Guests / Visiting Us / Retreats
Due to limited accommodation (ie, no meeting rooms and one small sitting room) we are no longer able to provide retreat facilities for cell groups, parish groups, or day groups. For two or more wishing to make retreat, in groups, in clergy cells, day groups, etc, a local retreat house is a good place to try. http://www.hollandhouse.org/
If you would like to make a retreat with us on your own and help create and sustain an atmosphere of quiet and prayerful recollection we would be glad to hear from you. You can email Br Philip, who looks after our guest diary on firstname.lastname@example.org ; or by post to Retreats, Mucknell Abbey, Mucknell Farm Lane, Stoulton, Worcester, WR7 4RB.
Retreats are between 2-6 nights, Monday afternoon - Sunday afternoon, ie no retreatants over Sunday night. No single overnight stays.
It may possible to make a longer retreat of several weeks for a sabbatical for example; please write to Br Philip with full details of proposal.
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).
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 most 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 and something to change into so as to leave the mud outside!
Finance: The monastery is our workshop and our home, as such we have always endevoured to make no formal charge to our guests; we wish no one to be excluded on grounds of cost. However, we invite donations to enable the continuation of the monastic life here at Mucknell. We are self-supporting and rely on the generosity of friends and guests to supplement the amount earned by our monastic works and endowment. If you are able to make a donation over the cost of food, laundry, light and heat, then anything over £18 can be subject to Gift Aid providing you are a UK income tax payer. We are often asked for a guide; our most recent experience was that guests gave an average of £40 a night (long term stays will be individually negotiated);
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 and 166). Our nearest bus stop is called Woodbury Lane.
The lane up to the monastery is a mile from the bus stop; if you need a lift please call us on 01905 345 900 and a member of the Community will collect you 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 reseved with us it would be useful if you could re-confirm date and times of arrival and departure about a week beforehand.