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Coombe Abbey becomes latest Venues of Excellence member

Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire has become the latest member of the growing Venues of Excellence consortium.

The sales and marketing consortium awards membership to only the highest quality conference, meeting and training venues across the country. It is the third addition in less than a month following Conference Aston in Birmingham and Altitude London.

Originally a 12th century Cistercian abbey nestling in England's historic heartland, Coombe Abbey provides a scenic backdrop for conferences and corporate seminars, as well as dining and leisure breaks.

 The hotel features candlelit corridors, mediaeval entertainment, four-poster beds and individually designed bedchambers. Queen Elizabeth 1st even lived there as a child. 

Mandy Jennings, executive director at Venues of Excellence, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Coombe Abbey to our growing network, following on from the addition of Conference Aston and Altitude London within the last few weeks alone. 

“Coombe Abbey is an incredibly impressive venue and so unique it brings something truly different to our offering. By just walking into the venue you get a real sense of history and as a former royal residence it stands out from the crowd both in terms of the building itself and its impressive location. 

In addition, the facilities and services provided by Coombe Abbey to meet the needs of the meetings and events market are second to none so they are a perfect fit for us.”

Ron Terry, manager of Coombe Abbey Hotel, said: “Venues of Excellence is a prestigious national initiative and it is a huge honour to have Coombe Abbey Hotel be recognised by them and also to become a member. 

“The accreditation process is rigorous, but it was very much worth it to be a part of the scheme. It has already proved extremely beneficial for the venue, as we have received additional business leading from this.”