Lingfield retreat centre reopens after major makeover

 

Claridge House, the Quaker retreat centre between Dormansland and Lingfield, has now reopened after being closed for six months for an extensive refurbishment programme. The work was funded by two generous legacies and a capital sum from the sale of a similar Quaker centre in the north of England.

 ‘Claridge House really has been transformed,‘ says general manager, Roberta Monticone. ‘All but three of our guest bedrooms are now en suite; we have better facilities for people with disabilities and the kitchen has been modernised. And Wi-Fi is now available, something that 21st century guests definitely expect!’

 The centre, which has been open for the past sixty years, runs on Quaker principles. In keeping with the ethos there are no televisions or alcohol. It has been welcoming guests of any faith, or none, to take part in individual retreats, group retreats and courses with a healing focus.

 ‘Our aim is to welcome and serve our guests in a way that nurtures a sense of individual well-being,’ says Roberta.

 ‘Our self-led day retreats, for example, are ideal for anyone who lives locally and simply wants to take time out, during the week, to recharge. There is no formal programme, apart from refreshments and lunch and everyone is welcome to join the optional twice-daily Quaker quiet times. Simply spending quiet time in the house and enjoying the tranquillity of the beautiful gardens can feel like a holiday.’

 Claridge House also offers a year-round programme of courses, with an emphasis on health, spirituality and creativity. These include yoga, meditation, Alexander Technique, healing art, writing and movement, and singing.

 Our delicious vegetarian menu uses locally sourced, organic produce, based on seasonal ingredients. Over the years, afternoon tea and cake has become something of an institution and very popular with guests. It is always served at 4pm with freshly baked home-made cake.

 As well as its programme of retreats and courses, Claridge House welcomes guests for bed and breakfast. Its proximity to Gatwick Airport makes it ideal for anyone looking for a convenient, quiet and comfortable stopover.

 

 For press information, images or interview requests please contact the General Manager, Roberta Monticone at   welcome@claridgehousequaker.org.uk or 01342832150

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