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Facilities Overview

Our hope is that the Franciscan Centre, set in the grounds of Ladywell, will provide a contemplative space for you to nourish your spirit. We also have several dedicated prayer spaces which you are invited to use during your stay.

Meeting Rooms Prayer Spaces Grounds Dining Options Accessibility

Meeting Rooms

 

The Dun Scotus Conference Room is a light spacious room looking over the grounds and opening into The Carceri Garden (the Walled Garden in the original house). The room is fully accessible, has AV equipment, microphones and a loop system. We can host up to 40 people in this room.

Lady Jacoba is a hospitality space. The room is set up informally in a “Café” style setting for guests to enjoy their refreshments or meals.  There is also AV equipment which can be used independently or in conjunction with the Dun Scotus Conference Room.

The Refectory is a large light room that can be used as one room or split into two rooms with a sound proofed divider. Both areas have AV equipment, as well as food and drink facilities. The Refectory can comfortably host 100 people and is accessible directly from the main driveway and can offer guests the opportunity of independent space without having to access the main house.

The Francis Room and Clare Room, both situated on the ground floor of the main house, are comfortable sitting rooms, with large windows that look out onto the grounds, that are ideal for formal or informal meetings. Both furnished with long table and chairs as well as more comfortable sofas & chairs.

Portiuncula, also on the ground floor of the main house, is a multi-purpose room furnished with a beautiful desk for writing, a comfortable chesterfield sofa for sitting back and relaxing, a working fireplace (winter only), as well as a hexagonal table with chairs, ideal for a small group meeting.

We also have a selection of different sized meeting rooms on the first floor of the Main House that maybe used for small informal groups or meetings.

Fonte Columbo is on our ground floor and comfortably sits two or three people. On leaving the room you will see our commissioned images of St Clare and St Francis, set as windows into the red brick work of the main house.

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Prayer Spaces

 

Ladywell Chapel:
This chapel has been a place of prayer, worship and celebration for the FMDM sisters since 1959
The mosaics and stain-glass help create an atmosphere of beauty and praise to God. Please feel free to visit and spend time there for your own prayer and reflection and you are most welcome to join the sisters for the celebration of the Eucharist.

The Tau Prayer Room:
This is a much more ‘intimate’ prayer space for one or two people, overlooking the Ladywell drive, providing a lovely view at any time of the year. The central prayer focus in this space is a Tau Cross – a significant Franciscan symbol.

Other spaces:
There are other rooms which, should a group require it, can be used as spaces for communal prayer, services or sacramental celebrations.

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Grounds

 

Ladywell grounds offer many different spaces for quiet reflection and the enjoyment of God’s creation. These include:

The Carceri Garden:
A spacious, private and quiet landscaped garden with a water feature, summer house and pergola – a place to sit or walk and contemplate the beauty around you.

Ladywell Grounds:
The grounds around the Centre are extensive and provide plenty of opportunities to walk or to find quiet spaces to sit.  The FMDM sisters’ cemetery, is located behind Ladywell Chapel and looks across the valley to Tuesley Farm.  There is also an outside Stations of the Cross which go around the southern section of the grounds

The Shrine Field:
A short walk outside the back gate brings you to this Shrine in honour of Our Lady. Built by the FMDM in the 1950s the Shrine sits on the site of an ancient chapel.  This place has been a place of prayer since the 7th Century and is mentioned  in the Doomsday Book. You can read the story of this place of prayer and worship on the notice board beside the Shrine. The woodland adjacent to the Shrine was planted by the FMDM as part of the Millennium Project in 2000, in partnership with The Woodland Trust. Feel free to walk in these beautiful woods and continue onto the public footpaths beyond.

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Dining Options

Our “Five Star” rated kitchen has earned a good reputation for our delicious home cooked meals and can cater for those with differing dietary needs or allergies.

We offer a variety of options for meals eg. a two-course meal, hot buffet, cold buffet or a working lunch.  If you are hosting a day event with us, we will work with you to prepare a menu for your group.  If your group is staying longer, we will do our best to accommodate your needs throughout your stay.

Please let us know in advance of any allergies.

Self-catered options are also available.

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Accessibility

 

At the Franciscan Centre, we strive to make our premises as accessible as possible.  As part of our refurbishment, we have created accessible pathways, meeting rooms and dining rooms, so that our beautiful grounds and facilities can be explored and enjoyed.

Ladywell Chapel is also accessible for those in a wheelchair.

Along the Ladywell drive, a mobility friendly pathway provides a gentle walk amongst the trees lining the drive with views of the adjoining fields. The bird life is abundant at Ladywell and you may be lucky enough to spot some of our local wildlife, such as squirrels, deer and foxes.

In ‘San Damiano’ we have one fully accessible, two bedroomed apartment, that has a double bed in one bedroom and a single adjustable care bed in an adjacent room. The flat also contains a full wet room, small sitting room and kitchen with washing facilities. Please note that the kitchen is not fully accessible for those in a wheelchair, but meals could be provided through our catering team.

Should you require further information on our accessible accommodation, please contact us.

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