Retreat and Conference Centre

“We enjoyed the most spectacular hospitality from the Community this weekend. The Abbey is the most extraordinarily wonderful place to stay – the perfect gentle place to host our group weekend.”


The Abbey is a unique medieval building, set in extensive grounds, tucked away in the small village of Sutton Courtenay, just 10 miles south of Oxford. This extraordinary facility is used by individuals and groups from the public, private and voluntary sectors, and is as relevant to a private celebration as it is to a large corporate event – a peaceful yet creative setting that never ceases to inspire all who visit.


For meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and significant events, we have four beautiful, historic rooms accommodating between 12 and 60 people. We are able to provide varied seating arrangements, tables, flipcharts and audiovisual equipment.

The Hearth is on the ground floor. With a beamed ceiling, a log fire, and views over the garden. Seats up to 18 people.

The Solar is in the oldest part of the building (around 1280), on the first floor. It has timber beams, a log fire, and views over the medieval courtyard and garden. Seats up to 12 people.

The Library is on the first floor with magnificent stained glass windows overlooking the gardens. Seats up to 14 in armchairs.

The Great Hall has a timber vaulted ceiling, wooden floor, magnificent fireplace, french windows opening on to the garden and a grand piano. This space is very flexible and can accommodate up to 60 people. It is wheel chair accessible with assistance.


A variety of simple, comfortable bedrooms in the Abbey and Guest House provide accommodation for groups of up to twenty people.

The Abbey Main House

The Guest House


The Abbey provides a beautiful and inspiring environment for wedding receptions and significant ceremonies and blessings. The Great Hall can be used for intimate or larger scale events and accommodates up to 60 people. If your reception is for a larger group then numbers can be increased by the hire of marquees on the Great Hall lawn. Catering can be provided in-house or The Abbey can source an excellent local supplier. Please note that the Abbey is not licensed for wedding ceremonies.


All meals are vegetarian and prepared from fresh ingredients, including produce from our kitchen garden. Fresh fruit is usually available and you are welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee throughout your stay. Meals can be provided for seated groups of up to 35. Up to 60 can be catered for on a non-residential, buffet basis. Lunch is included in our non-residential package and breakfast, lunch and evening meal for residential guests.

“This was my first time here and I have been so impressed with everything I’ve encountered here. Beautiful environment, peaceful and tranquil surroundings, gorgeous food”
–Delegate with Carr-Gomm

“A truly inspirational space, welcoming smiles and warmth, and exceptional food”
–Brand Conspiracy

“The atmosphere has been wonderful, and so has the teaching. The cooking has been out of this world”


The Abbey is surrounded by 4 acres of beautiful grounds that include mature trees, a woodland path, a labyrinth and tranquil sitting areas, which all guests are welcome to explore and enjoy. There are also fine walks through the old village and along the nearby Thames.