Coombe Abbey August 13 2014
First glimpses of Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire from its approach road are quite breathtaking. It’s all you’d ever expect from a medieval stately home - ivy encrusted turrets, perpendicular-style mullioned windows, topiary hedging, ornate chimney stacks, garden courtyard and, of course, a moat. Now a four star country house hotel owned by the No Ordinary Hotel group, it is set in 500 acres of parkland with formal gardens laid out by Capability Brown. Originally a Cistercian monastery, dating from the 12th century, it became a royal palace upon the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. It was from here that Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, eldest daughter of King James I, would have been abducted to become Queen Elizabeth II, had the Gunpowder plot of 1605 succeeded.
Café du Monde supplies the hotel with equipment in return for sole coffee supply, on a unique Coffee Partnership Plan. Functions are dealt with using three Bunn Thermofresh bulk filter brewers with several 5.6 litre portable shuttles. Additionally, stainless steel thermal cafetières are provided for their origin coffees in the restaurant, together with a traditional espresso machine using Grand Cru beans. Delegates are tempted with speciality coffees from Franke Bean to Cup machines and all 119 bedrooms are equipped with the leather boxed Service en Chambre bedroom beverage service.
For hotel details go to www.coombeabbey.com.