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The Perfect Family-Friendly Holiday at Combermere Abbey

By Jenny Schippers – 27th October 2020
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Combermere Abbey, South Cheshire


Where is Combermere Abbey?

The 1000 acre Combermere Abbey Estate sits in South Cheshire, right on the Shropshire border and conveniently located close to the Welsh border and within an hour’s drive of Chester, Stoke on Trent, and Shrewsbury. The pretty market towns of Whitchurch and Nantwich are a short drive away, 15 minutes in either direction, and it serves as a great base to explore many fantastic local attractions in Cheshire and Shropshire including, Ironbridge Gorge, Chester Zoo, and Alton Towers.


Why did we decide to Holiday at Combermere Abbey?

Our October half-term (2020) holiday at Combermere Abbey came about quite by chance after we made the last-minute decision not to travel abroad and amend our plans to remain in the UK. As a family of four, with two young children, we were left with only a few weeks to find the perfect family-friendly accommodation battling against an ever-changing situation regarding travel and a desperate dash to find somewhere relatively ‘local’ due to tier restrictions.

After a huge amount of internet research and time spent weighing through our options, we chose a two-bedroom holiday cottage on the impressive Combermere Abbey estate. The Estate itself includes B+B adult-only accommodation in the North Wing and ten family-friendly (and dog-friendly) holiday cottages within the extensive grounds. Thanks to some last-minute cancellations, there were a couple of cottages available and we chose the contemporary Callander Cottage housed within the original Coach House for a one week stay.

Keep reading to hear all about our holiday and why I believe Combermere Abbey Holiday Cottages are the perfect family-friendly stay in South Cheshire.

The Perfect Family-Friendly Holiday at Combermere Abbey


Luxury Holiday Cottages

We stayed in the beautiful two-bedroom ‘Callander’ cottage, named after the current Abbey owner, Sarah Callander Beckett. Our cottage formed a wider collection of luxury properties within the grounds of Combermere Abbey that sleep between 4 and 10 guests. In more normal times, these serve as a convenient overnight hideaway for wedding guests and form the perfect base for larger groups of friends or family looking to meet for a holiday.


Space to Explore

The majority of the cottages sit within the stable yard and share a communal cobbled courtyard as well as each having its own small outside garden with seating. All the cottages, individual in style, have spectacular views over the parkland and gardens beyond. Within a couple of paces from the rear of the properties, you can access the stunning landscaped Walled and Pleasure Gardens including woodland walks down to the Mere, with wild swimming encouraged! Guests can also take advantage of free bike hire, a tennis court, and the use of a communal BBQ during the warmer months.


Perfect for Families

Due to the private nature of the estate and the fact you are away from any main roads, it is not only peaceful but also completely safe for little ones, with only the occasional slow-moving vehicle making its way to the North Wing or into the communal car park. The formal walled gardens, to the rear of the cottages, are enclosed with plenty of flat lawns and wide paths that would be easy to navigate with a pram. The woodland allows for the opportunity for tree climbing, muddy puddle splashing, and whilst we were visiting in October, conker collecting.


Callander Cottage

We stayed in Callander Cottage and were really impressed with the extremely high standard of finish throughout; the quality of its furnishings, fixtures, and fittings was befitting of its ‘luxury’ status. The entrance to the cottage was directly off the cobbled courtyard through an impressive glass door and into the lounge/dining area with floor to ceiling glass windows on one side allowing for natural light to flood into the space.

The Living/Dining Space

In the living room, there was a 2-seater softa, two armchairs, and a large coffee table in the centre of the room displaying the visitor book and plenty of tourist information leaflets. The fireplace, including a gas fire, was the focal point and it was lovely to see a vase full of fresh flowers collected from the estate’s garden. There was a four-seater dining table perfect for family meals and it was laid out with beautiful crockery and complimentary biscuits.

A Well-Equipped Kitchen

Off the lounge, the separate kitchen was fantastically well-equipped with everything we could have needed for our week’s stay and suitable for making all of our meals at the property. You could have easily have made a cake with the equipment provided here too which is almost unheard of in most holiday lets! There were also lovely touches in here too including complimentary jam and apple juice made with fruit from the estate’s orchards as well as homemade bread, butter, cereal, and milk. From the kitchen, there was a door out into the private seating area with views onto the walled garden and convenient to access the parking/recycling area.


Upstairs the bathroom had one of the best showers we have ever experienced and the quality of the linen and towels were of 5* hotel standard. Alongside the impressive rain shower there was also a bath, great when you are travelling with small children and perfect after a muddy walk into the gardens.

Over the corridor from the family bathroom was the Kingsize master bedroom with built-in wardrobes and dressing table providing plenty of storage space and room to get ready. Next door, there was a twin bedroom (double on request) and this room also incorporated built-in wardrobe space and a dressing table. The floor space in this room was fantastic and provided the perfect space for my two young girls to sleep and play. Both bedrooms featured open-beams and vaulted ceilings which only added to the character of the cottage.

Family-Friendly Stay

Prior to our stay, we were contacted by the team to ask if we required a stair gate, highchair, or travel cot for our stay. This is always a massive tick in my book when travelling with small children and throughout our stay, we felt very welcome as a family.


The North Wing

Whilst staying at Combermere Abbey, I was also treated to a look around the North Wing. This adult-only accommodation comprises the Salamanca Suite and Bhurtpore Bedroom that benefit from a private entrance and personal butler service. The Salamanca Suite, which also doubles as the Bridal Suite, includes an impressive bathroom featuring a free-standing bath with views out over the Mere and his/her sinks. The suite also includes a separate seating area with original Tudor beams and a workspace for longer stays.

The neighbouring Bhurtpore bedroom features beautiful panelling and a cosy Terracotta colour scheme. Although smaller in floor space, this room oozes character with a hidden door into the quirky shower room. Within the North Wing itself, guests can take advantage of a private lounge and dining area, ideal for those hearty home-cooked breakfasts provided within the cost. This would be the ideal spot for a romantic weekend retreat in the country.


Covid Secure Accommodation

With regards to health and safety measures given the current climate, the estate and cottages appear to have everything covered. Throughout the grounds there are hand sanitizing stations at all ‘touch’ points, the cottages are very obviously complying with covid-secure precautions and we felt very reassured throughout our stay.

Further to that, Combermere Abbey also prides itself on protecting and preserving the environment for future generations by adopting a ‘green procurement’ policy, using local suppliers and organic/fair trade products where available. Recycling by guests is encouraged, environmentally friendly cleaning products provided within the cottages, and a reed bed sewage system in place.


The Perfect Family-Friendly Staycation

In my opinion, the Combermere Abbey Estate is the perfect place for a family-friendly staycation in Cheshire. The grounds are vast, there is plenty of space to socially distance and the luxury holiday cottages are self-contained with everything you could possibly need. The location allows you to create a convenient base to explore all that this area of South Cheshire has to offer with the opportunity to spend plenty of time visiting pretty towns, tourist attractions or just enjoying the facilities on the estate itself.

For more details, visit https://combermereabbey.co.uk/


Fancy Reading More?

If you enjoyed reading this, why not take a look at more of my Girl About Cheshire posts including our family-friendly staycation in a Shepherd’s Hut with a hot tub in Mid Wales. Read all about our stay at Holidays Wales here.


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Thanks for reading,

Jenny x


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