Wow! What can I say, Coombe Abbey truly had me lost for words the second I stepped foot into the beautiful grounds of this 12th Century Monastery/16th Royal property.
As soon as I stepped out of the car I was in love with this place. As it was New year the Christmas lights were still lighting the way to this amazing property. It looked truly stunning.
We opted to pay a little extra at the time of booking the medieval banquet to stay in a feature room and we were not disappointed. A grand four posted bed welcomed us on entry into the room. And I have to say it was one of the best nights sleep I have had in a long time. Comfy isn’t the word to describe how nice it was.
The banquet itself was an experience. I like the dressing up in costume and feeling as though you’re going back in time. The food however was a bit lacking. I opted for the vegetarian meal, unfortunately most of the meals served were covered in feta cheese which I cannot stand. The only thing I ate was the lovely sponge cake with if I can remember right a orange and mead custard, which was divine. My partner enjoyed his meals, although too thought they could of been better. I think breakfast made up for this however. You do have to wait in the morning as they can only seat so many people at a time. Definitely worth the wait, on entering the orangery style seating area you are left to a buffet style all you can eat breakfast. I have to say serving some of the most tastiest bacon and sausage I’ve ever tried. I had around 5 sausages I think, not helping my diet in anyway.
The entertainment during the evening was definitely worth the money we paid. We had a few giggles but let me just say it is adult themed. I am sure they do more family friendly shows however. The entertainment team truly make the audience laugh and you can see that they enjoy what they do which helps. The entertainment was followed by a traditional Scottish bagpiper and fireworks which really made the evening.
Word of warning though. Be careful around the heavy furniture in the room. If you are clumsy as I am then be vigilant. I stubbed my little toe on a solid wood table and ouch did it hurt. Will teach me for not looking where I am going next time.
Overall I really enjoyed my stay at Coombe abbey yes it’s a little on the pricey side but definitely worth it. It was an experience I will never forget.