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Abbey is transforming into top events venue
WHERE a convent of Benedictine nuns once knelt in silent prayer, a small army of painters, decorators, bricklayers, electricians and other tradesmen now climb ladders, spread dustsheets and mix plaster.
Nearly 100 workers have been turning Stanbrook Abbey, Callow End, near Worcester, formerly the home of the English Congregation nuns, into a luxurious events centre.
The first phase of the project will open this summer, but by the time the final phase is completed in 2014, upwards of £10million will have been spent on creating one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Midlands. The 150-year-old abbey is being refurbished to luxury standards with the centrepiece Callow Great Hall, which was the abbey’s former chapel.
There are several other large function rooms, while the nuns’ cells (bedrooms) are being converted into 50 luxury bedroom suites, plus a bridal suite and four additional bedrooms in an old manor house.
The abbey will be shown off to the public on Sunday, June 17, with a free-to-attend wedding fair.
Open from noon until 5pm, the event will feature more than 20 local exhibitors including florists and sundries, men’s formal wear and suit hire, photographers, wedding car suppliers, disco / dancefloor hire, hairdressers, make up, beauty suppliers, musicians, cake suppliers and videographers.
There will also be a fashion show in Callow Great Hall.
“Stanbrook’s orchards and gardens make this a unique and wonderful property in which to hold weddings and business events,” said general manager Ian Pollock.
When the project is completed, it will include a new entrance drive to the abbey off Jennet Tree Lane, which will sweep through the parkland grounds to an impressive glazed reception.
There will also be a health spa, swimming pool and presidential suite.