New plans for medieval venue Pentney Abbey

Rachael Nicholson (left) and Jaymi Maxwell-Tingey with  the Gatehouse at Pentney Abbey ANL-160606-132248009
Rachael Nicholson (left) and Jaymi Maxwell-Tingey with the Gatehouse at Pentney Abbey ANL-160606-132248009
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Historic Pentney Abbey has a new owner and management team who have exciting plans to further develop the West Norfolk events venue.

Pentney Abbey Estate has been bought by Charles Campbell, owner of Sedgeford Hall Estate.

The striking 14th century Gatehouse has already been restored to its former glory and is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies. There is also a medieval banqueting hall, marquee site and cottages which are used for holiday lets.

A farmhouse on site will become available later this year for holidays.

The venue is set in 35 acres of private well-kept grounds.

An open day is planned for Sunday, June 26, from 11am to 3pm, when visitors will be able to meet the management team and view the renovation and development work which has taken place so far.

Heading up the team are Rachael Nicholson, who is operations and hospitality manager, and Jaymi Maxwell-Tingey, who is operations director and chief wedding and events planner. Jaymi operates UniqueNorfolk Venues, which also incorporates Oxnead Hall, north of Norwich, which has recently been refurbished.

Said Rachael: “Pentney Abbey is a unique venue and we are looking forward to building on what has already been achieved here.

“We are aiming to increase the number of weddings held here and also hold other events, such as private parties, product launches, wine tasting sessions, corporate team building events and Christmas parties.

“It’s an idyllic place, and there’s nothing else quite like it in the area.

“We want to put it firmly on the map as a special venue.”

Pentney Priory was founded around 1130 by Robert De Vaux and was one of the wealthier monastic communities in Norfolk. The Gatehouse would have provided luxury accommodation for high status visitors as well as security for the monastery.

It had been on the “At Risk” register and in danger of collapse with falling masonry and leaking walls. However it was restored in 2011 along with the banqueting hall and cottages.

The three cottages, which are close to the hall, offer self catering accommodation with en suite facilities.

Anyone interested in organising an event and would like a tour can contact Rachael on 07787406358 or send an email to

Inquiries about weddings can be made to Jaymi on 01485 500292 or send an email to