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Abbey Ever After

August 30, 2011

Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry has to be one of my favourite venues and I’ve been fortunate enough to sing there on many occasions.  From the moment you turn into the drive and begin your approach down the long, tree-lined avenue you know you’re arriving somewhere special.

Coombe Abbey Hotel's driveway

It’s a hotel that simply oozes history.  From the foundation of the original “Abbey of Cumbe” by cistercian monks way back in 1150 through it’s various incarnations as a private house the building is very special indeed.

 The courtyard at Coombe Abbey Hotel

Coombe Abbey Hotel - the East wing and moat

So it was a great pleasure to be asked by Malcolm and Tracey to sing for their wedding breakfast at Coombe Abbey recently.  The meal took place in the Cloisters room which I understand was once the house’s ballroom so must have seen many grand celebrations over the years.

The Cloisters room at Coombe Abbey Hotel

The Cloisters at Coombe Abbey Hotel set up for Malcolm and Tracey's wedding breakfast

Malcolm and Tracey are both great fans of classic swing and easy listening and having named each of their tables after favourite singers such as Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra my two sets of songs from the 1930s and 40s were the ideal accompaniment to the meal.

Malcolm and Tracey at their Coombe Abbey wedding with Simon Partridge

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