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"News from Combermere Abbey" 
  August 2012
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Wedding Fayres
Earlybird Offers
Abbey News
Seasonal Offers
Combermere People
CarFest North
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Greetings from all of us here in damp and busy Combermere! 


Despite the unpredictable weather, it has not dampened the spirits of our beautiful brides and their guests and the gardens are ringing with the sound of laughter and gaiety as the wedding season is in full swing. 


We are looking forward to a record year, and a busy and productive autumn, with lots of festivals and fun in the neighbourhood. Spurred on by our Olympic spirit, the fight to save the Abbey continues, so watch this space!


Sarah Callander Beckett

Autumn Wedding Fayre
Sunday 30th September 12 noon - 4pm

Very exciting, all spaces booked and a waiting list - the Combermere Abbey wedding fayre has become a must-do event! Fabulous catwalk bridal shows by Swan's Brides, a marvellous selection of the top wedding suppliers plus refreshments by Gorilla and Sue Le Bonne. Come and experience the romance of The Glasshouse and Pavilion for yourself.


Combermere Abbey Weddings


Wedding news: Will and Di Harrison who married here in 2010, came back for their anniversary and are celebrating the arrival of Isaac! We wish them many congratulations.

Wonderful 2013 Earlybird Offers! 


Cottages:   Book your 2013 break before October 31st and benefit from 2012 prices. Click to check availability


Weddings:  Book your 2013 wedding before September 30th 2012 and get a reduction of 10%. Interested? Contact our wedding team on 01948 871662 or click to email.
The Abbey
Library Restoration update

More exciting historic discoveries in our quest to restore this magnificent room! Recent research undertaken by paint guru Helen Hughes has uncovered some fascinating information. The Abbot's Dais Canopy dates back to the 16th century and is extremely rare, possibly the only one of its type still in situe and the ceiling design has been confirmed as 17th century not 19th as determined by Pevsner. Detailed research has indicated a number of different paint schemes ranging from the monastic period to the late 19th century.

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Cameras Roll!!..

With the help of our photographer friend Paul Worpole and the beautiful work of other local photographers we are putting together a short video which will be put on the website.. Pictures do speak a thousand words, and the beauty of the environment here and the breadth of what is on offer is so difficult to do justice with words or still photos. Look out for it - due in the next couple of weeks!  

Seasonal Offers


Autumn Short Break Bonanza - 2 and 3 night midweek breaks

As the autumn approaches and the colours turn a rich hue, why not think of spending a couple of midweek days with us to recharge the batteries, or indeed just enjoy the peace and quiet here. Take advantage of our innovative short break pricing and book in. For breaks taken in September and October enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. It's a brilliant deal. See our website for full details.


Combermere Abbey Luxury Cottage


An Intimate Winter Wedding with luxury accommodation up to 50 guests under 6000

Perfect for couples seeking an exclusive setting for a smaller, intimate wedding with a difference. Celebrate your special day surrounded by up to 50 close friends and family all staying on site in our 5* luxury cottages. (See wedding offers on our website)
Combermere People


Community spirit..  

This summer Combermere staff supported two local initiatives:  One of 39 teams, the 'Slaughtered Monks of Combermere Abbey' (AKA the gardens team) won the community team prize running two miles around Dearnford Lake. And Ashleigh Taylor in Weddings, coordinated 'James and the Giant Bike ride' from Lands End to John o'Groats raising over 23K for Cystic Fibrosis.


Farewell ..

We sadly say goodbye to Patrick Driscall, our head gardener who leaves this month to go the National Botanical Garden of Wales. The beautiful condition of the gardens at Combermere are a testament to his hard work and dedication. Also leaving in September is Serena Cowell, the Event Sales Manager responsible for the weddings team. Best of luck and keep in touch.



We welcome Phil Tatler as Head Gardener after working at Trentham Gardens, Scampston Hall and Eaton Hall. He will be introduced to the busy Combermere life! In the gardens team, Claire Howard, our recent WRAGS student has joined us full time infecting us with her enthusiasm and smiley face! The appointment of a new head of the Weddings Team is imminent so watch this space! And finally, Jeanette Miller returns after maternity leave to resume as Head of Operations in September.

CarFest North

 Calling all petrolheads!  Chris Evans' Car Fest is coming to Cholmondeley Castle on September 7-9.  Not everyone wants to camp so book in for a two night break at Combermere, home of the Crossley Car family and Vroom Vroom to your hearts delight. Click for details of our CarFest package.
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