Abbots Grange is the oldest dwelling in Broadway and one of the oldest domestic monastic properties in the UK, built during the early part of the 14th Century as the summer manor for the Abbot of Pershore. The construction of the main hall and buildings was probably commissioned by Abbot William of Harvington (1307-1340). It is considered by the Institute of Archaeology to be one of the most important and best preserved English monastic manor houses in the world, and has a rich and fascinating history. The house is catalogued and the architecture described in Pevsners The Buildings of England.
The house has a fascinating 700 year history for you to absorb during your stay. From humble monastic beginnings the house has lived many lives. Built for worship and reflection the house was later used to billet Parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War and later as a local prison lock up. The building even fell derelict for a number of years before it's discovery in the 1880's by that most quintessential Englishman William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. However, it needed the love and sensitivity of the American artist Frank Millet and his beautiful wife Lily to transform it. What they created was a living shrine to their love and a sanctuary for some of the greatest names in European and American culture. The list of those who arrived to seek friendship and spiritual solace at Abbots Grange is truly breathtaking.
Mark Twain came to reflect on the enormity of human change; Henry James followed to contemplate a cruel world. Edward Elgar was mesmerised by the spirituality of the place while the lugubrious figure of Oscar Wilde arrived to find peace from his homosexual torment. As the beauty of the surrounding Cotswold landscape overwhelmed the great French painter Claude Monet, the moody figure of John Singer Sargent found the greatest inspiration of his artistic career in Millet's English paradise. The legacy he left - 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose' – remains unquestionably the finest impressionist picture ever painted outside France.
In 2010 we opened the doors of this stunning property as a luxurious AA 5* guest house. We have four exquisite rooms operated on a B&B basis - all appointed with solid oak four poster beds. Three of the rooms offer en-suite bathrooms whilst the fourth, located in the double height void of Millet's artists studio, boasts a larger bathroom immediately adjacent. The Great Hall will also be available for you to relax in. Large church windows let the sunlight stream in during summer and in winter the roaring open log fires are sure to keep you warm.