Coombe Abbey hotel has reported a record year of growth after hosting more than 1,500 events – the most in its 21-year history.
The Warwickshire-based 12th Century property said more than 65,000 guests have visited for a host of public, private, business and leisure events such as mediaeval banquets, weddings, conferences and Christmas parties.
Afternoon teas recorded the the biggest growth across all events held at the former Cistercian Abbey, rising by 36%. Coombe Abbey said this was helped by an extension to service hours and an updated menu including both savoury and vegan options.
Weddings continued to be the most popular function at the venue, with nearly 200 staged in 2015 catering for some 15,000 guests – a 9% increase on the previous year. Its business and events market also grew as delegate numbers rose by 13%.
The hotel said the growth has helped to create 40 new jobs, taking its total staff count to more than 280 employees to meet demand.
Meanwhile, plans have been submitted to extend its wedding facilities, in which it hopes to launch an external wedding venue in the parkland later this year.
Ron Terry, general manager, said: “We are thrilled with these figures which not only reveal Coombe Abbey’s significant growth over its twentieth year, but are a representation of its growing reputation as a unique venue of choice for both leisure and business guests.
“As business demand has grown we have also received more recognition on a regional and national scale, as well as within the industry.”