Where nuns once lived a simple life, music lovers can now eat, catch an intimate gig and stay the night. But has the new multi-tasking hotel fully found its groove?
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay worshipful respect … to food, music and a good, long relax. It may not be an order of service that the enclosed order of nuns who once called the Convent home would have recognised, but secular pleasure at former religious institutions is a very 21st-century thing.
The Convent, close to Stroud and surrounded by Cotswolds loveliness, is now a boutique hotel with six suites and what it terms a Writer’s Block of eight doubles. It is also a restaurant, private members’ club, music venue and recording studio. However, at first glance it is hard to get a handle on the diversity of what owners Matt and Charlotte Roberts embarked on three years ago when they took over the near-derelict site.