Staying at Buckfast

Accommodation and Retreats at Buckfast Abbey

If you are looking for a retreat at Buckfast Abbey and you are a male please book here https://www.buckfast.org.uk/Monastery-Guest-Quarters.

All general enquiries for hotel or self catering accommodation please contact the hotel direct (link to hotel page)

We offer retreats for women and couples too, please contact accommodation@buckfast.org.uk or call 01364 645630 and mention you wish to book a ‘retreat’. Retreat accommodation is currently provided in Grangehurst, which is a spacious building neighboring Northgate House Hotel. Grangehurst has 10 adult ensuite rooms, we offer a mix of single or twin bedrooms. There is a secure entrance for retreat guests only and each room has its own lock we also offer a lift to all floors along with a spacious quiet lounge area, all recently decorated.

There will be a charge of £30 a night Bed and Breakfast, the continental breakfast will be served in Northgate House. For Lunches the Grange tea rooms is open every day for lite bites and snacks as well as hot tasty food. For evening meals Northgate’s restaurant is open from 5pm to 9pm daily please book a table with the reception team. Or you can also enjoy the many local cafes and restaurants.

For Retreat bookings please contact our reception team at  accommodation@buckfast.org.uk or 01364 645630.

Guests will be required to check in and out at the receptionist desk at Northgate House.

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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 or study.


                Northgate House Hotel
                Hotel Accommodation at the foot of Dartmoor            


 

 

 

Nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, next to the banks of the River Dart, Buckfast Abbey’s new Northgate House has all the ingredients for the perfect stay. A choice of 33 hotel bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and offering comfort and relaxation, Northgate House is suited to Conference Centre delegates and those looking for a leisurely break. Northgate House is also ideally suited for activity groups including ramblers and cyclists and those visiting the Abbey Church.

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Monastery Guest Quarters


  

Men can apply to stay in the monastery for up to a week at a time in order to live for a while according to the monastic rhythm. We take up to six monastery guests at a time and these are expected to attend Lauds, Holy Mass, Midday Prayer and Vespers and take their meals with the monks at the stated times.  Meals are usually taken in silence.  If you are looking for more flexibility during your stay, please contact Northgate Hotel, which is located a short walk from the Abbey Church.

Many of the rooms have en-suite facilities, those which do not have bathrooms close by. All rooms are comfortable well-appointed and have a desk, giving the opportunity for study or reading.

Monastery 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.

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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