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.
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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The house is open for tours through the Invitation to View scheme.
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.
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Car park on site
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
The Walled Gardens offer bridal couples exclusive use of this award winning property. At the end of a mile long drive though beautiful parkland and ancient trees you discover this hidden gem.
Marry in the Glasshouse built by Messenger in 1907 and restored in 2007 which sits at the centre of the world’s only Fruit Tree Maze; weather dependent you can marry outside as well surrounded by ancient trees and beautiful views of the gardens. Fully accessible and also available for cocktails and canapes.
Party in the spacious beautifully equipped Pavilion a few steps away with its own toilets and kitchen. Starlit ceiling, huge windows looking onto the gardens, dance floor, bar and toilets all add to the magic of a Combermere wedding day. Your personal Front of House manager ensure the event runs smoothly.
The Night Before
A dedicated Gothic lodge for the bride the night before offers complete privacy to prepare and a chauffeur-driven ride to your wedding in the owners 1927 Crossley saloon makes your arrival similar to a princess. It is perfect for photographs of the bridal couple after the ceremony
The Bridal Suite
Finish with a night in the luxurious bridal suite in your very own Wing in the historic Abbey and breakfast cooked and served by the House Manager. Decorated by design guru to the stars Nina Campbell and views to die for.
Sleeping up to 49 guests in our 9 5* self-catering cottages 100 metres away and dedicated guest manager ensures that the bridal party and friends all looked after.
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.