Group retreats

Group retreats at Launde Abbey

When you bring you retreat group to Launde Abbey you can be confident that they’ll enjoy the chance to step back from the pressures of daily life, to enter a deeper peace and to experience the rich spirituality offered by one of the country’s leading retreat houses.

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.

Ideal facilities

We can offer wonderful retreat facilities for your group including versatile meeting spaces, audio/visual equipment, free parking, and the opportunity to experience the silence and spirituality nurtured by our permanent community.

Launde Abbey has a range of meeting spaces, for between 2 and 80 people. Our largest meeting room is located in our Stable Block, which also has residential accommodation, offering guests a self-contained retreat space. There are also breakaway spaces in this area for your additional meeting needs.

We also have three chapels: two in the main house and one in the grounds:

  • The Chapel, used by the community and open to all guests, dates back to the medieval period. It’s available to visiting groups by arrangement with the Warden.
  • The St Augustine Chapel is a smaller, more intimate chapel where groups and individuals can sit in quiet contemplation or prayer.
  • The Emmaus Chapel is situated in the grounds and offers a quiet space for those out walking in the gardens or for those who are accommodated in our Stable Block.

You’re very welcome to bring your own retreat leader or priest, but if it’s helpful we can provide you with someone to lead following a style and theme suitable for your group.

Superb hospitality

Our retreat facilities are complemented by our comfortably appointed en-suite bedrooms; we can also offer dedicated disabled-friendly bedrooms. We also have sittings rooms, a library and a range of quiet spaces around the grounds where guests can relax, reflect or pray.

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 guests 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 a viewing or discuss your retreat, please call us on 01572 717254 and ask to speak to our Business Manager. Or you can complete the online enquiry form here. Or, if you prefer, you can e-mail us at