"Our hope is that all who share our life may find God among us, and be renewed in body, mind and spirit." - O.H.P Rule
The Priory is not a retreat house. There are currently two guest rooms available, and another five rooms are available in the Margaret Cope Centre. Guests come for quiet and retreat on an individual basis, but there is no structured programme other than the pattern of daily worship and meals kept by the Order. Depending on availability, it is possible for a Sister to give pastoral support to those who ask for it. Meals except breakfast are taken with the Community and are silent except for Thursday Supper, Saturday Supper and Sunday Dinner. During Advent and Lent, all meals are silent except for Sunday Dinner.
The Priory is usually closed to Guests from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon.
The Lodge (or gatehouse) is a small property at the drive entrance, with four guest rooms (one double room, one twin room and two single rooms), available to families or small groups. This is usually self-catering but some meals may be shared with the Community.
Each bedroom has a wash hand basin and its own key. Bed-linen, towels and soap are provided.
The usual maximum length of stay is one week.
All resident and day visitors are welcome to join the Community for the Eucharist and Offices in Chapel. Silence is a vital element in our life and we ask all our guests to respect this and to help us to observe it while they are here.
Visitors are also welcome to use the resources of the Priory Library. We have a wide range of theological texts, and Wi-Fi internet is also available in the Library.
We provide a wholesome, balanced, non-vegetarian diet and share with our guests whatever we have. We can provide a vegetarian diet, ie non meat and/or non fish if we know about it in advance. Other special diets may be possible on request.
As a Registered Charity, the Order does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of your stay, but invites donations to support the work. Guidelines below suggest contributions that would cover our costs. However we do not wish to preclude any who cannot afford these prices and we hope that the generosity of those who can afford more will cover the shortfall of those who cannot. British tax payers are invited to use Gift Aid for their donations.
Twenty four hours' fully catered stay: £35.
Self-catering stay: £20.
Cheques should be made payable to: Order of the Holy Paraclete.
It is helpful if guests plan their arrival during the afternoon. On the day of departure, rooms should be vacated by 9.30am unless a special arrangement has been made. Guests leaving on a Sunday are welcome to stay until after lunch.
The facilities of Sneaton Castle Centre on the site but managed separately from the life of the Priory, may be booked for parish groups, conferences, courses for schools and colleges, music workshops etc, as well as for bed and breakfast accommodation. We ask that groups using the Centre who also wish to use Chapel contact us in advance to discuss availability.
St Oswald's Pastoral Centre is run by the Order and has a resident community of three Sisters. The house is particularly suitable for private retreats or for small retreat groups and conferences or parish working parties.
Looking down the driveway towards the Lodge.
Please note that there are certain times of the year when we are unable to accept guests in the Priory accomodation. These are during our times of Retreat, at Christmas, Easter, and in the Summer, during times of Chapter meetings at Christmas and in the Summer, during our Claustral week (usually the 4th week of Lent), and during Holy Week.
During these times, the Sneaton Castle Centre is still available for guests, from individuals to large groups.
For the duration of the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, which usually runs during the last two full weeks of August, the Lodge will be in use by the musicians. The rooms in the Priory are also not always available. We advise anyone wishing to stay in the Priory during the Festival that the musicians from NYMCMF will be using rooms in the Priory and in Sneaton Castle Centre to rehearse in the mornings, and this includes Chapel.