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Monastery of Our Lady and St. Bernard

The Monastery of Our Lady and St Bernard is the home of a community of six Bernardine Cistercian Nuns. We follow the Rule of St Benedict and are part of the Cistercian family. Situated in the hills of the south Cotswolds, in a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswold valleys and hills enhances the peace of the monastery which is conducive to our life of prayer.

Our Guesthouse

Our guesthouse reflects the simplicity of the Cistercian way of life and, at the same time, is warm and comfortable. We welcome all who wish to ‘come away for a while’ from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to benefit from the peace of the monastery, the presence of a prayerful community and from the lovely surrounding countryside.

Individual Guests

Time to pray, time to be quiet, time to read, time to think, time simply to ‘be’.
Come for a Quiet Day or for a longer stay.
See programme for list of available retreats which are organised by the Sisters……


We welcome a wide variety of day groups: parishes, organisations, schools, bible study groups.

Residential Groups:

The guesthouse offers 14 bedrooms, 5 of which are twin.
There is good provision of bathroom facilities close to each bedroom.

Day Groups: 

Our facilities allow for up to 24 with either a cooked lunch or a packed lunch.

Suggested Offerings:

We would not want anyone to be deprived of a retreat or quiet time for financial reasons.  For those who are able, we suggest the following donations:

Full board 24 hours  (2 or more nights)      £55.00

Supper, Bed & Breakfast         £45.00
Supplement for a single night £10

Residential Weekend  £110.00 (Friday supper – Sunday lunch incl.)

Day with cooked lunch £25.00

Day with own packed lunch £15.00

An extra contribution is appreciated if we provide a Sister to speak to a group.

We aim to keep our suggested offerings very reasonable, but with prices increasing for us all, they are a little higher for 2024.

(Reg Charity: 241743)


Monastic Retreats