History

Coombe Lodge was commissioned by the Wills family, who ran the W.D. & H.O. Wills Tobacco Company in Bristol. Built from 1928-1932, Coombe Lodge became their family home for over 30 years. The house is set in the grounds, and built on the foundations of an older house dating from 1759.  Constructed from Bath stone, with a Cotswold stone roof, Coombe Lodge was designed as an E shaped Jacobean house by the distinguished architect Sir George Oatley.

In his lifetime Oatley was the creator of many notable buildings in and around Bristol, including Bristol Royal Infirmary and several J.S. Fry & Sons chocolate factories. A large proportion of his work was commissioned by the Wills family; the most famous of which being the imposing Wills Memorial Building at Bristol University. 

Coombe Lodge has since been sensitively transformed into a wonderful, contemporary venue, whilst retaining the elegance of its past, including the distinctive limed oak panelling found on the ground floor and staircase.