Short-stay breaks at Newstead Abbey among planned improvements

Newstead Abbey camping pods

Exciting plans for improvements at Newstead Abbey include the chance to enjoy unique short-stay accommodation on the historic estate. These include the introduction of luxury ‘glamping’ cabins on the site and the renovation of the former gardener’s cottage.

Plans have been submitted to Gedling Borough Council for the renovation of the cottage and to introduce six high quality luxurious glamping cabins in Upper Paradise Field. If approved, these will be designed to be sympathetic to the landscape and set in a secluded location, accommodating up to 18 people. Once restored, the charming cottage would be offered as accommodation as part of the Abbey’s weddings package, but also be available all year round as a holiday let.

Visitors to Newstead Abbey have increased* and the plans aim to enhance and develop the current facilities so more people can enjoy this beautiful site. This will ensure that it remains one of the top ten visitor attractions in Nottinghamshire, while preserving its historic significance.

The exciting Newstead Abbey Vision for the Future plan is now underway to improve the visitor experience at Newstead Abbey which include new walks, improvements to the children’s play area, an enhanced events programme and the introduction of unique short stay accommodation on site. Further improvements to the estate’s heritage and infrastructure will continue to take place.

The new walks will allow visitors of all abilities to experience Newstead’s beautiful Park and Gardens for themselves with routes to the cannon-fort, garden lake and an extended circular route around the estate.

Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “Our plans are aimed at enhancing the experience of visitors to Newstead Abbey and Park and will ensure it retains its position as one of the top ten visitor attractions in Nottinghamshire. The addition of accommodation will help generate new income to further develop this wonderful site.”

Newstead Abbey has a history dating back to the 12th century and, from 1540, it was the seat of the Byron family. It is probably now most famously associated with the romantic poet, Lord Byron, much of whose poetry was inspired by his family home.

* Visitors have increased this year to 85,545, up by 21%.

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