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Buckfast Abbey Retreat Centre

The monks have developed the Southgate retreat as an extension of the monastic guest quarters, enabling women and couples to stay at Buckfast Abbey on individually guided retreats. This means that guests are able to come here for a few days
or more, to unwind, recharge batteries and have the opportunity to attend monastic services in the Abbey Church.

The word retreat has many nuances. In the monastic context, one basic meaning is to stand back and to take stock of things in order to achieve perspective and insight in to the significance of our everyday lives. This can involve a time to be alone in order to read, think, reflect and pray. There may also be the opportunity to meet other guests and talk in a ‘neutral’ environment.

Southgate is one of the medieval entrances to the outer court of the monastery precinct. The original 13th Century building is thought to have been the Abbey’s Almhouses, providing shelter for the poor. The building is one of the first features to come into view when approaching the Abbey Church and is accessed from the main public car Park.

The house boasts its own chapel, dining room, lounge and quiet reading areas in additional to a wonderful walled water garden and adjoining lawn. Due to recent work, the house now boasts 4 en-suite rooms plus an additional 7 rooms spread over 3 floors. All rooms are comfortably well-appointed with desks and tea/coffee making facilities.

The house has 7 twin rooms and 4 singles, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests. Retreats at Southgate are for women and married couples, men who wish to make a retreat by themselves are welcome to contact the Monastic Guest Master at:

Individuals are invited to make a donation for their stay; please inquire for the charges related to groups. It is not possible for guests to self cater at Southgate.

Please note that Southgate is fully booked on the following dates:
26th May - 2nd June 2017
4th - 9th June 2017

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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.

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From Monday to Saturday Southgate guests will be able to attend Mass at 12.05pm and Vespers at 6.30pm; it will not be possible to attend the other monastic services as these are not currently held in the Abbey Church. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel remains open for private prayer as does the Chapel in Southgate itself. We hope you understand that these changes are necessary to enable the organ installation and tuning to take place as quickly as possible. There are no current plans to work during the month of August.

For further information please contact:

Women and Married Men: Southgate Guestmaster:-  01364 645521 or

Or you can fill in this inquiry form:

What is your name?

What is your address

What is your email address?

What is your Telephone Number

What is your preferred arrival date?

Are your dates flexible?

How many nights would you like to stay?

Any other information?

If you have any vulnerabilities or safeguarding needs that are relevant to your stay, it is essential that you tell us when making your enquiry.

   
 
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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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