The Convent – A Boutique Hotel with Live Music at its Heart
A boutique hotel, a private members club but mostly a venue with live music at its heart, The Convent has become a secret hideaway for fans and big names in the music industry alike.
From Van Morrison to Chris Gifford and Glenn Tillbrook, with live speaking events from the likes of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Charles Spencer thrown in, The Convent has proved itself a worthy contender on the national and global stage of live event venues.
The spectacular Grade II-listed convent in 22 acres of land in South Woodchester, near Stroud, Gloucestershire has completed the first phase of renovation. It now boasts a members’ club, restaurant, two bars, a hotel and a live music venue – The Chapel – which can accommodate 125 people for a truly intimate performance.
From being picked up in a chauffeur driven car, to a warm and personal welcome by the owners, dinner in the Cloisters and then slipping into one of the luxurious and elegant bedrooms for a sound sleep, The Convent promises to be the music lover’s and luxury seeker’s new favourite place.
The next phase through 2015 will see the further development of the gardens together with additional rooms and facilities.
The Convent was originally a Poor Clare’s Convent, and was the site of an orphanage run by the nuns until 1921. The nuns were well known for making communion wafers, for more than 200 churches and convents.
The venue is rife with relics from the time of the nuns, religious icons mix with modern art. There’s even a mysterious face in the wall in one of the bedrooms. The ambience is imbued with history, music and magic.
The Convent aims to be fully sustainable in the long term, and is working to make as many elements of the concern as green as possible. The kitchen sources many of its salads, edible flowers, brassicas, herbs and vegetables from the lovingly tended Convent Kitchen Garden.
Netgig.co.uk, based at The Convent, is the first pay-per-view broadcasting channel in the world and live streams all events in The Chapel, Ed Harcourt, Blair Dunlop and Boo Hewerdine have joined legendary talents such as Lisa Simone to perform live gigs in The Chapel that are streamed worldwide.