There is no structured programme, apart from an informal devotion after supper. Guests are encouraged to plan their time to suit their individual needs. The house, grounds and stream, and walks in the surrounding area, provide plenty of space for quiet reflection, rest and relaxation.
Whilst we do not offer a structured retreat or formal counselling facilities, our Team members are usually more than willing to provide a listening ear, and pray with our guests on request.
Your day begins when you want it to with continental breakfast which is available in the kitchenette on each floor.
Coffee and tea is served with biscuits on the ground floor at 10:30 in the morning and with cakes and treats at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Lunch is served at 12:30 and usually consists of a delicious homemade soup served with an assortment of cheeses, breads and chutneys followed by a light dessert.
At 6pm our hearty, comfort food dinners are served followed by dessert.
Join us, if you wish, in an informal devotion after supper with a member of the team and other guests.
Visiting as a Group you will often have your own programme and timetable. Usually it will follow the standard pattern of the day at Stanton House, but on other occasions (especially where the group has booked the whole house facilities) the timetable can be adjusted to take into account the group’s specific requirements. Breakfast as a group is served in the dining room normally at 8.30 am, but this can be varied when appropriate, with a bit of notice! You will have the exclusive use of (at least) one of the lounges and use of wi-fi, flip chart, digital projector and screen if required.
Things To Do
Stanton House is a good base for walks. Plans of the grounds and the immediate surroundings and details of a Stanton St John village trail and of walks further afield are available, as are details of numerous places of interest to visit in Oxford and the surrounding area.
The village shop in Stanton St John carries a wide range of goods. The village also has two public houses, The Talk House and The Star, and a very old Parish Church which is also worth investigation.
A reasonable range of shops is available in Headington. A cluster of superstores is grouped around the Cowley interchange on the eastern Oxford bypass, and Oxford city centre contains not only the university colleges and cathedral, but also a full range of department stores, specialist shops, museums, restaurants and other city facilities. There is plenty to occupy the visitor in such a well known and well loved city.
For the guests who wish to do some sightseeing around the area, Blenheim Palace and Woodstock are just a stone’s throw away. Dorchester on Thames with its characteristic thatched roof cottages, and remarkable Abbey and grounds is half an hour away. The Cotswolds and the Chilterns are also nearby.
Details of services in the village church and other local churches are regularly displayed in Stanton House. Please see the “Links” section for further details.