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The Estate office, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

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The Estate office, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

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Summary

Stoneleigh Abbey, the former cistercian monastery, which was converted into a stunning stately home, surrounded by 690 acres on beautiful gardens and parkland, after the desolation, was the seat of the Leigh Family, for just over 400 years. During this time, the family welcomed many famous visitors, including Charles 1st, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and Novelist Jane Austen.

Where is Stoneleigh Abbey located?

Stoneleigh Abbey is located in the heart of the Midlands, between Kenilworth and Leamington. The Stoneleigh Abbey Entrance is located off the B4115/ Ashow Road.

What is the history of Stoneleigh Abbey to the present day?

With humble beginnings as a Cistercian monastic house in 1154, Stoneleigh Abbey was converted at the Dissolution into a comfortable family home. One of the seats of the Leigh family, Stoneleigh has played host to several people of note, including King Charles I, Queen Victoria, and novelist Jane Austen. The fine Grade 1 listed English Mansion House is comprised of two halves; the first, made of red sandstone, is a fine example of a Jacobean house, built from the ruins of the monastery. The second, the West Wing, was designed by famous architect Francis Smith of Warwick in the Baroque style. Visitors to the Abbey can learn more of the house's history through a guided tour of the West Wing. Stoneleigh Abbey was inherited by a relative of Jane Austen's mother, Reverend Thomas Leigh. Jane stayed with her mother in August 1806 as his guests. Many people feel that Stoneleigh Abbey was the model for Mansfield Park. But it is the reaction, of Jane's mother to the Abbey that is most interesting. During her visit with Jane she wrote a long letter to her daughter-in-law Mary detailing the house, the food, the servants. Learn more on our Jane Austen tours

What is there to see and do at Stoneleigh Abbey?

Visitors to Stoneleigh Abbey can join two different types of guided tours around two floors of the West Wing, seeing the state rooms housing many of the Leigh family's possessions, This can be followed by a walk around the stunning gardens and woodland, or Afternoon Tea within the Orangery, situated looking over the River Avon.

Other information

In 1809, Humphry Repton, the most respected landscape gardener of his time, was invited to Stoneleigh Abbey by Reverend Thomas Leigh to advise him on updating the Abbey landscape. Repton created one of his ‘Red Books’, a collection of watercolour images of the house and grounds as they existed with overlays to suggest alterations to the estate. While not all of his suggestions were implemented, the result is a stunning natural landscape with superb views. Enjoy the new Cordelia Leigh Bridge and walks along the Gazebo island, our Victorian Pump House has been restored .New for 2018 the Red book has now been completely digitised so you can see every page.

Information on Stoneleigh Abbey , The Estate office , Stoneleigh Abbey , Kenilworth

Opening Times: 11.00am
Admission: Grounds Entry - £5.00 per Adult £1.00 per child. Children under 4 free. Guided Tour Adults £6.00 Children £3.50
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: Located just off of the A46 on the B4115. Head southbound from the A45/A46 junction along the A46. Take the first exit signed Stoneleigh/Warwick Arts Centre. Turn left signed Stoneleigh & then in 100m turn right at the crossroads signed B4115 Stoneleigh Abbey & Ashow. In 1.5 miles, the Abbey is signed as a left turn. Please note that there is no access to Stoneleigh Abbey from Stoneleigh Park Follow signs not sat nav
Facilities: Coach Parking on site, if coach weighs over 15 tonns, Different Access is given from another entrance, Disabled Access around the ground, into the house and around the house, Free on site parking, Gift Shop on site, Guided Tours 11.30, 13.00 & 14:30, Orangery on site serving afternoon teas & Vaulted hall Cafe
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