Staying at Buckfast

Accommodation and Retreats at Buckfast Abbey

We will be using Grangehurst our schools retreat house opposite Northgate House as a temporary Monastery guest accommodation for Southgate and the Monastery guest house retreatants.

This is to comply with Government guide lines on Social distancing/COVID-19 security for Hotels and Guest Houses. Which we can’t do at Southgate or the Monastery guest house and keep our 80 and 90 year olds safe. It is unlikely we will be able to re-open the Monastery guest house or Southgate until Social Distancing and Covid Security is no longer needed.

Grangehurst is now open it has 10 adult en suite rooms, a lift and a spacious lounge, this is currently being redecorated after having a new ceiling been replaced. The rooms are being prepared ready for opening.
There will be a charge of £30 a night Bed and Breakfast, lunch and the evening meal will have to be bought by the guest at the Grange, Northgate or elsewhere. Continental Breakfast will be provided at Northgate in the small Northwood room opposite the bar.
All bookings are done through accommodation@buckfast.org.uk Grangehurst will be managed from Northgate, guests will book in and out at the receptionist desk in Northgate and will pre order an evening meal there if needed.

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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.
 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.
 As well as the welcome extended to day visitors, 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 meditation, spiritual renewal and retreats, prayer or, more broadly, 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 apply to either Southgate or Northgate House Hotel, which are both 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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                Southgate Retreat Centre
                Religious & Couples wishing to go on Retreat at Buckfast Abbey            


 




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.Guests are welcome to attend the services in the Abbey Church in the morning and evening, as well as the midday Mass.The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for private prayer through the day as is the Chapel in Southgate itself.

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