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Quarr Abbey Guesthouse

Ryde PO33 4ES, England
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 Dec 2017
I only stayed for three nights but wish it was more. The peace and solitude is quite amazing and exactly what I needed .
To be invited into the monks lifestyle is a unique experience which will stay with me forever. They partake in 7 services a day and their sacrifice and dedication is to be greatly admired.
Father Nicholas made me feel very welcome and also introduced me to the Abbot , Father Xavier.
They both thanked me for staying and on my last day made me feel welcome to return which I plan to in March.
Do not expect big helpings at meal times , it is not like that. There are certain behaviour rules to be adhered which will be explained..i.e. stand in front of your table whilst grace is said, no talking at all during meals.. that sort of thing.
My room was very basic , the en suite rooms had gone but toilet and shower facilities are just along the corridor and are very clean and tidy. There is a common room where you can meet other guests and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
After breakfast I walked through the acres of wild woodland at the rear of the Abbey and found it truly stunning. It is unspoilt and full of Red Squirrels, pheasants , woodpeckers etc etc a real must do.
Apart from that I spent a lot of time in the peaceful retreat of my room reading, writing and thinking.
Just what I needed.
I have come away refreshed and at ease and looking forward to my next visit to Quarr.
Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Ray1503
William L
Reviewed 30 Jul 2017
Allowing us to stay was to give us access to a private sanctuary of what is otherwise a closed order of Benedictine monks in a building built solely for them so to use it. Thus it is not a hotel or otherwise intended for the public and the amenities must be viewed accordingly. One monk has been assigned by the Abbot to deal with guests and their needs - Father Nicholas - and he does so with patience, understanding, availability and application of resources that would put the average guest house proprietor to shame. The rooms we each had were somewhat basic (as I would expect save that my friend had a very comfortable en suite ) but serviceable and sufficient - perhaps even atmospheric as consistent with the place. We had the privilege of being allowed to participate in the services and enjoy the sound of the chanting that is such an essential part. The grounds are large with plenty of wooden seating, a cafe, a visitors centre / art gallery, a wood walk and some very endearing pigs. The building itself is unique and fascinating in design. In silence we dined and enjoyed the high quality food all be better by so doing. The numerous rings of bells soon stopped disturbing and became another pleasure. The only cloud in an otherwise blue sky was that silence was difficult to find, not least because fellow guests did not seem to want it and the grounds are open to all whom also did not seem to appreciate the essence of the where they were.
Date of stay: July 2017
Thank William L
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 Jul 2017
One of the Rules of St Benedict is to treat all guests like they are Christ; suffice to say, we were not treated so. Upon arrival we were greeted without enthusiasm and not very friendly at all. This continued throughout the stay which ruined the experience. The guestmaster did not make sufficient note of dietary observations, and I was offered baked beans for supper as a result. We didn't sleep very well because the bells are tolling throughout the night, sometimes two or three times an hour. And when we left, the guestmaster didn't even say goodbye despite his seeing us leave - too important to get to lunch on time I suppose. The donation that we left wasn't appreciated, either - no thanks given - even though it was a struggle for us to gather the money together. Overall, a bad experience and one we won't be embarking on again.
Date of stay: July 2017
1 Thank Iustinus
Pensarn, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 Sep 2016
What a lovely peaceful place, walked round the gardens and went into the church very interesting day out. Café and Shop were reasonable priced for drinks, food, produce which was grown by the monks Staff were very helpful food was quick and very tasty yes would like to go back
Date of stay: September 2016
1 Thank patriciataylorjones
David P
Milton Keynes
Reviewed 5 Nov 2013
This provides an opportunity to eat and worship with a community of 8 monks although there is no pressure to be a part of the many daily services. Breakfast is simple and based on toast and cereals - lunch and dinner are served in silence with the monks in a vast refectory - all part of a red brick building completed in 1911 and intended for 100 members of the community. Bedrooms are simple and sturdily furnished with nearby modern shower and toilet facilities. There are beautiful woodland walks leading down to the shores of the Solent and there is a lively 363 days a year cafe in the grounds serving quality coffees and freshly prepared food. Guests are invited to make a donation and there is no fixed tariff. A Guestmaster is assigned to visitors and spiritual guidance is available on requests. Guests share a simple lounge with 24 hour access to hot drinks - it is ideal for those wanting a break from TV, telephones and daily routine.
Date of stay: November 2013
2 Thank David P
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