A spectacular Grade I-Listed country mansion, Stoneleigh Abbey was originally a powerful monastic site founded by Cistercian monks in the 12th Century. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and private functions venue, benefiting from excellent transport links to a great range of Warwickshire hotels and the national motorway network.
Inspiration for One of England’s Greatest Writers
In 1806, Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated literary figures of her generation, visited this abbey, stayed for around ten days and was pleasantly surprised, writing in a letter to her daughter-in-law that she 'had no idea of it being so beautiful'. The Pride and Prejudice author was intrigued at the sheer scale of the mansion and its 45 front windows, mentioning that being unable to find her way around it afforded her 'much entertainment'.
You can explore its enchanting grounds and majestic interior, see the beautiful Orangery and admire the meticulous artwork that would have been observed by other famous figures, such as Queen Victoria. It’s also close to a plentiful supply of Warwickshire hotels, and whether you're looking for luxury country retreats or very affordable hotels close to the M40, there's plenty of choice when it comes to top-notch accommodation in Warwickshire.
Acclaimed for Its Magnificent Grounds
Stoneleigh Abbey overlooks vast landscaped gardens that are great for a relaxing stroll at any time of the year, particularly during the spring and summer flower displays. The grounds, which were designed by the esteemed landscape gardener Humphry Repton in the early 19th Century, offer remarkable views of the surrounding countryside and an attractive lake with a Gazebo Island. The abbey also organises a special Easter Craft Fair and various corporate events and weddings, and is open to the public regularly from spring to autumn.
A Great Selection of Warwickshire Hotels
Near the outskirts of picturesque Royal Leamington Spa is the prestigious Woodland Grange, which provides luxury amenities such as a fully equipped fitness centre and spacious, refined rooms. If you're looking for somewhere more affordable, you could book a room at the popular Days Inn Warwick North, which is conveniently located close to the motorway and also offers decent-sized, stylish rooms.