Brownshill - Hospitality

The monastic community has by its very existence a vocation to hospitality. It is one of its contributions to the evangelisation of the world.
— Constitution 70

Our Guesthouse

Our guesthouse reflects the simplicity of the Cistercian way of life and, at the same time, is warm and comfortable. We welcome all who wish to ‘come away for a while’ from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to benefit from the peace of the monastery, the presence of a prayerful Community and from the lovely surrounding countryside.

Individual Guests

Time to pray, time to be quiet, time to read, time to think, time simply to 'be'.......

Come for a Quiet Day or for a longer stay.........

See programme for list of available retreats which are organised by the Sisters......


We welcome a wide variety of day groups: parishes, organisations, schools, bible study groups....

Residential Groups:

We have 14 rooms, 5 of which are twin so can accommodate up to 19.

Day Groups: 

Our facilities allow for up to 30 with either a cooked lunch or a packed lunch.


Enquiries may be made in writing to the Bookings Secretary (please send a SAE), by phone 01453 883084 or by e-mail to

Suggested Offerings:

We would not want anyone to be deprived of a retreat or quiet time for financial reasons.  For those who are able, we suggest the following donations for 2019:

  • £93 for an advertised weekend led by a sister.

  • £42 full board per 24 hours.

  • £15 for day with cooked lunch provided.

  • £9 for day for those bringing packed lunch

 An extra contribution is appreciated if we provide a sister as a speaker for a group or to accompany an individual.  (Reg Charity: 241743)

Practical Information

On booking:

  • Please indicate your time of arrival (a.m. or p.m.)

  • Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or special needs - we can cater for most but not all diets.


  • Breakfast can be taken before or after Mass.

  • Lunch is served at 12.45 p.m. and supper at 6.30 p.m.

  • Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing are desirable if you enjoy walking.

  • We are unable to accept pets.

  • We operate a strict no smoking policy throughout the building.

  • There is a wireless network in the guest dining room - in the other areas you can be free from emails! The mobile phone signal is strong.

  • Meals in silence can be offered on request at the time of booking.

  • By prior arrangement, and outside the Community times of prayer, groups are welcome to hold their own services in the Chapel.

  • Please bring toiletries and towel.

  • We ask resident guests to help with the washing-up and table laying.

  • The Chapel is fitted with a loop system.