Community House is a welcoming stone building with an open fireplace, the older part dating from the 1920s. There's nothing 'posh' about it; it feels much more like a large family home than a hotel. We have a mixture of single, twin, double and family rooms – 14 in all.
None of the rooms has en-suite facilities – there are plenty of shared washrooms – but almost all rooms have wide views of the garden and the sea. Here are some photos of our bedrooms!
Two of the ground floor bedrooms are adapted for people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility limitations. All the common rooms are accessible for them too.
Furnishings are simple and comfortable – not all out of the latest catalogue! The community sitting room is a great place to relax, converse, play (games or music) or just enjoy the log fire.
The dining room is where you eat in company with other visitors and the resident core community. We provide three meals a day. Good food – freshly made and companionably shared – builds community. Everybody staying with us plays some small part in making that possible, peeling vegetables perhaps, or laying tables.
In our busiest family weeks we can take up to 37 people. At other times anything between 12 and 20 is more usual. The 7 members of the core community live in separate accommodation on site.
The Chapel...and other special places
Our chapel is a beautifully light space, flexible in use and peaceful in atmosphere. It embraces many purposes, from concert to seminar, from dance to art exhibition. And our daily rhythm of morning and evening gatherings ('Seedtime' and 'Harvest') maintains its meditative, prayerful character.
Our library offers a superb range of books and a quiet spot to read, write... or doze!
We have recently said farewell to our beloved but bedraggled Art & Craft Building. We are in the process of building a beautiful multi-purpose space to be called 'Four Seasons Studio'. You can learn more about this exciting new addition to Othona on the Fours Seasons Studio page.
Our treehouse and pagoda are favourite outdoor spots for all ages. Our terrace looks out over the sea.