After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the estate was acquired by Sir Thomas Leigh, Lord Mayor of London in 1558, and a house was built ( which now forms the north and west wings of the present house) on the site of the monastic buildings. It was the home of the Leigh family from 1561 to 1990.
Between 1714 and 1726 a new palatial four story fifteen bay west wing was built to designs by architect Francis Smith of Warwick and provides an impressive range of State apartments.
In 1996 Lord Leigh transferred the ownership of Stoneleigh Abbey and its 690-acre (279 ha) grounds to a charitable trust, and then between 1996 and 2000 it was extensively renovated with the help of grants including a £7.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional grants of more than £3 million from English Heritage fund and the European Union. The upstairs floors were converted into private apartments by Kit Martin. The property has access to the public.
In the early 2000s, Charles Church built two exclusive selections of large homes in the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey, named The Cunnery and Grovehurst Park.
The money received by the trust was a subject on The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, which proved that some of the trust's debts were paid using the National Lottery money as well as paying for private development.
- English Heritage: Images of England, photograph and architectural description of Abbey
- English Heritage: Images of England, photograph and architectural description of Gatehouse
- English Heritage: Images of England, photograph and architectural description of Conservatory
- English Heritage: Images of England, photograph and architectural description of Stables and riding school
- Mark Thomas Product Series 2, Episode 5 on Channel 4
- A History of the County of Warwick, Volume 6 (1951) pp 229-240 from British History Online
- A History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland (1835) John Burke pp 223 (ISBN9781847271686)
- Warwickshire County Council Timetrail