Guests / Visiting Us / Retreats
If you would like to make a retreat with us and help create and sustain an atmosphere of quiet and prayerful recollection; joining us for Offices, Eucharist (services), and meals we would be glad to hear from you. You can email Br Philip, who looks after our guest diary on:
or by post to: Retreats, Mucknell Abbey, Mucknell Farm Lane, Stoulton, Worcester, WR7 4RB.
Retreats are from a minimum of 2 nights to a maximum of 6, taken between Monday afternoon - Sunday afternoon, ie no retreatants over Sunday night. No single overnight stays.
We also have one room set aside for an individual quiet day (ie, from 10 am - 6 pm joining us for the Eucharist and Offices and lunch).
Due to limited accommodation (ie, no meeting rooms and one small sitting room) we are no longer able to provide retreat facilities for residential or day groups. ( Our local retreat house is a good place to try - Holland House , highly recommended)
Please make your application to stay with us in writing by post or email, with suggested dates and alternatives.
All but one of the guest rooms are on the first floor, and all but one have en-suite facilities. Bedding and towels are provided. The ground floor guest room is designed for wheelchair users.
There are numerous walks in the area and we recommend outdoor footwear (boots, wellies) and something to change for indoors. You may want to bring a torch, especially for winter months.
Finance: We make no formal charge to our guests because we want no one to be excluded from staying with us on grounds of cost. The monastery is our home and we wish to extend a warm welcome to all who come to Mucknell Abbey regardless of ability to make a financial contribution.
The reality is that we are self-fupporting. We rely on the generosity of friends and guests to maintain our income. The monastery is our workshop too; we do earn income by our monastic works and prudent ethical investment of endowments but this does not cover all our costs.
Our suggested donation for someone to stay is £48 per night (covering 24 hours) full board.
If someone is here for a Quiet Day (normally 10 am - Vespers) we suggest a contibution of:
without food - £8
with lunch - £11
with lunch and supper - £13
Please make chequespayable to ; "SSMV Ltd."
Donations can be left inthe envelope provided in your room.
Gift Aid -If you are able to make a donation, the anything over £23 (per day) can be subject to gift Aid. A Gift Aid form can be found in your room. For us to claim Gift Aid., you must be a UK tax payer and must pay sufficient income taz and or capital gains tax in that tax year.
Where does ths number come from? HMRC defines "individually attributable benefits received and these include food, laundry, hot water, heating, etc. (It does not include eg, the maintenance and insurance of the property, council tax). We cannot claim Gift Aid on this portion of your gift because HMRC determines that you have received a definable benefit in return. We calculate the value of this benefit to be £23. (We also hope you receive many other "benefits" from your stay to which it is much harder to give a defined monetary value!)
So, if you are able, anything you can give above £23 is worth even more to us if you can Gift Aid it.
Getting to us by car: From the M5 travelling from the North or South, leave the motorway at junction 7. Follow signs for Pershore B4084. After approx. 1 mile you will approach a hump back bridge with a large grey warehouse on the right, IMMEDIATELY after this bridge turn left into Mucknell Farm Lane (there is no road sign). At the end of this single track lane, c. 1 mile, you will come to Mucknell Abbey.
From Pershore; traveling along the B4084 towards Worcester you will pass through the villages of Drakes Broughton and Stoulton. Approx. 1 mile after Stoulton you will go under a railway bridge. The road then rises to cross over a second bridge with a large grey warehouse on the left. IMMEDIATELY before this second bridge turn right into Mucknell Farm Lane (there is no road sign). At the end of this single track lane, c. 1 mile, you will come to Mucknell Abbey.
Train: There are regular services to Pershore (connecting bus 550/551/557), Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street (from both Worcester stations you will then need to walk to the Crowngate Bus Station).
Taxi: A local taxi firm can be contacted on : 01905 678 678
Coach/Bus: Our nearest National Express coach stops are at Worcester, Pershore or Drakes Broughton. Local buses operate from Worcester, Pershore, and Evesham (550/551/557). Our nearest bus stop is called Woodbury Lane (also known as Norton Bridge layby on the road to Stoulton).
NB; there is no longer a bus service on Sundays.
The lane up to the monastery is a mile from the bus stop.
If you are delayed or if there are any other changes to times of arrival and departure please let us know as soon as possible.
Once you have a retreat reserved with us it would be useful if you could re-confirm date and times of arrival and departure about a week beforehand.