Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

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

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

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Forthcoming Tours

8 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £20.00

29 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £20.00

20 Oct 2020
2PM - 4PM | £20.00

Tour Overview

Go on a tour of the main house, including the grand first floor hall of the Abbot’s house (now known as The Library). Subject to availability, the restored North Wing interior rooms will also be included. A walk around the exterior façade of the Abbey will also include the service buildings including Gamelarder and Clock Tower, including views of the William Eames parkland.

Tour duration

2.5 hours

Tour prices

£18.00 per person

Refreshments

Tea or coffee and cakes.

Access notes

The most important room in the house is on the first floor and it is not possible to accommodate visitors with severe mobility issues.

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

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.

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

Other opening


Combermere Abbey's history and features

A major 18-month restoration project costing £2 million to restore the historic North Wing of the Abbey is nearing completion.

Uninhabited since the early 1950s, beneath the North Wing’s gothic exterior cladding, the building had become structurally unstable, seriously endangering the rest of Combermere Abbey - one of only a few privately owned Grade I listed buildings.

It has taken nearly twenty years to raise the funds needed, via an enabling Development Scheme, to restore it to its former glory. With planning permission granted, the huge undertaking, which involved many different skilled craftsmen and specialist restoration companies, could begin.

Work involves stripping the 900-year-old building back to the original medieval and Tudor frame, removing the gothic cladding and existing roof structure, and completely repairing or replacing the decayed areas - as well as rebuilding the roof and chimneys - and putting back the gothic exterior.

This dedicated website will share the stories around the project, and the fantastic history of the building, highlight long-hidden features revealed along the way, and profile some of the trades and people involved - including its owner, Sarah Callander Beckett and her husband Peter, the driving forces behind the project since inheriting the building in 1992.

The restoration project will ensure that the rich story of the abbey and its people can be enjoyed for years to come.


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

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