The Perfect Venue
Surrounded by majestic trees of differing greens, and a timeless landscape stretching into the distance, Gaunts is naturally beautiful and peaceful. One hears the birdsong, the cooing of pigeons. Roe deer come and nibble the roses of an early morning. The energy of the intention – see the What We Believe page – lived here for a generation, has become part of the fabric: one can feel it. The people here are friendly and helpful; we live as some sort of extended family. The ‘atmosphere’, ambience, embraces one on entering; some say they feel it from miles away.
Gaunts House is a period, red-brick mansion with castellated north tower, sitting within the c. 1,900 acres of Gaunts Estate. The rooms and setting are spacious, peaceful and beautiful. We have 44 single, double and twin bedrooms for guests with beds for up to 100 comfortably, plus 14 community bedrooms, plus camping. Some bedrooms have three beds. The Stable Block, 200 yards or so from the main house, houses ten en-suite bedrooms. We have a number of conference and reception rooms, of which the Barn Theatre is our largest indoor space for up to 200 people seated in lecture rows; 150 dancing; and about 100 in a huge circle/s around the walls.
Gaunts is naturally beautiful and peaceful, surrounded by majestic trees of differing greens, and a timeless landscape stretching into the distance. One hears birdsong and the cooing of pigeons; roe deer come and nibble the roses of an early morning. The people here are friendly and helpful; we live as some sort of extended family. The energy of the intention – see the Charter overleaf – lived here for a generation, has become part of the fabric: one can feel it. The ‘atmosphere’, ambience, embraces one on entering; some say they feel it from miles away.
The educational work of the foundation started in 1982, and well over 100,000 people have been to stay at Gaunts House since 1988. It is not unusual for course guests to tell us that Gaunts feels like their second home, and that their time here has been one of the happiest of their lives; that visiting Gaunts is an extraordinary experience. Course leader/teachers tell us this is one of the great centres in the world.
We have beautiful, flat Camping and a newly renovated Camper’s Shower & Loo Block for ladies, gents and the disadvantaged. All cars park in the Car-park under the trees. Campervans & caravans may be parked on the grass near the old tennis court.
- The Drawing Room
- The Old Hall
- The Dining Room
- The Old Smoking Room(Bar)
- Sanctuary(top of the North Tower)
PERMANENT COURSE AND WORKSHOP ROOMS
- The Barn Theatre (a large open space with sprung wooden floor)
- The Ballroom (grand, ornate)
- The Library (large, special)
- Ash(a large, reception room on the first floor)
- and more can be made available
Facilities AT Gaunts House
AVALON COTTAGE(from autumn 2016) is available for visiting course leader/teachers, and private retreatants, by arrangement
Camping around the Garden Lawn edge – a flat and beautiful area.
Camping Block New Ladies, Gents and Disadvantaged showers & loos, and a kitchen sink for campers, located in the Courtyard
Car-parking for around 85 cars.
Coffee Shop in the Courtyard
COURTYARD COTTAGE is available for visiting course leader/teachers, and private retreatants, by arrangement
Drawing Room has an extensive collection of books, audios and videos from around the world.
Garden Fire-pit at the bottom of the Garden Lawn with sit-around logs
Sunset Fire-pit new Fire Circle near front door, overlooking lake
Healing Rooms two – available for visiting therapists
Laundry We have clothes washing & drying machines available for guest’s use in the Stable Block between 8am. and 1pm.
Licensed Bar We have an ‘on-licence’ bar for guests on residential courses and functions. The low-price bar opens by request
The NORTH TOWER A two-room apartment, (plus k&b), available for visiting course leader/teachers, by arrangement; accessible from the black & white corridor
Organic Walled Garden and Herb Garden – beyond the Stables
Projectors Overhead and digital presentation projectors are available freely
Reception & Registration At client’s request, we can help receive your guests
Sanctuary The Library and other Quiet Rooms are available 24 hours/day. The Top Room in the North Tower is a Sanctuary accessible from the second floor landing
Smoking The Old Smoking Room is now the Bar. There is an open-air smoking area under the Wellingtonia down the Garden Steps
Swimming Pool Open-air, heated in summer
Signed Jogging Route – c. 3 miles
Old Squash Court
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* These rooms are equipped with sound systems, chairs, cushions, etc.
Dining Room seats – 60 – 84. To seat more people at the same time, we use the Old Hall and Old Smoking Room, and/or erect a marquee outside the Garden Door.
On Gaunts Estate –
Extensive Woodland and wildlife
3 miles River Allen
2 different types of Anaerobic Digesters
Ashton Lodge – smaller facility, (let to Sacred Trust)
Honeybrook Farm – open to the public for much of the year
St. Kenelms Church, Stanbridge, (redundant)
Local Social Club & Bar
Private Snooker Club
Ancient Temple Sites
Underground Nuclear Shelter, (abandoned)