Overview

Combermere Abbey was originally a cistercian Monastery dating from 1133, became a Tudor Manor and then re-modelled in 1820 in the Gothic style for Viscount Combermere, one of Wellington’s favourite generals.

Situated on the shores of a large mere in Cheshire and set in 1000 acres, it was bought in 1919 by Sir Kenneth Crossley, the Manchester car manufacturer, and is now owned by his great granddaughter and her family.

An awarding winning estate with 7 listed buildings now all restored after a 25 year programme, it has diversified into tourism with 10 self-catering cottages and a luxury B & B in the North Wing of the Abbey; corporate event management and weddings; a location for film, TV and advertising; business park and an organic farm.

Well recognised as a centre of excellence in South Cheshire, it has won many awards including the Historic Houses/ Sotheby’s Award in 2016 for the restoration of the Abbey.

 


Opening
Opening

2019

Tuesday 2nd April to Thursday 4th July on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
The house itself can only be visited during one of the afternoon guided tours – numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential through the Estate Office – 01948 662 880.
 
Group tours take place all year round and must be arranged in advance.

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Appointment

The house is open for tours through the Invitation to View scheme.

Find Us
Find us

Between Nantwich, Cheshire (6 miles) and Whitchurch, Shropshire (4 miles) on the A530, 1 mile from Aston and at the junction with the A525 to Newcastle. 20 miles from Shrewsbury and Chester.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

See Combermere's website

Admission
Admission

Open days: £8 per adult, £4 children (under 16), tour lasts approx 1.5 hours.

Group tours: £13 per person to include refreshments, tour lasts approx 3 hours.

Invitation to View - tour by owner £18 per person inc. refreshments

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group tours take place all year round and must be arranged in advance.

Please contact the Estate Administrator on 01948 662880 or estate@combermereabbey.co.uk

Or in writing to The Estate Office, Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, SY13 4AJ


A word from the owner

We have done many tours during the past 25 years, and hosted the HRH Duchess of Wessex, boy band One Direction and actress Jane Seymour. Wayne Rooney and Johnnie Evans have been guests at Combermere as well. We look forward to welcoming you to our special home, whatever the occasion.
Sarah Callander Beckett

Things to See

Upcoming events

21 May 2019

Combermere Abbey, nr Whitchurch, Cheshire

Combermere Abbey, its large mere and 1000-acre parkland celebrates almost 900 years of history. The Cistercian monastery established in 1133 was dissolved in 1536, and the Tudor manor house created for the Cotton family included the Abbots Lodge. In 1820, it was remodelled in the Gothic style following substantial redesign. 

Combermere Abbey lies on the Cheshire/Shropshire border, 7 miles from the present Welsh border. It is a complex medieval and 16th-century building, with extensive pasteboard Gothic enveloping (of the early 19th century), impressively positioned overlooking a lake and set in parkland. The medieval abbey was Cistercian, founded ca.1133 by Hugh de Malbank. The Abbey began as a wealthy house, eventually owning lands of over 22,000 acres, but had a history of maladministration and indiscipline. Finally it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536 and given to a trusted supporter, Sir George Cotton.

Combermere Abbey was completely re-faced in the fashionable gothick style by Sir Stapleton Cotton, the first Viscount of Combermere of Bhurthpore, between 1814 and 1821.  A few years later, in the 1830’s, he made the Abbot’s Lodgings into his Library and the walls were lined with bookcases, reaching right up to the coving.  He also created the heraldic display.  On the two longer walls there are twenty two shields of members of the Cotton family, with dates commemorating marriages.  The shields which run in three lines on the north wall are of families associated with the Cottons.

Much restoration work has been undertaken on The Library over the years, with a full programme of conservation running from 2011 to the spring of 2015.  The ceiling was restored and re-painted by royal warrant holders Hare and Humphreys and the fireplace was rebuilt.  The curtains and carpet were professionally cleaned and the portraits in the room have been conserved. Following a successful enabling development application the Abbey has won several major awards for the restoration of the North Wing which took 24 months to complete, starting in January 2014.


Weddings

As you pass through the grand gates at Combermere Abbey you are transported into another world, a hidden gem in a glorious and tranquil corner of the Cheshire countryside, steeped in history, romance and natural beauty, yours to enjoy on this special day.

Our offer

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

Thank you so much for everything, we really did have the most perfect wedding day. We have been blown away by your thoughtfulness, attention to detail and all round amazing service. Everything was just, WOW! Thank you!

Mr & Mrs Hayman


Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation options at Combermere.

The nine award winning self catering cottages are all placed around the Grade 2 listed Stables and decorated to the highest standard, sleeping 4-10 guests.

Stone Lodge is a stand alone Gothic cottage sleeping 4 with private parking and garden.

The North Wing, in the Abbey offers 2 beautiful ensuite bedrooms as a 5* B&B option, managed by a dedicated team of staff.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Combermere Abbey is available for corporate hire. 

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch