Visiting Us, Quiet Days & Retreats

'Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ' - Rule of St Benedict

The Abbey is open daily for those who would like to join us in prayer at our Eucharist or one of our daily Offices. We also welcome those who would like to spend a Quiet Day with us or to stay on retreat in our Guest Wing.

Daily Prayer

Our timetable is available here. On arrival at the monastery please press the bell and a Brother or Sister will let you in.

Quiet Days

We offer Quiet Days for those who would like to spend the day with us, usually sometime between 10am and Compline. Unfortunately due to limited space we are unable to accommodate groups at present.


Benedict assures us that 'guests are never wanting in a monastery', and it is our joy to be able to receive guests on retreat and to share the atmosphere of prayer and quiet. Our guest wing has six en-suite bedrooms (including one twin), one of which is wheelchair-user friendly. These are available for a minimum of 2 nights and a maximum of 6 (taken between Monday and Sunday afternoon). Bedding and towels are provided.

Please make your applications for Quiet Days and Retreats by post or email, with suggested dates and alternatives.

Once you have reserved a retreat please confirm this in an email a week before your arrival. If on the day of your arrival you are delayed or there are changes to your arrival and departure times please let us know as soon as possible. 

NB. The Guest House is closed for cleaning on Mondays until 4pm. Unless special arrangements have been made please do not arrive beforehand. 


We make no formal charge to our guests. The monastery is our home and we wish to extend a warm welcome to all, and do not want to exclude anyone from staying on the grounds of cost.

We are however self-supporting and rely on the generosity of friends and guests to maintain our income. Therefore we suggest a donation of £48 per night (covering 24 hours), full-board. For Quiet Days this is £8 (without food), £11 (with lunch), £13 (with lunch and supper).

Please make cheques payable to 'SSMV Ltd'. Anything over £23 (per day) can be subject to Gift Aid. For us to claim this you must be a UK tax payer and pay sufficient income tax or capital gains tax.