A LAVISH launch event today celebrated the opening of 57 luxury bedrooms at a former monastery in Worcestershire.

Stanbrook Abbey in Callow End has undergone a £5 million pound refurbishment over the past two years, with tiny nun “cells” knocked through and converted into opulent accommodation.

The overnight rooms are now open for bookings and dignitaries, politicians and members of the local community joined the venue’s management to toast the milestone.

Mike Clare, founder and chairman of Amazing Venues, which runs the site, said: “We are very excited to now offer our guests overnight accommodation in the historic abbey building at Stanbrook Abbey.

“The opening of the luxury bedrooms marks an important point in the development of the property and gives more guests the chance to experience the magic and heritage of the venue.”

Rooms, which are described as “beautifully appointed” on the venue’s website, can be booked from £135, while for those seeking an even more luxurious stay the cardinal suite offers a king size bed, private lounge area and views over the surrounding grounds.

But the multi-million pound facelift of the site has not been limited to overnight accommodation.

Fourteen function rooms, four “elegant” dining rooms and two “spectacular” banqueting halls have been upgraded while the 21-acre grounds boast a private lake, orchard, chapel and bell tower.

The site is billed as “the UK’s most amazing wedding venue” and “ideal for birthday bashes, anniversaries and civil ceremonies” by the owners.

Stanbrook Abbey was built in 1625 and this rich history is reflected in a number of design touches throughout the venue.

For more details visit amazingvenues.co.uk