Enjoy the great outdoors and learn more about the history and heritage of Worcestershire in 48 hours
I love Worcestershire – its beautiful countryside, historic cities, charming villages and many waterways are just idyllic, and as one of the county’s best-kept secrets, Stanbrook Abbey makes for a perfect base from which to have an end of summer break.
Settle into your long weekend at our early 16th century former monastery with dinner at brasserie style restaurant, The Refectory, which offers fabulous views over our 26-acre private estate. Our head chef is passionate about using seasonal and local produce to explore new flavour combinations – paired with a wine list to match and a great team of attentive staff, you will not be disappointed.
After a delicious hot breakfast cooked to order and a cold buffet of cereals, yoghurts, freshly baked breads and pastries, and a selection of fruits, cheeses and cold meats, grab some fresh air and enjoy the surrounding countryside. Set in the shadow of the dramatic Malvern Hills, Stanbrook Abbey is ideally placed to discover some great scenery with many great walking and cycling routes.
After a spot of lunch head over to Worcester, just a 15-minute drive from Stanbrook Abbey, and visit its magnificent cathedral – a Norman masterpiece and home to the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, before heading off to Hanbury Hall, an 18th century large stately home that stands in magnificent parkland. If you have enough time, sit down to a spot of afternoon tea – there is no finer place to enjoy an English tradition than at our hotel.
Reflect on your day’s discoveries and settle down with a digestive or cocktail in the elegant George’s Bar, or if it is a warm, summer’s evening outside on the terrace, before heading to our restaurant for more modern British favourites that feature on the menu.
After a leisurely breakfast, why not take a tour of our hotel, which has been carefully restored following an extensive, multi-million pound programme. Built by the renowned Victorian Gothic architect Augustus Pugin, one of the highlights of this Grade II country house is the Callow Great Hall. The former chapel and place of worship for a community of 18th century Benedictine nuns who fled France to escape religious persecution, is now a popular backdrop for weddings and private parties and it is easy to see why with its dramatic stone cloisters and gothic stained glass windows.
After you have checked out do not miss the opportunity to sightsee the regency spa town of Cheltenham renowned for its art, music, literary and science festivals in the summer, as well as its shopping and locally sourced food. From here you can visit a few of the standout pretty Cotswold villages with their honey-coloured cottages, quaint little tea rooms and narrow streets.