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St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House

31001 N. Valyermo Rd., PO Box 40, Valyermo, CA 63563
St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Enjoyed a five-day directed silent retreat in early Feb of 2015. Weather was beyond beautiful at that modest 4000 foot elevation. Accommodations were neat, clean and inviting. The entire grounds are as welcoming as the resident monks. This is the place to go for quiet personal reflection and prayer. The close proximity to the historic "Punchbowl" site in the Angeles... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

I have been a guest at the retreat house 10 times for the last 15 months because I have been going through some major downs in my life such as loss of job and relationship breakdowns. I keep much to myself and the environment, preached retreats, spiritual direction, and beautiful high dessert and the Abbey's oasis create conditions for healing... More 

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Saint James City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Having only been a day visitor I cannot speak to the accommodation specifics, however, the grounds offer myriad spaces for quiet moments and/or reflection. There are no cell phones, televisions, or loud voices. The Welcome Center and Book Store is a wonderful spot to sit, read and expand your base of knowledge. Even if you are not devout or religious... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Smell the rosemary, smell the pines, love the monastery dogs, listen to the skipping fountains and have a break from your everyday pace; do it all the Benedictine way in moderation and ease. Meals are plentiful, conversation is stimulating, the silence is a tonic in this high desert sanctuary. There is nothing so sweet as chanting psalms for the night... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I love St. Andrew's Abbey and wish I could visit more often. The high desert is fabulous and beautiful and peaceful. The sky is full of stars. It's rewarding to wander up into the hills and down to the water and around the different garden spaces. It is a place free of television and cell phones and computers where an... More 

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I've been many times to St. Andrew's since my first 2008 retreat for weekend directed retreats. I love all the liturgies, the freedom from the usual distractions and "busyness" of home and work, versus the peaceful "balanced days" of Benedictine life at the Abbey in a beautiful holy place. I've enjoyed the lovely garden and going for short hikes in... More 

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Bede H, Guestmaster at St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House, responded to this review

Thank you! And, yes, it's a very good idea to book early. More 

Hesperia, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Staying countless times at St. Andrew's Abbey has been a most beautiful blessing for me. I like it so much that I volunteer in the retreat office. Although God dwells throughout creation, I sense that this abbey is a very holy place. The pond is my most favor place to commune with God. Singing the liturgies with the monks in... More 

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Bede H, Guestmaster at St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House, responded to this review

We're honored that God's presence in all creation seems to find focus here for you. More 

Hawthorne, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The sign at the entrance says, "No hunting, except for peace" and if this is what you are hunting for, you are sure to find it here. The rooms are simple, but adequate, with wonderful views. The meals are good and the lunch time soup always tasty! Mass is celebrated daily and the monks are wonderful and friendly. Many directed... More 

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Bede H, Guestmaster at St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House, responded to this review

I'm so glad you find our monastery renewing! More 

Piñon Hills, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Best place to go to get away and renew. It's away from all distractions. It's quiet, it's lovely, it's peaceful. The rooms are comfortable and have views of the desert and mountain landscape. No tv or phones, but there is wifi connection. There is a lovely garden to relax in or you can go for a hike or take a... More 

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Bede H, Guestmaster at St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House, responded to this review

"Smart, funny, charming" - you're too kind, Debbie! More 

Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

If you are looking for total decompression from urban life, check in to St. Andrew's Abbey. Rooms are spartan but very clean. The meals are simple but plentiful and tasty. While it's been recently equipped with wi-fi in the common area lodge, this is the only connection to the outside world. No TV, phone, or cell service. Think off the... More 

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Bede H, Guestmaster at St. Andrew's Abbey Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this encouraging first review! More 

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