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Quarr Abbey Guesthouse
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Quarr Abbey Guesthouse
Ranked #15 of 17 Ryde B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 20, 2013

I stayed 5 days at the Abbey for my retreat. Rooms are basic but tastefully furnished. Generous food portion, eaten together with the monks in silence. Warm welcome given by the Guestmaster. While there is no fixed charged for staying at the abbey, a donation should be given.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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6  Thank Kar Yong L
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Quarr Abbey is home to a now small (about 9) community of Benedictine monks who came originally (early 1900's) from Solesmes in France during a time of persecution of the catholic church. It is a very large establishment designed to accommodate in excess of 100 monks. Unlike most other Benedictine communities in Britatin the monks at Quarr are a contemplative body of men who are not engaged in running schools etc. as is the case at Ampleforth for example.
Hospitality in the guest house is very simple with one or two en-suite rooms the majority however having just a washbasin with an adequate supply of showers and loos. Food is plentiful, simple and wholesome and the main meals are taken in silence (apart from suitable reading) with the monks in the refectory. The buildings are an interesting mix of the Moorish and the more contemporary and are laid out in the traditional pattern of church, cloister, chapter house , refectory etc. There are delighful walks through the monastic grounds of bluebell woods and fields to the shore which looks across to the busy city of Portsmouth.
This is a wonderfully peaceful place where you are left pretty much to your own devices however, if you have special areas of concern which you would like to share with one of the community members this can always be organised. You are not expected to attend any/all of the monastic services but it feels appropriate to be in evidence for some of the offices.The guesthouse is not restricted to Roman Catholics and there is no fixed charge but guests will (and should) always feel it appropriate to make a donation appropriate to the warmth of the welcome and the unconditional hospitality provided.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank clivecornwall
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Rooms clean and simply furnished, warm and comfortable. Plenty of walks, to be at one with nature. Food is very good. Shock to system if your expecting all mod cons, no tv or WiFi, but once the overall shock has gone I really enjoyed the whole experience of time away from rat race and enjoyed living the simple life.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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5  Thank J B
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Reviewed May 9, 2006

I have stayed at Quarr Abbey on the Isle Of Wight Many times over the years. What is it like? Well I can only describe it as a peaceful Haven of tranquility. Everybody is made welcome, Catholics and non Catholics alike. If you want solitude thats exactly what you will get. If you have a need to seek advice ,or just to talk ,that too is available, from some of the most pleasant and compassionate people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. You are not asked to do anything, though you are made welcome at any of the services if you choose to attend. The accommodation and food is basic, but adequate. There is no tarrif, you simply donate whatever you can afford. If you can't thats ok too. If you have never stayed in a Monastery, or actually met monks you will be very pleasantly surprised.. If you want to stay simply contact the guest master

10  Thank Hotfeet
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Reviewed September 22, 2006
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Stayed: August 2006
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Address: Ryde PO33 4ES, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Isle of Wight > Ryde
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Ranked #15 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Ryde
Number of rooms: 8
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