Douai Abbey is a Benedictine monastery set on high ground above the Kennet Valley in rural West Berkshire. The community of 14 monks sing most of the divine office in English with Vespers in Latin and guests are welcome to attend. The community is Roman Catholic but other denominations are very welcome. Most of the extensive grounds are open to guests and there are well-signposted walks in the vicinity. Our programme of organised retreats for 2024 is not yet complete but details will be available on our website. Individual retreatants are always welcome. We normally limit the size of groups to 12 participants so that peace and quiet is easier to maintain.
Accommodation on Offer
Three conference rooms with digital projectors and screens
No 1 Capacity 35 as lecture room; 20 sitting at a table; unpright chairs
No 2 Capacity: 20 in comfy chairs
No 3 Capacity 16 in comfy chairs
Two sitting rooms/ library
One interview/conversation room
6 double rooms, 3 twin rooms, 13 single rooms - all en suite
Four rooms with disabled access showers near lift
Abbey Church - capacity 250
St Mary's Church - capacity 80
Retreat Centre Facilities
Types of Retreat Offered
We have not yet completed our list for 2024.
Details will soon be available on our website.
Retreat Centre Location
Upper Woolhampton, Reading RG7 5TQ, UK