Historic Coventry Trust and Coombe Abbey Hotel to support the city’s economy



Coombe Abbey Hotel was named by Historic Coventry Trust to use some of the city’s buildings as accommodation for visitors to support the city’s economy.

The partnership is expected to launch six historic buildings as holiday boutique and visitor accommodation in October 2021.

The Historic Coventry Trust’s £ 1.5million partnership project with Coventry City Council to restore and convert the two medieval city gates and three Lychgate Cottages on Priory Row is nearing completion.

The four properties of Priory Row (Photo) can accommodate groups of two to six people, while Cook Street and Swanswell Gates can accommodate two people each.

The Trust has also engaged Coventry-based heritage attraction specialists, No Ordinary Hospitality Management, to promote and operate the properties, following its recent appointment by the Board to operate St Mary’s Guildhall.

The project was funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Council’s Cultural Capital Investment Fund and the Government Building Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Business Partnership (CWLEP).

Graham Tait, deputy director of the Historic Coventry Trust, which managed the delivery of the project, said: “This is the culmination of 12 months of painstaking restoration work that followed years of planning and fundraising to carry out to the project.

“This was only possible through our close partnership with the Board who transferred the buildings to the Trust for a 250-year lease. The project is part of the innovative framework agreement between the Trust and the Board in 2019 covering many of the city’s most important heritage assets.

Richard Harrison, Managing Director of No Ordinary Hospitality Management, the company behind the Coombe Abbey Hotel, added: “These properties were rescued and then meticulously restored by the Trust which, along with Coventry City Council, deserves enormous credit for the project. . They add enormously to the tourist offer of the city.


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