Retreats and Quiet Days

The Community of St Mary the Virgin runs organised Retreats and Quiet Days which are open to all.  Please check the Calendar of Retreats for more details.

We welcome organisations hosting their own group Retreats and Quiet Days, as well as individual guests wanting to make use of our facilities for spiritual reflection.

Retreatants are welcome to join the Sisters for daily office and Eucharist in St Mary Magdalene’s Chapel and to use the Grade II* listed St Mary’s Chapel for prayer and refection.  We invite you to share in our worship and offer spiritual guidance to those seeking to draw closer to God.

Quiet Day guests are welcomed to the Retreat Wing to make use of all the facilities as well as having their own private room.

Click here to find more about visiting the Retreat Wing.

For all retreat enquiries and bookings please contact the Retreat Wing Reception on 01235 763141 or email on

View from the Water Garden

St Mary's Chapel Cloisters

Retreat Wing Reception

St Mary's Chapel

Mary and Child, St Mary's Chapel

The Water Garden

The Silent Garden

The Cloisters in Spring

The Orchard


Welcome Area

Retreat Wing Silent Sitting Room

The Retreat Refectory

A Retreat Wing Bedroom

“Such warm and generous hospitality.

Thank you to Sr Lizzie Ruth for teaching us this way of Jesus.”

“I eat a vegan diet and this is the only place I go where I feel welcome…The food is excellent, nutritious, well balanced and delicious.”

“Excellent, comfortable accommodation. Beautifully  maintained buildings and gardens. Good, tasty food. Lovely atmosphere in Chapel.”

“A wonderful place that enabled me to connect with God – thank you.”

“It is so good to be with the Sisters in Chapel. Thank you all.”

“Peaceful and welcoming, thank you.”