Private Retreats

A guest room at Alton Abbey
A guest room, with garden view.

Individuals and groups who want to spend a little more time in quiet retreat or talking with a member of the Community are welcome to use the facilities offered in the Guesthouse.

Rest

The Refectory.

– 12 singles
– 6 doubles
– All rooms have a bed, wardrobe, chair, desk and washbasin.
– Bed linen is provided but please bring your own soap and towels.
– There are ample shared toilet & bathroom facilities with plenty of hot water.
– A wide selection of teas, coffee & soft-drinks (and biscuits!) are available at all hours in shared kitchenettes

Feast

Guest lounge at Alton Abbey
Guest lounge with wood-burning stove.

All meals are taken in the Refectory with the monks. Meals are shared in silence except on certain Feasts, Solemnities and other times at the discretion of the Abbot.

Relax

Alton Abbey Guest Cloister
Public Cloister

There is a large, comfortable common/quiet lounge, heating supplemented by a wood-burning stove in the winter.

Contemplate

Alton Abbey church buildings from the lawn
Abbey church from the lawn.

The visitors’ cloister is a quiet, enclosed space for you to just be. A warm sun-trap in the summer, it is planted up with colourful, scented climbers and cooled by a burbling fountain. Watch the lazy bees rest and slake their thirst at the pond in the summer.

Breathe

The Abbey is set in its own tranquil gardens, situated amidst miles of rolling, Hampshire countryside and less than a mile from the South Downs National Park.

For literati, the Abbey is in the heart of Jane Austen country.

Keen naturalists will want to visit the nearby home of Revd Gilbert White and climb the Zig-Zag Path he built on the hangers overlooking Selbourne.

Find other places to visit in and around Alton, Hampshire.

Guests are particularly welcome for all or part of Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum.

Recommended charges for 2014

Weekend rates /monastic conductor. (Fri pm /Sun  Pm) – £85.00

Weekend rate (Fri  Pm /Sun  Pm) – £80.00

Overnight rate (includes meals) – £40.00

Daily rate, use of room. (Providing your own lunch) – £15.00

Daily rate, lunch, use of room. –  £20.00

Daily rate, lunch, use of room. With monastic conductor. – £25.00

Spiritual direction with lunch. – £5.00

Spiritual direction (when available) – N/A

Please bring your own soap and towels

Private Retreat Bookings

It is recommended that you contact the Guest Masters in advance to check on the availability of rooms for the dates you require. Places are popular but limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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