, it felt like a one-man show while covering 900 years of history: the dissolution of the monasteries, the civil war, the Georgian expansion of the house, a visit from Queen Victoria and of course lots of Jane Austin facts! The Orangery is a beautiful setting for the café, but its fare was basic, pre-packed biscuits mostly. I was hoping for tempting cakes and lunch options. The staff were all lovely and friendly and helpful too. So glad that we picked to go there!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
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Andy F
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited yesterday for a Valentines afternoon tea, had a nice welcome from the staff after looking around the grounds - well worth it. The tea was above average with the normal items for an afternoon tea, the tables were decorated with valentines stuff which was nice, we were given a choice of cake to finish which was good. Staff were very friendly and could not fault the service, even free extra tea to wash it all down - great! thoroughly recommend going
Written 15 February 2024
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Expedition620842
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Booked a wonderful afternoon tea for Valentines day. The venue has a historic setting in a vaulted hall and the staff were very attentive. Could not fault the food and would definitely visit again.
Written 15 February 2024
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ronald p
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Entry to the abbey grounds is monitored by a very helpful young man this is the first contact with an excellent staff throughout especially the afternoon tea team who nothing is to much trouble.
Written 15 February 2024
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Sally A
Birmingham, UK1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a day. After searching on google for somewhere for myself and three lady friends to visit today, we came across Stoneleigh Abbey and we are so happy we did!!

What a fabulous place. We arrived at Stoneleigh Abbey shortly after 10.30am (they open at 10) & parking is free!!

We were greeted by a lovely young lady who couldn't do enough to help us. We decided that we would like afternoon tea followed by a tour of the house at 2pm.

The afternoon tea was served in a cosy little tea room within the west wing (as we learnt on our tour) The food was lovely and fresh with a selection of different sandwich fillings. The staff in the tea room were really friendly and helpful, checking that we didn't have any allergies and topped up our tea and coffee several times with out having to be asked. There is also a good selection of cakes to chose from.

Next, it was time for our tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions, the tour lasted almost an hour and is defiantly recommended.

We had such a wonderful day and will return. We will all be recommending Stoneleigh Abbey to all of our friends and family.

Lastly, thank you to all of the staff at Stoneleigh Abbey for being so welcoming and accommodating, we shall see you soon.
Written 10 January 2024
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Siân E
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have been to stoneleigh today, and to be honest I didn’t know quite what to expect, we have been to other Abby’s, palaces and Manor House’s, but I can honestly say as far as guided tours go, this has been an absolute favourite. It was an intimate tour of only 6, and lasted around an hour. Our tour guide was Hugo, an absolute beauty with a voice like butter, I could listen to him talk all day.
He was incredibly inviting, knowledgeable and funny. And eloquently relayed tales of the past.
The amount of information he covered was fantastic and he made the experience exceptional. He’s an absolute asset.
We finished the morning with a lovely coffee in the orangery.
The house and grounds were beautiful but the tour itself was just captivating.
Thank you Hugo and team
Written 21 November 2023
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Jenny Bright
West Midlands, UK75 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Although we were not able to go round the Abbey we went for a tea in the orangey. What a lovely experience the staff were excellent and the cream tea was so fresh . I have a major fish allergy and everything was double checked to ensure I was only having the sandwiches that I was able to eat . On the way out we had a long chat to the young lady on reception she was so knowledgeable and explained all about the history of the house . We will definitely be going back in the spring to visit the house and enjoy another tea .
Written 3 November 2023
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Daydream797600
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Friends
House tour through limited areas but very beautiful, with an interesting history and informative guide. The grounds are stunning and peaceful. Apparently, the River Avon was diverted and creates almost a lake at the back of the house, for the sole purpose of creating a reflection on the water.
The Orangery is a fabulous spot for refreshment. Sadly, afternoon tea starts at 11am and last booking is about 2.15pm. Brunch or lunch by anyone's standards. The tea itself was disappointing, tea or coffee, that's the choice. Regular pyramid bag, no leaf tea and no choice. Canteen style stainless steel tea pot. I've never heard of an afternoon tea without a choice of teas. One round of sandwich per person, four different triangles, but just like you might make at home. Nothing dainty about them. And, if I hadn't asked for brown bread, it would have been cheap white bread. One piece of cake, yes one, none of your dainty cup cakes or mini cream cakes, just one large wedge of a regular, carrot, coffee, others. It neither suited the environment nor the price.
Written 12 October 2023
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Sarah
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a lovely afternoon out doing the tour and a quick walk along the river.
Views from a mum with a pram:
Quite a small entrance with 3 steps down. I asked if there are any other entrances for future and was told no.
Tour was fabulously engaging, but it could get awkward if baby woke up/fussed because you walk round at a pace set by the guide and in a group with others. It would've ruined it for others and nowhere to discretely step out the room if baby cried. There was a lift for the pram in the house :)
We only quickly popped to the toilet, but I didn't see baby change facilities.
I easily found a bench for breastfeeding.
Other notes:
The season ticket only covers the grounds.
The tour had some nice humorous moments and I'm not a history buff
A sign said no picnics. I'm not sure how they would react to snacks for little ones, but I cant see how they would enforce it
Written 8 October 2023
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linatleisure
Northampton, UK44 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Excellent house tour with a very informative guide
Far exceeded my expectations
It’s a beautiful house and the guide made it easy to understand it’s history and additions over the years
We also booked an afternoon tea in the orangery
This was a well situated building overlooking the river
Originally it was beautiful, but the tacky decor was underwhelming
Why net curtains and plastic flowers?
Artificial bay trees and b&q standard trellis gave a cheap and nasty feel to what could have been a really classy setting
There wasn’t much choice other than which slice of cake you wanted
Have-what-you-get sandwiches ( I’m not a picky eater so I enjoyed them all but wouldn’t suit everyone)
Also a scone with cream and jam
No dainty sweet or savoury offerings you would expect with an relatively expensive afternoon tea
Not the best but okay and plenty for me
There was a good range of tea available and service wasn’t bad but I thought they ought to offer tea top ups instead of having to leave our seats to ask for it
I don’t think it was particularly good value and not worth travelling 30 miles for the experience
Written 25 September 2023
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Kazle13
Birmingham, UK46 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely and peaceful place , we decided to do the tour and Paul was a great host and made t enjoyable , I was gifted afternoon tea for 2 for my 60th birthday , we arrived at the orangery was seated and asked what we would like to drink , my coffee was unlimited she said but i never got a second until they brought the £45 receipt telling us it had been paid for …. I now new how much my gift cost too … we was asked what cake we would like not given a selection , 4 triangle sandwiches each mismatched in size and cheap bread , 2 scones that wasn’t fresh at all and 2 slices of pre picked cake , which was dry too … really not worth the money . We wouldnt return .
Written 14 September 2023
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