We attended a wedding at the Coombe Abbey and stayed the night. Because the hotel chose itself, so to speak, driving up and walking into the reception areas was a draw dropping experience! My first reaction was that it must be some sort of Hollywood film set, or a folly but Coombe Abbey is for real. Built, I understand, as a monastery in the 12th century and then becoming a royal residence.
I am not sure how to describe this place but from my experience, don't expect a peaceful retreat although the buildings and grounds are beautiful. We arrived about 5 on a Saturday afternoon and the huge car park was full and the lobbies teeming. Afternoon tea here is a "big deal" as are Mediaeval Banquets, Murder mysteries and weddings. On our evening there were at least two large wedding parties and a murder mystery going on.
Our room, in the old part of the hotel was well equipped with heavy drapes and a four poster. But it was by no means a great hotel room - our main complaint was that it was so dark in there but simple things like a bottle of water were lacking. Breakfast was fine, in a beautiful conservatory although we had to wait for a table.
In summary? Well if you have the chance to attend an event there, jump at it. It's a top quality venue in a remarkable building .
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- Coombe Abbey Coventry
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