First pictures of Coventry’s medieval tourist accommodation that is now open to visitors

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Some of Coventry’s most ancient buildings have been converted into medieval tourist accommodation, which has now been opened.

Kitted out with luxury rainfall showers and WiFi, the buildings are a far cry from their previous medieval life.

A total of £1.75m has been spent on converting the six historic buildings into boutique accommodation with all the modern luxuries.

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The buildings, which have been empty for decades, were originally built between 1385 and 1440 and are rare survivors of the city’s medieval heyday.

The restoration project has been carried out by the Historic Coventry Trust and Coventry City Council.

There are four properties in Priory Row that can cater for parties from two to six people, while the Cook Street and Swanswell Gates properties can accommodate two people each.

Graham Tait, assistant director of the Historic Coventry Trust, said: “The quality and craftsmanship of the restoration is exceptional and the design combines all of the character of the ancient buildings with all of the benefits of modern living.

“High-speed WiFi, rainfall showers, stylish kitchens and comfy sofas are a long way from life in the 1300s.

“The unique nature of these properties will give visitors an added reason – should they need one – to travel to Coventry during its year as UK City of Culture and is another fantastic legacy from this truly memorable moment in time for arts and culture in the region.”

No Ordinary Hospitality Management, the team behind Coombe Abbey Hotel, has been appointed by Historic Coventry Trust to promote and operate the six visitor cottages.

One of the bedrooms at 4 Priory Row

Richard Harrison, of No Ordinary Hospitality Management, said: “It is really exciting and a true credit to the vision of Historic Coventry Trust to have restored six of the city’s most important historic buildings.

“This will give visitors from all corners of the UK and the globe the opportunity to enjoy a memorable stay in the heart of the Midlands particularly during UK City of Culture.

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“It will be the perfect combination of modern luxury accommodation while soaking up the medieval past.”

Councillor David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Heritage at Coventry City Council, added: “I’m delighted to see these great historical landmarks transformed and brought back into use.

“The Council is working closely with Historic Coventry Trust, and the buildings are among more than a dozen impressive cultural capital schemes that are underway or completed, with more than £40m of external investment.”

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