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The Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, Pleshey

Religious Guest Houses

The House of Retreat, Pleshey is a place where people from all walks of life come to seek God and search for the spiritual in their lives.

Situated at the edge of a small, moated village in the heart of the Essex countryside. Only a 12-minute drive from Chelmsford, the retreat house is a place steeped in prayer, with space for quiet reflection. 

They also offer some B&B that you can request to book. There are 18 rooms in the main House, with 10 ensuites and 1 standard single on the first floor, and the Retreat Conductor’s suite with its sitting room. On the second floor, there are 4 singles and 1 twin-sharing bathroom facility. On the ground floor is a disabled access room with a wet room, designed for one but can be adapted for a twin.

In the Gatehouse there is one double and 4 singles, all ensuite and in the Parsonage Cottage there is one double and one twin with a shared bathroom.

Check in: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 18:00 (6:00pm) (arrivals may be allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted however this is subject to availability)

Check out: Before 09:30 (9:30am)

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Top facilities

Free WiFi

Free parking


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Facilities & information

Features & facilities


Retreats offered


Parking (free)

No smoking

No Official Rating

Historic property



Free broadband access (wifi)

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Chapel on premises

Book library

Linen included

Towels included

Common room


Central heating



Tea room




Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)


Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Arrival information & directions

Address: The Street, Chelmsford, Pleshey, Essex, PlesheyCM3 1HA, United Kingdom

Via the M11

Take M11 until junction 8 Stansted turnoff and follow the A120 toward Colchester.

Take the exit for Great Dunmow South B184 (not Great Dunmow West) and at the roundabout turn right under the A120. At the second part of the roundabout turn left and follow the B1008 toward Chelmsford – signposted Felsted. Proceed through Barnston, North End, and Ford End.

At Ford End, turn right at the signpost to Pleshey. Follow the road through Pleshey and the house is at the top of The Street on the left before you reach the Church.

If you miss the right turn at Ford End then continue toward Chelmsford until you come to the first roundabout and turn right to Howe Street. After Howe Street turn right onto the road signposted ‘Pleshey 2 miles’. Proceed through the village as detailed above.

Via the M25 and A12

From M25 at junction 28 follow A12 to Chelmsford and exit at junction 19 (Junction with A130/A138) take the A130 exit signposted Stansted. At the top of the slip road turn left and follow signs for A130/B1008 Stansted and Dunmow.

There are many roundabouts on this road: keep following the road in a northerly direction for 6 miles until you come to a roundabout with a signpost for Howe Street to the left.

Turn left onto minor roads through Howe Street. After Howe Street turn right onto the road signposted ‘Pleshey 2 miles’.

Follow the road through Pleshey and the house is at the top of The Street on the left before you reach the Church.

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