Monastery Retreat Quarters

‘O God, you are my God, for you I long.’ (Psalm 62)

Monks and nuns have welcomed travellers for 1500 years. They still do today at Buckfast. The remains of the great medieval Guest Hall bear witness  to our predecessors’ commitment to this duty in past centuries.

Gentlemen are welcome to stay for a few days in the Monastery Retreat Quarters. Accommodation in the Retreat Quarters is offered for a maximum of 7 days and is intended for those wishing to attend a quiet spiritual retreat. For guests wishing to enjoy more of a holiday-style stay, Northgate House Hotel is more appropriate. Ladies and married couples are encouraged to contact to enquire about taking a retreat in the separate ‘St Petroc’s Retreat House’. Click here for more details

Guests are able to attend the Daily Office and Conventual Mass of the Monastic Community.

The Retreat Quarters are accessed by several flights of stairs, as is the Abbey Church from the Retreat Quarters. There is no lift in the Monastery for access to the Retreat Quarters.

Guests may leave a donation for their stay. Donations should cover the costs of the stay.

Roman Catholic Clergy should read the attached policy if engaging in any form of public active ministry within the territory of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Safeguarding is an integral part of Buckfast Abbey please see our Safeguarding policy on our web site, if you any safeguarding concerns please tell the guest master.

Guided Retreats at Buckfast Abbey 2024:

Priests’ Retreat: 8th – 12th April: “When I am weak then I am strong” An opportunity to reflect with St Paul on priestly ministry in a changing landscape of church.

Creation Retreat: 6th – 10th May: St Francis spent time at a Benedictine monastery discerning his future, join us for this Creation Retreat in the light of Franciscan thought and mission.

Vocations retreat – Friday 17th – Sunday 19th May (Led by Fr Andrew Robinson)

Gardeners’ Retreat: 14th – 18th Oct: A gentle few days of rest, spiritual input, wonderful gardens and tranquillity. Time to be refreshed in mind, body, and soul.

If you would like to attend one of our retreats, please complete our form: 

Retreat Enquiry Form

Notice Board:

There is no Bus service between Totnes and Newton Abbot via Buckfast Abbey on Sundays and Bank Holidays and only a limited 38 Service between Exeter and Plymouth via Buckfastleigh on Sundays and Bank holidays.

The monastery guest house is currently FULL during these dates  2024:
 25th of February to the 2nd of March.
10th to the 21st of April 
14th to the 22nd of July 

Application to come and stay