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Amazing Retreats Unveils Development Plans for Stanbrook Abbey

Former Monastery in Worcestershire, United Kingdom to be Transformed
into Wedding and Event Venue with 55 Bedroom Suites

8 December 2011 - Amazing Retreats (, a collection of iconic and spectacular properties has revealed their development plans for Stanbrook Abbey, a former monastery located in Callow End, Worcestershire. Following approval of phase one planning applications, the magnificent property will be beautifully restored and transformed into a premier weddings and events venue following a multi-million pound investment from owner Mike Clare.

Previously home to a community of Benedictine nuns since 1835, Stanbrook Abbey is largely unseen to the general public and is currently undergoing extensive renovations, phase one of which 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 their beautiful former glory. Once completed, the venue will be available for weddings, banqueting and events and will comfortably seat 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 Nun’s bedrooms will be converted into 55 luxuriously appointed 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.

For more information on Stanbrook Abbey visit or call +44 (0) 1494 682 682.

Amazing Retreats, a division of Clarenco LLP, was launched in 2010 with a portfolio of diverse and inspirational properties. The brand consists of a number of stunning properties around the UK including the flagship fifteenth century Scottish castle Ackergill Tower, the world famous Victorian Sea fort Spitbank Fort and the magnificent former monastery Stanbrook Abbey.

Amazing Retreats is the brainchild of entrepreneur Mike Clare, founder of bed specialist Dreams plc and the Clare Foundation charity.

The Portfolio:
Ackergill Tower (Scotland), Bath Lodge Castle (Bath), Carberry Tower (Scotland), Kinnettles Castle (Scotland), Plas Rhianfa (Wales), Spitbank Fort (the Solent, off Portsmouth), Stanbrook Abbey (Worcestershire),<>

Brooke White
Marketing Manager
01494 682 018

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