Buckfast Abbey has provided the perfect setting for many inspirational retreats and conferences in this most tranquil of destinations, nestled on the edge of Dartmoor and within easy access of the A38. As of May 2015, however, this Benedictine Monastery is set to extend its unique hospitality further with the addition of hotel-style accommodation. Offering 33 quality bedrooms, the newly renovated Northgate House is now an attractive destination for larger, extended gatherings and conference delegates.
Home to a close-knit community of monks, Buckfast Abbey has attracted pilgrims for centuries. The site was originally established as a monastery in 1018, and has experienced times of peace, turbulence, grandeur, ruin and eventual restoration. Today visitors of all denominations and none are still given a warm welcome in accordance with St Benedict’s exhortation to “make hospitality your special care”. It is this ethos that underpins the provision of excellent service and hospitality to all who visit, and makes it an ideal place to stay.
Nigel Evans, Buckfast Abbey’s new Accommodation Manager, comments “Buckfast Abbey has long been delighting people with its beauty and tranquility and with our new facilities, we are looking forward to being able to welcome even more people in larger groups over multiple days.”
With food very much at the heart of its appeal, Buckfast Abbey gives catering a great name. For guests staying at Northgate House, this starts with a delicious breakfast. Tasty meals, cooked daily on site using local produce where possible, can be enjoyed by guests in Northgate House as well as The Grange Restaurant, with fantastic views out over Buckfast Abbey and its grounds. Northgate House also features a bar and evening meals can be catered for either as a hot buffet or from the à la carte menu. Whether staying as part of a group or as an individual, the dedicated, attentive accommodation team will be on hand to look after guests and create a seamless experience, ensuring visitors leave refreshed and inspired.
In addition to Northgate House, guests can also make use of Grangehurst House, which is an excellent base for youth groups, choirs, schools and church groups. Located over three floors, the bedrooms are split into a mixture of single, twin and multi-occupancy. In addition to a large lounge, kitchen and dining room, there is a separate activity room – fully equipped with a television, DVD player, piano, flipchart and table tennis and pool tables – located near the main house.
Alternatively, Avila is a picturesque self-catering house with two en-suite double bedrooms, a twin-bedded room and a single, with a modern, fully-equipped kitchen (including dishwasher), spacious dining room and comfortable lounge with an open fire. Ideal for families and small groups, Avila offers fabulous views towards Hembury Woods and Dartmoor, and in addition to its own garden, there is access to a large flat field at the rear of the property.
Due to the increasing demand for family accommodation, in 2012 the Monastic Community decided to open up St Benet’s and St Petroc’s as self-catering accommodation. Traditionally reserved for staff, these houses are ideally situated in the quiet residential area near the Abbey, in between Avila and Northgate houses. Both properties are modestly arranged with a kitchen, lounge and dining room on the ground floor and three bedrooms located on the first floor.