Combermere Abbey, our home on the border of Cheshire and Shropshire A thousand years of history
With a rich history stretching back centuries, hear about its fascinating story on this new short video. Its remarkable role in the history of Cheshire and its borderlands of Shropshire and North Wales, as well as its 25 year restoration story can now be enjoyed on a guided tour, so do come and visit us. Today Combermere is still a family home and embraces the 21st century with an eye to the future, and its long term sustainability.
Combermere Abbey began as a Cistercian monastery in 1133. Well supported, its lands and holdings reached an impressive 22,000 acres at its peak, the extent of which we can see in early maps.
Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536, the Abbey and lands were gifted to Sir George Cotton. He built a Tudor manor house incorporating the Abbots Hall and his descendants owned the estate until 1919.
Steeped in history
Centuries of history can be seen in the magnificent architecture of Combermere Abbey. Between 1814 and 1820, the house was remodelled in the popular Gothic style by the 1st Viscount Combermere from the grand ballroom to the Jacobean style stable block, the clock tower to the Stone Lodge, there is much to behold.
Restored to former glory
Two major restoration programmes have taken place in more recent years. The second of these, in 1992, was started to restore all the listed buildings on the estate as well as the main house. This 25-year plan has included the complete renovation of the North Wing of the house, now even more stunning than it was back in 1820!