13th century Charney Manor Conference & Retreat Centre in Oxfordshire – a grade I listed building – has a library and is surrounded by 3 acres of attractive gardens in a village setting. A continental breakfast, two course lunch and evening meal are available. The establishment caters for any dietary requirements, all produce is sourced locally and the food is home-cooked.
The Manor’s two conference rooms are commonly used by groups such as charities, businesses, medical and research staff, musicians, authors and artists.
The programme of retreats is designed to reflect current interests and emerging concerns amongst Quakers, but the retreats aim to be inclusive, meaning everyone is welcome. See the programmed events.
There are two options for individuals or groups : (1) Bed & Breakfast – usually guests can get permission to remain on the premises during the day; and (2) Fully catered – weekdays there’s a lot of flexiblity, but at weekends there have to be at least 20 guests at the Manor for this option to be economically viable.
(1) The manor itself (the main building) has the ability to sleep several residents comfortably. The Library is available for use as a meeting room; a computer with broadband is available. The Sitting Room provides a space to chat with other residents; it can also be booked. The ‘Solar‘, with its beautiful wooden beams, is the oldest part of the building and provides a meeting space for large groups. Bedrooms: 6 twin, 1 double 2 single.
(2) The Vokins annexe has additional bedrooms: 6 single and 4 twin.
(3) The Barn has full wheelchair access and there is a lift up to the Barn meeting room, which has available tables, chairs and presentation aids and can accommodate large gatherings. Bedrooms: 2 twin, 2 single – one of each suitable for disabled people.
(3) The Gilletts is a cottage that is completely separate from the rest of the Manor. It has a large and comfortable sitting room, spacious dining room, an adjoining kitchen for those who want self-catering, a downstairs bathroom with shower over bath and with a WC. Bedrooms: 2 single and 3 twin.
“I arrived at Charney Manor for bed-and-breakfast last Sunday afternoon, just as a day-gathering was leaving – and was surprised to find that I would be the only guest on the whole site that night! I ended up spending nearly 24 hours there (sustained by a pub dinner together with Charney Manor’s extensive continential breakfast selection) and took advantage of the solitude to turn my visit into a private retreat. The sun was benevolent, so I spent most of the time strolling or reading in the gardens. A beautiful setting and a very uplifting experience.” Frank R, August 2013.