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Brief description of site

Combe Abbey lies within a 20th-century country park covering about 200 hectares. The site incorporates 17th, 18th and 19th-century park and garden features around 12th-century monastic and later buildings. The park was landscaped in 1771 by Lancelot Brown. Between 1861 and 1865 the gardens were re-designed by William Andrew Nesfield (the west side) and William Miller, the head gardener, who was responsible for the east gardens including the walled kitchen garden, now no longer extant. The house is now a hotel.

Brief history of site

The Cistercian monastery of Combe was founded by Richard de Camville in 1150. After the Dissolution in 1539, the site was granted to Mary, Duchess of Somerset and Richmond. From 1581, John Harington converted the former monastic buildings into one of the most substantial houses in the county. In 1771-7 the sixth Lord Craven commissioned Lancelot Brown to landscape the 17th-century park surrounding Combe Abbey, and a series of landscape structures including lodges, kennels and a menagerie were built to designs either by Brown or Henry Holland.

Location information:

Address: Combe Abbey, Brinklow Road, Binley, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV3 2AB

Locality: Coventry

Local Authorities:

Warwickshire; Rugby; Combe Fields

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 140 Grid Ref: SP403 797
Latitude: 52.4138 Longitude: -1.40893

Directions:

5 miles east of Coventry, off the B4027 south of the M6.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

02476 453720
Country park open daily, 7.30 to dusk.

Visitor information:

Parking (small charge), visitor centre, restaurant, shop,WCs.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: country park

Context or principal building: hotel

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: After 1150

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 270

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