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Monastery Guest Quarters

Monastery Guest Quarters at Buckfast Abbey

The tradition of monastic hospitality is as old as the history of the Benedictine way of life itself.

St Benedict (c480-550AD) in his Rule for monks encourages his followers to be hospitable in the strongest of terms: ‘All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me”.

Each monastery across the world aspires in different ways and according to their means and circumstances, to live to this lofty ideal.

From the vast guest halls of the great European Abbeys to the simple wayside hostels of humbler monasteries, monks and nuns have welcomed travellers for 1500 years. They still do today at Buckfast. The great Guest Hall, the remains of which can be seen in and around the bookshop, bear witness to our predecessors’ commitment to this duty in the past.

Edward I stayed here in March 1297 as did countless others great and small. That tradition is alive and well today at Buckfast in a number of ways.

Apart from the welcome extended every day to visitors, who come to just look, we also provide facilities for people who want to stay longer and use the beautiful surroundings and the ordered, balanced rhythms of monastic life for particular purposes, such as education and training, study and prayers as well as meditation, spiritual renewal and retreats.

Abbey Guest Quarters

Men are welcome to stay for a few days or more in the monastery guest house; this building is an integral part of the monastery itself. Guests are able to join the monastic Community in the daily Office, including Mass. All meals are taken with the monks in their refectory and are usually taken in silence.

Recent work over the last few years has enabled us to upgrade many rooms with en-suite facilities, those which are not have bathrooms close by. All rooms are comfortable well appointed and have a desk, giving the opportunity for study or reading.

The Guest Quarters has its own lounge, kitchenette and modest selection of books (books may also be borrowed from the monasteries own library during your stay). The Abbey Church is accessed via a staircase from the bottom level of the Guest Quarters, through the monastery cloister.

Guests have the opportunity to walk and relax in some of the private gardens to the rear of the Abbey and in the nearby woods. More energetic guests may appreciate longer, challenging walks not far from Buckfast Abbey, given its location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

Individuals are invited to make a donation for their stay. It is not possible for guests to self cater at Southgate.

Although the Guest Quarters are reserved for men only; women and couples are able to stay in Southgate. Families can stay in one of the other houses detailed within the accommodation pages.

The maximum stay is 7 days. The Monastery Guest Quarters has 12 rooms. There is no lift in the Monastery for access to the Guest Quarters. Access to the Monastery Guest Quarters rooms and to the cloisters are by several flights of stairs. 

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April 26th to 16th of June Installation of The Choir Organ.
Hours of Work. Monday to Saturday
0745 to 1200; 12.45 to 1815; 1900 to 2045

June 19th to the 29th of July Tuning the Choir Organ.
Hours of Work, Mondays to Saturdays
0500 to 1200; 1230 to 1815; 1900 to 0200.

September 4th to 23rd Installation of The Gallery Organ.
September the 25th to October 14th Tuning The Gallery Organ

Hours of Celebrating the Divine Office as below for the Installation and tuning of the Choir Organ - For those attending retreat in the Monastic Guest Quarters at Buckfast Abbey.

Rising 0625 
Vigils 0645 in the Chapter House
Lauds 0745 in the Chapter House            
Breakfast 0815 ends at 0845
Mid-Day Prayer in the Chapter House
Lunch 1310
Vespers  1830 in the Abbey Church
Compline 2100 in the Chapter House

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There are no rooms available from the 25th to the 31st of May and from the 2nd to the  10th of June.

For further information please contact:

Individuals: Monastery guestmaster :-

Or you can fill in this inquiry form:

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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden - May 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society 2017 - Malvern Spring Festival The garden setting is a tranquil scene. At the heart of the garden is a stag in a glade of silver birches drinking from a pool. Around this scene is a meandering path suggesting a river bed. The motto of the Abbey is taken from psalm 41/42: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God.” The name Buckfast means ‘land of the deer’ and the Abbey is on the banks of the River Dart. The garden commemorates Buckfast Abbey’s upcoming millennium. The Buckfast Garden won thr RHS Show Garden SILVER MEDAL and also the BEST IN SHOW from the public vote.

CWL Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Buckfast - 13th May 2017

Catholic Women's League Pilgrimage 2017. The Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole celebrated the Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Abbey Church.

Arrival of the new Ruffatti Organ - 26th April 2017

The new organ for the Abbey Church arrived at the end of April. Construction will continue for some months. Information about the new organ can be found at the Abbey Website on the Music page at: https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan

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