Located on high ground in the Kennet Valley just north of Berkshire’s border with Hampshire, and roughly halfway between Reading and Newbury, Douai Abbey is within easy reach of these towns as well as of London, Oxford, Bracknell, Winchester and Basingstoke. Our local railway station, Midgham, is a mile away, bordering the A4 /Bath Road.
Our conference facilities can accommodate both mid-week and weekend in-service training or conferences, from a half-day to several days in length. There are three conference rooms of varying sizes; all are fitted with digital projectors. Conference Room 1 can accommodate 45 people seated in rows or a maximum of 22 seated in boardroom style. Conference Room 2 can seat 20 people maximum in rows, and Conference Room 3 can seat 16 people maximum around the sides of the room.
Our quality catering (the kitchen was recently rated at 5 stars by the local authority) and a dedicated guest refectory that seats 48 are available for our conference guests. In warmer months and clement weather a pleasant courtyard is also available for relaxing or chatting. We offer continental breakfast, a two-course lunch and a one-course supper.
For more information please contact Fr Oliver, the Guestmaster.
**NB - All guests and visitors are expected to abide by the rules of the monastery and guesthouse, and we reserve the right to refuse anyone admission. All persons at Douai - monks, staff, and other guests - should be treated with respect at all times. From time to time minors may be staying at Douai. Please feel free to check with us and arrange an alternative date if you prefer.