A house with a very interesting history. Previously the home of the Cripps family, then a Convent and now a Retreat House.

​We have limited availability at weekends but it is always worth checking. Our rooms are spacious and comfortable and all double and twin rooms in the main house have en-suite shower rooms. The two single rooms have en-suite toilet and hand basin. Towels and hand soap are provided and there are tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms. However you have to appreciate that we are primarily a retreat house, not a hotel, so there are no TVs or telephones in the bedrooms; and although most staff live in the building, you may not always be able to find someone ‘on duty’. There is free wi-fi throughout the house, but mobile phone coverage is patchy.

As a slight aside – there have been a number of notable visitors over the years as well as having been used as a location for some of your favourite TV series – Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Lewis, Endeavour and Summer of Rockets to name a few.


From just £52.00 per person sharing, or £57 per person single occupancy.

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Garden and Grounds

We have 10 acres of grounds which visitors are free to enjoy. Although much of the area is laid to grass there are interesting features to discover. The most obvious is our magnificent Cedar of Lebanon. Its exact age is unknown, (thought to be nearly 700 years old) but it is certainly one of the oldest and largest in the country.

We also have our walled garden, The Lady Ryder Memorial Garden, from which the majority of produce used in our kitchen is sourced.

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.


Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Please convey my thanks to all who were involved. May God bless you all

J.K. London 2022