Abbey House

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Abbey House is the Bath & Wells Dioce­san Re­treat House. Sit­u­ated in the grounds of Glas­ton­bury Abbey, our res­i­den­tial guests en­joy free ac­cess to the Abbey ru­ins from our gar­dens. Our own ex­ten­sive gar­dens have a sum­mer­house and a prayer walk. Glas­ton­bury Abbey is one of the old­est Chris­tian sites in Bri­tain and we see our­selves con­tin­u­ing the work of the monks by of­fer­ing hos­pi­tal­ity and en­abling people to ad­dress the deeper ques­tions of life.

We can ac­com­mo­date 34 res­i­dent guests in 18 sin­gle and eight twin bed­rooms. These are all sit­u­ated on the first floor though a stair lift is avail­able. We have a rep­u­ta­tion for serv­ing de­li­cious food and cater for a wide range of spe­cial di­ets.

The pub­lic rooms con­sist of St Dun­stan’s chapel, which can ac­com­mo­date up to 50 people; a large sit­ting room and li­brary, both of which af­ford views of the Abbey ru­ins; and a smaller meet­ing room called the Martin Is­rael Room. There is also a cel­lar chapel ded­i­cated to St Hilda. There is a loop sys­tem in St Dun­stan’s Chapel and the Sit­ting Room and au­dio-vis­ual equip­ment avail­able to hir­ers.

Al­though we are a Chris­tian Re­treat House we wel­come those from other spir­i­tual tra­di­tions who wish to hire our fa­cil­i­ties for their own re­treats whilst main­tain­ing a dis­tinc­tive Chris­tian ethos for our own pro­gramme of Quiet Days, longer themed re­treats and spe­cial events. We also wel­come those want­ing a pri­vate re­treat and have a House Chap­lain avail­able to in­di­vid­ual re­treatants.

Our pro­gramme this year in­cludes monthly Quiet Days, a sum­mer mixed me­dia and paint­ing re­treat, a teach­ing day on Cen­ter­ing Prayer, both a week­day and a weekend Ad­vent Re­treat, and a Christ­mas House­p­a­rty. Con­tact us to find out more on 01458 831112, email: info@abbey­house.org or via our web­site: www.abbey­house.org

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