Saint Columba’s House is an urban contemporary Christian retreat and conference centre just 30 minutes by train from the heart of London and a mile from the centre of Woking.

We are open to residential and day groups as well as individuals who are looking for a quiet, peaceful environment in which to meet, study, work, rest or pray.  We combine excellent standards of contemporary residential and meeting room accommodation with a reflective atmosphere and the traditional comfort of home-cooked food.

Saint Columba’s House offers the best of Christian hospitality to all our guests.  Alongside our varied programme, we are happy  to arrange bespoke events.

We look forward to welcoming you here soon.



St Columba’s House has a new Chaplain.

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Rachel Moore comes to St Columba’s with a wealth of experience in living and working in a Christian Community context, from the Northumbria Community, to voluntary work at Iona Abbey, through to the Servants Community in Southall, London. She brings liturgical and musical leadership across a range of styles from Classical to Gospel to Taizé. She is also a qualified Occupational Therapist and brings her therapeutic and pastoral skills to the role.

Rachel arrived at St Columba’s House fresh from a role as a neighbourhood community worker with St John’s Church Southall.  She led events and projects within this diverse multi-ethnic area bringing people together from different backgrounds. She lived with the Servants Community, on a vibrant, local estate offering direct support and community engagement within Christian lay community.

St Columba’s House will be quite a change in environment but Rachel will enjoy the new challenges it will bring. Rachel brings a broad range of experience of Christian spirituality and tradition and contemporary church. As a lay Chaplain Rachel is developing the prayer life of the House alongside Mother Angela, the Reverend Mother of the Sisterhood of St Peter who founded St Columba’s House.

Rachel is looking forward to creating new events for the House programme. In addition to regular events there will be additional celebrations as Autumn 2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the founding of St Columba’s House. St Columba’s House will continue to offer the popular Quiet Mondays (with a lunchtime communion service) in 2017 and a regular theological book group. The house will welcome Premier Radio’s Micha Jazz in February, John Bell from the Iona Community in March, and regular Wholeness through Christ events. St Columba’s House is also available for personal Quiet Days as well as welcoming residential groups.

If you would like to get in touch with Rachel she would love to hear from you, so contact her on 01483 766498