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"News from Combermere Abbey" 
  April 2012
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Wedding Fayres
What's On in 2012
Abbey Restoration
Seasonal Offers
Holidays Abroad
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Bluebells and blossom are out, wildlife is pairing up and several ducks have decided to nest in our garden planters! Spring is here.   


We are preparing for a busy season on the holiday cottages and weddings, but we are still doing battle to secure the future of the Abbey's North Wing, having failed last week to secure our enabling development permission.  Heritage and planning do not seem to be happy bedfellows.


Sarah Callander Beckett 
Wedding Fayres
Our spring wedding fayre - held at the end of March, was an outstanding success! Over 300 visitors enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and gardens, with 2 fashion shows and 27 exhibitions of top quality wedding suppliers.

SAVE THE DATE for our Autumn Wedding Fayre: Sunday 30th September 2012 from 12 - 4 pm and bridal shows by Mariee and lots of wonderful exhibitors.

2012 Combermere Activities

Homes and Gardens Spring Fair - Wednesday, May 2nd 2012  Returning to The Walled Gardens for a second year, this popular spring fair organised by Sally Jones Fairs will again support Save the Children Borders Committee. Sponsored by Brownlowe Furniture, an eclectic variety of interior design and garden collections will be on offer- furniture, fabrics accessories, and china. Fabulous catering will be available in The Glasshouse restaurant by Sophie Fernall Catering. A Spring date to remember! (Click for more details on our website)   

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Flower Power Fairs of Distinction - Sunday May 27th 2012

Plant lovers heaven! Featuring specialist plant nurseries and collections, Combermere is pleased to be chosen to be part of this popular event held countrywide. Visitors can talk to the experts, get free advice, find unusual plants and explore our unique Fruit Tree Maze and beautifully restored Walled Gardens. (Click for more details on our website)   

The Abbey
Library Restoration update

So exciting to report that Phase one of the restoration programme is now complete and the fireplace panelling and paintings are returned to better than their former glory. Supported by English Heritage and The Heritage Conservation Trust, the work was expertly undertaken by CS Towers of Shrewsbury under the watchful eye of heritage architects Arrol and Snell. Phase two - the ceiling repair is currently being researched - Michelangelo here we come!

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Abbey Tours resume!  

And visitors will be able to see some of the exciting elements uncovered during the restoration works via peep holes!! For details of revised opening dates for 2012 please look on the website.

Seasonal Offers


Summer Midweek Break Bonanza - Combermere Abbey introduces a pricing first!!
We offer one price for 50 weeks a year when you book a 3 night midweek break!! Enjoy a late spring break, long languorous summer evenings, the beautiful autumn colours or dark days of winter and you still pay the same price - sounds unbelievable but it is true. See our website for full details.

Holiday Cottages Spring and Summer Magic  

Take a few days out and enjoy our seasonal midweek break offer of 4 nights for the price of 3 between May 1and September 30 2012.. Book Online and you will also receive a fabulous breakfast hamper of locally sourced goodies!!!! Prices start at 360 for a cottage sleeping 4. (Click to check availability and book online)


Exciting Autumn wedding offer

Tying the knot between October and December 2012 and being careful of your pennies? Look no further! Marry in the most romantic and exclusive wedding venue in the Northwest, and save up to 2000 on the published prices with our special package for the ceremony, reception and accommodation! (See wedding offers on our website



Save money on 2014 Weddings 
You can book your 2014 wedding at Combermere at 2013 prices before the end of June this year. (See wedding offers on our website 
Holidays Abroad
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This is a personal owner's recommendation a la Alistair Sawday!!


Sitting on the banks of the Auvezere Riverin the Dordogne, Le Moulin de la Crouzille ( has been lovingly restored by the Beckett family and is available to rent between May and October. It sleeps 10, has a pool, lots to do nearby and is a wonderful holiday house.  


Friends of Combermere receive a 5% discount on the web page prices, quote CCottages   


Interested - please contact Peter Beckett on   

Look out for more exciting news in the future, and we look forward to seeing you here soon -
Sarah Callander Beckett and the Combermere Team