“Hospitality is not to change people,
but to offer them space where change can take place.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Hospitality is one of the Quiet Garden Movement’s values, alongside contemplative prayer and nature (re)connection. At the Charlecote Quiet Garden we take hospitality seriously: whether its fresh coffee upon arrival, homemade cake before you leave, or a comfy sofa to relax on, we try to create the best possible environment in which you can rest and revive. It isn’t fussy. It’s often simple. It hopefully contributes to a renewing day.
The quiet days led by the team are fully catered. Coffee on arrival; home-cooked light lunch; tea & homemade cake before departure.
If you are coming on your own tea, coffee and biscuits are on offer throughout the day. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch, but for a small cost we can provide you with soup and sandwiches. Contact us if you’d like to discuss this further.
Food is usually veggie or vegan. We easily cater for gluten and dairy free diets. Just let us know when booking.
Charlecote Vicarage is a private home, so is open to visitors by arrangement only. If you would like to arrange a visit for yourself or a group please contact us.
Within the grand 1830’s vicarage there are two sitting rooms, a dining room and a cloakroom for use by visitors. There is space to seat 10 comfortably; 12 if you don’t mind being close to your neighbour. It is also easy to find a corner for one: our favourite spot looks out onto the garden where deer have been known to wander past. The vicarage has cold floors, so if you’re the kind of person (like us) who prefers to wander around barefoot then we suggest you bring woolly socks or slippers for indoors. We try to create a space where you can make yourself at home.
The garden has three ‘rooms’. An open sycamore-shaded lawn, an enclosed garden with mature borders and specimen trees, and an old orchard with veg patch. The enclosed area of garden has a circular path (grass and gravel), ideal for a walking meditation.
In the garden there are a couple of benches from which you can enjoy the sunshine, watch for birds, and stare into space. There’s also a well-shaded summer house which offers shelter from the elements – it does not have heating, so wrap up warm if you’re visiting on a cool day. The garden can often be quite soggy underfoot so please bring suitable footwear. (We prefer not to have muddy shoes inside the house!)
If the garden doesn’t offer you enough space for wandering, then there are local footpaths we can recommend, or you could visit Charlecote Park just over the road (free to National Trust members). The Park has its own herd of majestic deer and a flock of Jacob sheep, as well as great trails down to the River Avon where you might just glimpse a kingfisher. St Leonard’s Church is also nearby if you’re looking for a different kind of space in which to pray.