Staying with Us

Covid-19 - Updated 17th July 2021

Although legal restrictions are being lifted on 19th July because of the third wave of Covid infections we are not yet opening our residential accommodation to the general public. You are most welcome to come as a day guest at the St. Benedict's Centre, which shares the Abbey site. Our church is closed over the summer for electrical works but our office is being prayed in the Pilgrim Chapel by the Revd. Jane Winter, an oblate of this community and director of the St. Benedict's Centre, when she is here on site. The Pilgrim Chapel is also available for private prayer. Numbers for the office and private prayer are restricted for your safety so please contact Jane via the St. Benedict's Centre website to make a booking.

Although you cannot visit the community in person at the moment you can share a little of our life in these videos:

Hospitality once restrictions have been lifted

Tea with the guest sister in the Abbey Garth kitchen

Hospitality has always been an essential part of the Benedictine tradition. A Benedictine guest house is a place of welcome and blessing for as St. Benedict says, 'Let each guest be received as Christ'. The Malling nuns welcome individuals for residential retreats and times of reflection and refreshment as well as visits from our families, friends and oblates. Our guest accommodation, which is all self-catering, includes the Abbey Garth with four en-suite rooms on the first floor of the Western Range of the nuns' cloister, the room Thomas Becket above the Pilgrim Chapel in the Gatehouse and the two-bedroomed St. Michael's Cottage in its own private garden behind the Church. We make no charge but we gratefully accept donations to help cover costs.

guest relaxing in an Abbey Garth bedroom

Groups and individuals coming for a quiet day or study day are accommodated at the St. Benedict's Centre and should book directly with them. Special events such as Heritage Open Days and Historical and School tours and visits are arranged jointly with the nuns and the Centre.

guests receiving communion

Our community has prayer together at intervals throughout the day and our guests are warmly welcome to attend. Our worship - the Eucharist and the Divine Office - nurtures and expresses our corporate focus on God. Guests are also welcome to pray privately in our Guest Chapel at other times and in the Pilgrim Chapel when it is not in use by a group. The labyrinth in the garden provides another space for prayer and reflection.

There is a selection of books and leaflets available in the Abbey Garth with ideas for how you might use your retreat and the guest sisters are able to provide a listening ear if you would like to talk to someone. However we are not trained as spiritual directors so we are sorry that we cannot provide individually guided retreats or spiritual direction.

guests cooking in Abbey Garth kitchen

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