The proposal sought to widen the appeal of the Retreat House by providing new facilities within the constraints of local planning and the ethos of the House.
The proposed plans included:
- PHASE 1A – Renovation of the Gatehouse to incorporate five en-suite bedrooms COMPLETED
- PHASE 1B – An upgrade of the Conductor’s suite to include en-suite facilities and private sitting room COMPLETED
- PHASE 1C – A new Orangery for meetings, meals and relaxation COMPLETED
- PHASE 1C – Modernisation of the easy access room on the ground floor, including a fit for purpose wet room COMPLETED
- PHASE 1C – Greatly improved access and facilities in all areas, especially for those with mobility constraints COMPLETED
- Provision of en-suite showers and wet rooms to 21 bedrooms
- Improvements to the separate toilets, showers and bathrooms
- Lift access to the first floor
- An enlarged Refectory
- Modernised kitchen area with cold-room, dry store and delivery area
- A new glazed Reception area with ramp access
- Development of lower ground floor to incorporate laundry and housekeeping rooms plus a staff-room
Ground Floor 1st Floor
The refurbishment proposals are being phased so that the House remains open for business and our programme of Retreats and Quiet Days continue as normal as possible.
Making changes, while maintaining the quiet ambience and established character, can be both challenging and costly. The total work will cost in excess of £1.5 million. We were fortunate to receive a sizeable legacy that enabled us to proceed with Phase 1 and along with generous donations, from many parishes and individuals, that work has been completed and paid for in full.