© Bishop Woodford House
Bishop Woodford House is located in the garden of the former Ely theological College and is an oasis of peace and tranquillity.
It benefits from being built relatively recently and offers facilities for gatherings of up to 60 or more intimate groups of 4 or 5.
The NGS garden provides areas of relative privacy.
Dining and accommodation are also part of the hospitality we offer.
To see some of the facilities, view the slide show (right).
More details are available below or in the downloadable information sheet.
In recent years the Garden has been transformed to create areas of relative privacy.
Here, on a warm day, guests can sit undisturbed with the scent of flowers and the busy drone of the bumblebee and feel totally at peace.
The garden also contributes towards the provision of the house, with a small kitchen garden, where vegetables and fresh herbs are grown organically throughout the summer.
The gardener keeps the use of chemicals to an absolute minimum using only organic fertilizers. Kitchen and garden waste is composted and put back into the soil. This way we can maintain a natural balance and encourage beneficial wildlife into the garden.
Guests may also wish to wander down to the river or through the Cathedral and Millennium Parks.
Bookings & Further Information
To make a provisional booking or arrange a visit please contact Tim or Ron, at
Bishop Woodford House
Retreat & Conference Centre
Telephone: 01353 663039
The Chapel is at the heart of the House and is adjacent to the spacious entrance hall. The chapel is always open for both individual and corporate prayer and meditation. It seats up to 60 and is available for use by all groups visiting the House. It may also be used as a rehearsal room for choirs staying at the House. This simple but beautiful building dates back to Victorian days. It was originally sited elsewhere in the city and was carefully dismantled and rebuilt on its current site.
St Etheldreda's Room is the largest meeting room and seats up to 30 in an informal circle or up to 60 in lecture room style. Most groups use this as their main room though it can also be a conference room, artist's studio, sewing room or just a place for peace and quiet.
St Mary's Room is the second largest meeting room. It can seat up to 20 in an informal circle or in lecture room style. It is at the far end of the building and is often used when two groups are sharing the facilities of the House as the main meeting room for the smaller group.
St Peter's Room is a small syndicate room or general sitting room which can seat about 8 in a circle.
The Board Room seats about 30 in board room style and is great for more formal meetings with lots of paperwork. It can also be used as an additional syndicate room. As this room is a shared facility with the Diocesan Office next door, there is no guarantee that it will always be available. If you wish to use this room then please check it's availability with us at the time of booking.
The Entrance Hall is a bright open area where you can socialise during coffee breaks or in the evenings. It can also be used by small groups as a discussion area.
The Library is next to St Mary's Room and can be used as a small group room for about 4 people. It also contains a small selection of books for use by guests at the House.
The Bookshop is where we sell a variety of Christian books, cards, candles, pens, Icons and other gifts. It can also be used as a small syndicate room for 3 or 4 people or as an interview room.
Rehearsal Room Choirs staying at Bishop Woodford House may use our chapel as a rehearsal room. There is an electric Yamaha Clavinova keyboard in the chapel which seats up to 60.