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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.

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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The Monastery Guest Quarters is fully booked until the end of August.

We will also be closed from the 1st to the 19th October 2019

Please note that the maximum stay at the Monastery is 7 nights, with a maximum of 6 guests at any one time.
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