Stanbrook Abbey Hotel reveals £4.2m renovation

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester has added 15 new bedrooms as part of an ongoing £4.2m investment programme by owner/operator Hand Picked Hotels.

Additionally, the Grade II listed abbey has opened a new restaurant, The Refectory Dining Room and Terrace, on the ground floor in what was the original nun’s cafeteria.

According to the hotel brand, the new design blends heritage features including hand-carved wood panelling and stone arched windows, with modern furnishings such as circular booths, textured walls and contemporary lighting.

The new bedrooms have taken the hotel from 55 to 70 rooms, offering varying details such as feature fireplaces, stained-glass windows and roll top baths. Feature rooms Pugin and Ashlin are named after the architects involved in the design of the original abbey at the turn of the 16th Century and have access onto balconies overlooking the Malvern countryside.

Julia Hands, founder, CEO and chairman of Hand Picked Hotels, said: “Stanbrook Abbey is a very special building with so much history and so many wonderful features, so it was important for us to spend the time planning before we rushed in.

“Relocating the restaurant to the ground floor and offering a new dining concept for the local community with David’s take on good, honest yet elegant British food was a top priority, and I am thrilled with the results.”

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