Amazing Retreats has revealed its development plans for Stanbrook Abbey, a former monastery located in Callow End, Worcestershire. Following approval of phase one planning applications, the property will be restored and transformed into a weddings and events venue following a multi-million pound investment from owner Mike Clare.
Previously home to a community of Benedictine nuns since 1835, the phase one of Stanbrook Abbey's renovations will be completed in Spring 2012. The developments include the renovation and restoration of the ground floor of the building, including the Pugin Chapel, refectory and kitchens. The front entrance will be reconfigured, and parts of the grounds will be restored to its former glory. Once completed, the venue will be available for weddings, banqueting and events for up to 80 people.
Phase two of developments will be completed by the end of 2012 subject to planning permission. The proposed plans include new stairs and lifts, and the former nuns’ bedrooms will be converted into 55 bedroom suites. Plans for the second phase of developments will be submitted in February 2012.
The final phase of works and the completion of Stanbrook Abbey is scheduled to be completed in late 2013, subject to planning approvals. Proposed plans include the refurbishment of Stanbrook Hall and the old library. Remaining outbuildings will be converted into a spa and swimming pool complex with leisure facilities.