Bishop's House is a perfect location for group and individual retreats on Iona, we are located in the village and near to the Abbey, a haven of peace away from the tourist throng. Set in our own grounds, the House overlooks the sound of Iona.
The House is open from March until October for full board guests and can be booked for exclusive use groups, enabling them to have the whole house to themselves. We also offer a number of open weeks; these are an opportunity for individuals to find peace in the house with other pilgrims.
The House can be booked from November to February for self-catering by exclusive use groups. We provide the possibility to enjoy Iona’s crisp and glorious winters. The library with its open fire and traditional comfort is ideal for long peaceful Hebridean evenings.
Bishop's House does not often offer led retreat programs per se, but we do arrange for a regular rhythm of services and meals that help to structure the day. The House provides space for quiet individuals as well as group retreats. The library provides theological works and resources for retreats, as well as general reading material. Bishop's House is an empowering space that helps our guests to relax on this Holy Island.
Open Weeks at Bishop’s House
Open Weeks are an opportunity for individuals and smaller groups to stay at Bishop’s House. We still have room in the dates listed below. Email email@example.com or call 01681 700111 for bookings or further information.
22 – 29 June 2013
30 July – 3 August 2013
7 – 14 September 2013
7 – 14 October 2013
19 – 22 October 2013
21 – 25 March 2014
14 – 21 June 2014
5 – 12 July 2014
16 – 23 August 2014
28 August – 5 September 2014
4 – 11 October 2014 (Family Friendly Open Week)
We will also be offering a Holy Week retreat from 16 – 23 April 2014. Further details will be published when they are available, but bookings for this week are now open.
In the Footsteps of St. Columba, 14 – 19 October 2013
We are pleased to offer an Autumn led retreat with Reverend Joyce Watson, In the Footsteps of St. Columba. This year marks the 1450th anniversary of St. Columba’s arrival on Iona. Join us to experience autumn on Iona while learning more about this great man, as told by his follower St. Adamnan and brought back to life with relevance for our lives today by Reverend Joyce Watson. Ample time will be provided to explore the island, relax by the open fire, attend the daily services, and enjoy our wholesome home cooking. Only £325 per person for five nights with full board (single supplement may be applicable depending on availability). Longer stays can be arranged with the Warden if desired. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01681 700111 for bookings or further information.
Full board £60 per person per night
Half board £55 per person per night
15% discount for clergy, students and children
Single supplement of £15 per night for one person in a twin room.
Minimum stay 3 nights
A discount of 10% may be negotiated for groups of 10 or more sharing rooms.
Parish and other groups:
November - March £975 per night
April - October £1100 per night
Clergy and Theological Students:
November - March £850 per night
(excluding Holy Week and Easter) April - October £1025 per night
Self-Catering Winter Weeks
November - February £350 per night