If you’re looking for a unique stay in Coventry City Centre then look no further than City Gates and Priory Row cottages. No Ordinary Hotel Management and Historic Coventry Trust have partnered together to bring history to life by restoring six mediaeval cottages.
This November, discover the unspoilt charm and beauty of the cottages’ architecture, explore the rich history, and be a part of something new with a heritage cottage experience.
The perfect partnership
Turning some of the city’s most historic buildings into unique accommodation, the character-full properties in Coventry City Centre will open as boutique holiday lets, bringing some of Coombe’s charm to the city.
The launch of the offering comes as lockdown restrictions are eased and winter approaches, giving tourists the ample opportunity to sleep among the wooden beams and mediaeval walls while experiencing a stay in Coventry City Centre.
The Trust has played a significant role in meticulously restoring the cottages to Coombe’s extraordinary standards, from quaint exteriors to cosy furnishings. The bespoke cottages are now a beautiful extension of the hotel in the bustling centre of Coventry. The local team is investing all its efforts into making the project a success and is proud to showcase the hard work that has been done ahead of the first bookings.
No ordinary accommodation
The new properties offer tourists the opportunity to experience a truly remarkable stay in Coventry City Centre like never before.
Taking a step back into history, the position and dating of the Priory Row structures indicates that it was once part of the precinct of the 12th-century St Mary’s Priory, and it is the only standing structure from the complex.
The history of the City Gates starts during the English Restoration in 1662, when Charles II ordered the destruction of Coventry’s city walls. They were demolished, but the 12 gatehouses were preserved and transformed into homes. Other gatehouses were eventually lost as the city expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries, leaving just Cook Street and Swanswell surviving.
Swanswell Gate was transformed into a cottage in the mid-19th century and has since served as a shop, an artist’s workshop, and a police command centre for the West Midlands.
What’s more, No Ordinary Hotel Management and The Historic Coventry Trust are developing an activities and events schedule for the City Gates and Lady Herbert’s Garden in conjunction with the restoration work. This will become a hub for open days, as well as events in Lady Herbert’s Garden, historical stories, and volunteer opportunities.
In what can only be described as a remarkable survival of a pre-dissolution building, Priory Row lies adjacent to the Trinity Church and offers sublime features dating back as early as 1415.
Be in the midst of the cottage’s heritage during your stay in Coventry City Centre and discover the 200 year-old fittings such as the fireplaces, chimneys, external stairs, and even the rear room to the east end.
Experience modern luxury with Coombe Abbey when you stay in the stunning 15th-century timber framed cottages. The four remodelled properties, numbers 3-6, can accommodate groups of two to six people and include open plan living, welcoming décor, and historic character with modern flourishes.
From plush beds, city views, and kitchen and dining areas complete with all amenities, a stay in Priory Row cottages is a home from home in the city of culture.
The City Gates have been revived as a one-of-a-kind place to stay in a fairy-tale mediaeval gatehouse. The two remaining historic city gates, Swanswell Gate and Cook Street Gate, were once two of 12 gatehouses that studded Coventry’s mediaeval city wall.
The cottages breathe new life into the ancient buildings that have stood dormant for decades. Originally built between 1385 and 1440, the buildings are rare survivors of the city’s mediaeval splendour.
Both restored to express their original features, Swanswell Gate stands tall as a three-storey gatehouse, sleeping just two people in its cosy setting. Just a stone’s throw from the Transport Museum and Cathedral, guests will never be too far from a culture fix with this stay in Coventry City Centre. The quaint Cook Street gatehouse is a one-bedroom studio apartment that sleeps two people and perfectly sits over the original gateway arch, providing a beautiful view of the city.
An unforgettable experience
If you’re seeking a luxurious and quirky stay in Coventry City Centre then this charming experience is one not to be missed. Coventry offers so much more than history. With the stunning Belgrade Theatre, Lady Godiva, and FarGo Village, it’s a thriving city to explore.
For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, let us inspire you with a calming retreat to Coombe Abbey Hotel. Create everlasting memories with us when you indulge in an extravagant stay nestled in our idyllic grounds and make your staycation one to remember.