St. Katharine’s is a lovely venue for small conferences, training days, workshops and seminars.
We are not a dedicated conference centre but do have the facilities to cater for around 80 people for day events.
Depending on the requirements of each individual or group, rooms may be booked by the hour (minimum one and a half hours) or by the day. Room hire is £15 per hour (e.g. lounges or library. The Chapel can also be hired (Please contact the office for rates). Exclusive use of the ground floor of St Katharine’s is possible if requested at time of booking for £750 per day.
We can provide a data projector and screen, a pa system, flip-charts and pens and display boards. In winter, log fires can be lit in the entrance hall and blue room. If you have other requirements, please ask and we will do our best to provide them. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the house, and in 2019 this was upgraded with the installation of access points throughout the main house. Please be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy in this area.
The striking entrance hall provides a good reception area.
The is a tea/coffee station which is available all day.
Use of this space must be arranged/discussed at the time of booking.
The larger of our two ground floor lounges, accessed directly from the entrance hall, the Blue Room overlooks the Cedar Tree and grounds to the side house. The layout of this room has been changed in recent months and is now a comfortable sitting room. There are 2 large sofas, 4 arm chairs and bench seating in the bay window. In normal circumstances this room can accommodate 18 people comfortably ‘in the round’.
The smaller of our two ground floor lounges, accessed directly from the entrance hall, the Green Room opens onto the grounds to the side of the house. There are 2 comfortable sofas, arm chairs and space for several more chairs if required. There is a small writing table by one window. In total, the room can seat up to 10 people.
The Prayer Room, which leads off the Library, is an intimate space for quiet prayer.
The picture shows when we had the Retreat Association Icon for a few weeks.
The oak-panelled dining room seats around 36 guests. It can sometimes be hired out for small or medium sized functions, such as an afternoon tea.
The picture shows the current st-up allowing for social distancing.
The Chapel (main hall) is a consecrated Anglican chapel. It can seat up to 80 in formal rows or at circular tables of 10 people. There is a dedicated prayer space at the far end of the chapel, leaving a space of approximately 12.0m x 6.5m available to use for other events.
The Library contains theology and devotional books which may be used by guests during their stay. There is currently no set charge for this room for individuals wanting a non-residential day retreat, but a donation of £20 per person is appreciated.
The grand main staircase leads out of the entrance hall and divides in front of the stunning stained glass window.
The main staircase leads to a large open area. There is comfortable seating where guests can relax together. A large table and chairs provides a place to work, write or craft. Rooms 1 to 8 lead directly off this space.
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon tea. ”
Oasis, Christ Church - Jul 2018
Thank you for having us! Great stay, lovely garden and helpful staff. See you again next year. ”
Vacation Project, Lincoln College Oxford - Aug 2018
The success of the weekend was helped ... by the quality of the accommodation ... the generous provision of our food but perhaps most of all the staff ”
Bereaved dads' weekend Nov 2018
This has been a wonderful caring time. Thank you St Katharine's staff team. ”
NW & JT, Marlow - Oct 2018
Thank you so much for everything that you and your team did for our family yesterday. Everything went so smoothly and everyone said what a wonderful venue St Katharine's was both in terms of food and venue.
Your team were absolutely outstanding and made the day very easy for us. ”
CM - Feb 2020
Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was perfect. The memorial garden is wonderful and so good to have time to sit and appreciate the atmosphere. ”