Retreats at Launde Abbey come in many forms. We offer retreats for individuals and groups, those looking for silence and others who are seeking inspiration or creativity. Our programme of retreats is extensive and we hope, offers something for everyone. There is also an opportunity to experience a solitary retreat in our self-catering Oxford and Cambridge Hermitage, which is available for individuals looking to spend time in a more ’removed’ situation. Every one of our retreats however, offers the chance to step back from the pressures of daily life, to enter a deeper peace with the opportunity to pray and experience God.
Our Tariff for 2018
Please contact us for availability and a more specific quote depending on the length of your proposed stay.
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If you are looking to bring a group, you are very welcome to bring your own retreat leader or priest, or we can provide you with someone to lead your group from your instructions.
The Main House, which is a Tudor/Elizabethan Manor House, has a conference room on the ground floor which can seat up to 30 people theatre style. The Dairy Dining Conference Room, which is in the courtyard next to the Main House, can seat 15 people. The Stables, which has also been recently refurbished, boasts larger conference facilities and is an ideal self-contained venue for residential meetings. Here there is a large conference room which can seat 80 people comfortably in theatre style and which can, if required, be divided into two with a sound-proof room divider. There are a further two ground floor meeting rooms in the Stables and a comfortable sitting room on the first floor, which can also be used for more informal meetings or as a breakaway area. There is also ample parking on site.
We have 39 en-suite bedrooms, with a selection of single, twin and double rooms. 3 of our bedrooms are equipped for disabled guests and carers. We also have a number of family rooms so families with children of all ages can be catered for as well. Each bedroom is centrally heated and equipped with a desk, hostess tray, tea/coffee making facilities, a shaver socket and a cable for wired Internet access via a laptop (Wi-Fi is only available in certain parts of the Abbey, but is free where available). We also provide guests with towels and soap, but you will need to bring your own toiletries.
We have three chapels for guest use at Launde, two in the Main House and one in the grounds. Our St John the Baptist Chapel, which is most often used for group worship, is the largest and dates back to the Medieval period. The St Augustine Chapel is also situated in the Main House and is a smaller, more intimate chapel where smaller groups and individuals can sit in quiet contemplation or prayer.
Our Emmaus Chapel is situated behind the Stable Block 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.
Although we are a Christian retreat house, we welcome visitors from many faiths, as well as those with none, or guests who are still searching for their spirituality. Some visitors are closely involved in the life of their church, whilst others find a retreat centre to be a more natural place to nourish their spiritual side than a mainstream church. While remaining faithful to its role as a diocesan retreat house in the Church of England, Launde welcomes people from a wide range of churches, traditions and backgrounds and everyone is welcome here.
We have two dining rooms, one larger one to suit groups of up to 65 and a smaller room suitable for silent dining or smaller groups of up to 25, which is also available as a meeting room if required. We serve and seat all members of a group together at meal times and all diets can be catered for. Guests are free to choose from the hot and cold buffet served at lunchtime, and a choice of dinner menus in the evening. We serve Morning Coffee with a homemade biscuit at 11.00 am and Tea in the afternoon, served with homemade cake at 4.00 pm. For snacks during your stay confectionery and biscuits are for sale in our shop.
It is regretted that overnight visitors are not permitted to bring pets or other animals to Launde Abbey, except assistance dogs.
Mobile Telephones and Emergency Contact Information
The signal for mobile telephones is poor at Launde, but there is free wifi for those able to use Skype or similar services if you need to keep in touch while you’re with us. It is possible for you to make emergency calls from one of the phones in reception, for a small charge. If you do need to make a more private call then this can also be arranged by talking to one of our staff on duty. In the event of an emergency during your stay, your friends and family can contact you by dialing 01572 717254. This telephone is manned during office hours and there is an answerphone, which is checked regularly outside of these times. A member of the residential community will pass on emergency messages if required, but please ask your group to keep calls to a minimum at night if at all possible.
Wireless Internet access is available in some parts of Launde Abbey, with wired access available in all bedrooms. Please ask at reception about how to connect your laptop. Launde Abbey is not responsible for any material transmitted across the Internet or for its security.
Cancellations and Insurance
When you book your stay with us you are entering into a legally binding contract. Cancelled bookings cause financial loss to the Abbey, as they often cannot be refilled. In the event of a booking cancellation therefore, with less than 6 months notice 50% of the original fee will be payable; with less than 4 months notice, 75% of the original fee will be payable and with less than 2 months notice, 100% of the original fee will be payable.
We would strongly recommend you consider taking out insurance and with this in mind we do have details of an insurance package to cover you in the event of the cancellation or curtailment of your booking. Please note that in the event of cancellations the above policy is enforced. Some annual travel insurances may cover individuals in the event of cancellation, so please check with your insurer if you think this might apply. If you would like details of a suitable insurance policy please contact the General Office.
Arrival and Departure Times
Please note that on the day of arrival, it is unlikely that bedrooms will be available before 3.00 pm. We will endeavour to prepare rooms as quickly as possible, but this is not always practicable. On the day of departure, guests are requested to vacate their rooms by 9.30 am to enable us to prepare rooms for our next guests in good time. Your individual confirmation of your booking will advise the best time to arrive for your retreat.
Deposits and payments
For residential stays you are requested to make a non-refundable deposit of £85.00 per person at the time of booking. For larger bookings and longer retreats it is possible to make stage payments prior to the event. The balance of your payment will be due on arrival or during your stay, as requested by our bookings staff. If a booking is made within 5 weeks of your visit then the full amount is payable at the time of making your booking. We can accept cheques, debit cards and credit card payments. We can also accept cash in person, but please do not send cash through the post.
There is a Bursary Fund which is available to assist those on a low income and is available for individuals only, not groups. Please enquire at the time of booking and the Business Manager will be pleased to discuss this matter further with you or contact the Business Manager direct.
7.45 am Contemplative Prayer
8.00 am Holy Communion
8.30 am Contemplative Prayer (15 minutes)
Monday to Saturday
12.00 pm Midday Prayer
5.00 pm Contemplative Prayer
5.30 pm Evening Prayer
*** See Chapel Notice Board for changes to these times
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