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Glasshampton SSF

Guest and retreat accommodation

(named by Simon Horsford in the Sunday Telegraph February 2011 as one of the eight best places in Europe for retreat)

The Society of Saint Francis
St Mary at the Cross
Tel: 01299 896 345

Glasshampton Monastery

Residential Guests (individuals and groups)
The monastery at Glasshampton provides a comfortable place to stay on retreat, or a few days ‘away from it all’, somewhere to work, study, pray and to spend time with God.

Open to guests between Tuesday afternoon and Monday morning; there are five guest rooms for men and women staying at the monastery.

Guests join the brothers at meals in the refectory where meals are taken in silence. We are happy to cater for some special diets if arranged prior to booking.

Glasshampton has a small sitting room for guests, which can also be used by visiting groups (up to 12 people), a well stocked library, and a small shop, selling a selection of confectionery, cards and gifts.

Guests are welcome to walk in the gardens and beyond the monastery, following one of the many footpaths in the area. The area is one of great natural beauty, surrounded by woods and fields. Many guests like to spend time in reading and study, or praying quietly in the chapel, or if they wish to help with some work in the garden.

The Chapel, Glasshampton

Day Visitors (individuals and groups)
There is a small sitting room, seating up to 12 people which can be used by visiting groups. We ask day groups to bring their own packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available to all day visitors.

The monastery does not offer individually guided retreats, but provides an atmosphere of prayer and quiet, allowing space for the Holy Spirit to guide those who come and to continue their walk with God.

Other things we can offer
Brothers may be available to spend time with individuals or groups, for spiritual direction, talks and quiet days. These ministries should be arranged in advance. We would ask you to consider a donation for these ministries.

How to book
We are generally open to guests from Tuesday afternoon to Monday morning.
Booking enquiries should be addressed to the Guest Brother, by email: by post or by phone. Always include your name, postal address and phone number.

We welcome resident guests and some individual day guests to join the brothers for meals, eaten in silence in the refectory and are happy to cater for some special diets if arranged in advance.

Financial Donations
We welcome all people to the monastery and offer you our Franciscan hospitality. It is important to us that you come and share our life, whatever your circumstances. We do not charge for your visit but would be glad to accept any donation towards the cost of running Glasshampton and its ministry. We have no major external source of income and rely on donations to finance our ministry. Our suggested donations for your visit or for any ministry can be found here.

As a registered charity we are able to reclaim tax on these donations, from UK taxpayers who are willing to sign a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid information and forms are available from the Guest Brother.

For information on how to get to us click on the links below:
Public Travel Information and directions

Travel map (opens new window – select the house and use the ‘directions’ function).