Retreats at Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey is the perfect venue for your retreat, whether you want to join one of the retreats on our in-house programme, arrange an individual retreat, or bring a group from your church or organisation. We offer a place of stillness and tranquillity in the countryside, away from the pressure of everyday life, in which you can pray, reflect, and gain fresh perspective. Situated in beautiful rural countryside on the Leicestershire/Rutland border, Launde Abbey is easily accessible by road, rail and air. Launde is within easy reach of Leicester, Peterborough, Stamford and Corby via the A1 and A47. The nearest mainline railway stations are at Leicester, Peterborough and Market Harborough and airports at East Midlands, Birmingham and Stansted. Trains servicing Launde Abbey come into Oakham station from all of these locations, where taxis are available. The taxi journey from Oakham station to Launde takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes.

A place for stillness and reflection

We offer a unique set of retreat facilities at Launde suitable for any retreat from an individual to a large group. We offer versatile meeting rooms (with audio/visual equipment) for groups from 2 to 80 people, breakout spaces, free parking and modern facilities that are perfect for residential or day retreat groups. The Abbey house, our repurposed Stables accommodation, and the extensive grounds and gardens provide a multitude of spaces where guests can find silence and stillness for meditation, prayer, reading, or times of quiet. We also have three chapels on the site. In our main Chapel the Launde community sustains a daily life of prayer and worship in which guests and retreat groups are welcome to share. All three chapels are available for individual prayer and quiet 24 hours a day, and are available for retreat groups to hold acts of worship by arrangement with the Warden.

Warm hospitality

These retreat facilities are complemented by our beautiful and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, all of which also have desks, chairs and hospitality trays for the convenience of retreatants. We can also offer dedicated disabled-friendly bedrooms. The standard of our catering is renowned. Our expert chefs are able to offer different levels of buffet lunch to suit your own individual requirements, including specific dietary needs. For residential retreatants our dinner menu is very comprehensive. Evening meetings or receptions as well as daytime events can be accommodated. Wherever possible we use locally-produced food in our kitchens, including fruit and vegetables grown in our own kitchen-garden. Refreshing Fairtrade tea/coffee and pastries or home-made biscuits are available mid-morning and delicious tea and cake are served mid-afternoon. Continental and cooked breakfasts can also be provided for early morning meetings. To arrange an individual retreat at Launde or to book in on one of our programme retreats please call us on 01572 717254. If you’d like to bring a retreat group, call and ask to speak to our Business Manager. Or, if you prefer, you can simply e-mail us at