Cleeve Abbey provides a serene and utterly charming and picturesque setting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Founded in the late 12th century, it was originally known as ‘Vallis Florida’ or ‘Flowering Valley’ before being re-named after a nearby village. The monks and lay brothers who dwelled inside its walls followed the Cistercian order living a largely silent existence. After King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s, the remains of Cleeve Abbey became a manor house.
Swathes of lush green countryside provide a welcome to you and your guests on the approach to Cleeve Abbey. The dramatic Gatehouse marks the entrance to the heart of the abbey ruins. Arrive in style by horse drawn carriage for a spectacular way to start your day.
The once richly-decorated Chapter House can hold wedding ceremonies for up to 100 guests. Now with simple plain stone walls and a dramatic vaulted ceiling, it is an understated but beautiful location for a spring or summer wedding ceremony. With an arched doorway and triple windows at one end and open to the elements at the other, the Chapter House leads directly onto the Cloister, which is a perfect setting for celebratory drinks and canapés.
The Warming Room, which can also hold 100 for your wedding ceremony, was historically where a fire burnt day and night from All Saints’ Day on 1 November to Good Friday. With pillars, a vaulted ceiling and arched windows allowing the sun to shine through from above, this is a beautifully atmospheric place to exchange vows or to toast the future.
The Dormitory has a gorgeous wood-beamed roof and is a charming spot for a wedding ceremony or drinks reception for up to 80 guests.
Angels look down from the stunning carved wooden roof of the Refectory Hall, making this a perfect location for you to exchange vows and start your married lives together with up to 80 guests. The angels adorn the trusses of the unusual roof, the crowning glory of this lovely bright and airy space, which once served as the dining room where silence during meal times was strictly enforced.
Sheltered by the walls of the monastic buildings which surround this central courtyard, the Cloister where monks once perambulated is an ideal space for guests to gather on warm days for al fresco drinks. From here, guests can venture into other parts of the abbey while you enjoy drinks and photos in the sunshine. Its serenity and special sense of peace will provide lasting memories for family and friends.
Within the grounds, lawns are available for marquee receptions during the summer months. You can have a marquee individually designed to create your perfect location for dinner and dancing into the night.