Wistaston Hall

About Us

The story of Wistaston Hall goes back to the 12th century. The present house was built in the early 17th Century and is one of Cheshire’s historic buildings with many local associations.
It was acquired by the Oblate Congregation in 1943.
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded in 1816 by St Eugene de Mazenod to serve the
poor and marginalised of post revolutionary France. They would go the poorest people in the land to remind them of their human dignity
and share the message of Jesus Christ. Today we see Wistaston Hall as a centre for Adult Faith Development. This purpose is promoted through the provision of a resource for Retreats and Conferences. As well as being a resource for the ministry of our own congregation we are happy to share this facility with other groups, lay and religious, who seek to promote the life of faith. We also welcome groups from other denominations and faith traditions.
Peaceful gardens and scenic walks surround the house, which is conveniently situated close to the towns of Crewe, historic Nantwich, and local amenities.
Walk around the extensive gardens and become one with nature, sit for a while and listen to the birds and the sounds of the world around us.
Listen to the calming sound of running water as it flows down the stream along the side of the grounds. This is a place to spend time away from our busy lives to renew and revitalize from the challenges of life.
Our labyrinth serves as a wonderful meditation space. The walk to the centre can represent a letting go or ‘purging’ of things that interfere with our relationship with God.
In 2021 ‘The Grange’ will open and include a prayer space, a library, four bedrooms and self-catering kitchen. There will also be additional gardens and space to enjoy the spirituality of this environment. 2021 will also see the installation of a new lift in one wing of the main building. This will help increase the accessibility of the residential area
The outbuilding will be renovated will open as the new Francis Morrisey OMI building, this will include a multi-purpose conference room with Wi-Fi, an art room and tea and coffee making facilities, making it ideal for day groups.

Our Facilities

Rooms: Main Building

  • Conference room 1 with projector and screen. Streaming webcam available. Computer point & wifi. Also bluetooth soundbar 

  • Conference room 2 Streaming webcam available. Computer point and wifi

  • Chapel with seating

  • Foyer with Log burner for those winter nights

  • Dinning room with seating for 50

  • Library with around 1000+ books, available for you to use on your stay

  • Lounge with bar & seating area. Radio & Television with sky available

  • Coffee docks are available on all floors where you are welcome to make tea and coffee

  • Conservatory runs along the front of the house

Bedrooms: Main Building

  • Total number of Bedrooms 23
  • Single occupancy 23
  • Double bed rooms 2
  • Twin Rooms 13
  • Single Rooms 9
  • Maximum number of guests 39 (Including Double bed sharing)
  • Total number of en-suite rooms 22
  • Total number of downstairs rooms with  3
  • Bed linen and towels provided

There are plenty of public toilets on the ground floor & Wifi is available throughout the building.

The Retreat Centre is set in six acres of well kept gardens with pathways around the grounds with seating points.


Our dining room has seating for 50 guests, we serve home-cooked and locally sourced food and are able to cater for certain dietary requirements on request. For those special events our catering team can provide a celebration meal during your stay. Please let us know if you wish further details of this menu and associated costs. Fairtrade tea, coffee and other hot drinks are available in mini kitchenettes located on all the floors and you are welcome to use them. The Grange will have the capacity to welcome people on a self-catering basis as it will have a fully equipped dining and kitchen area. Our staff are friendly and welcoming and will make your stay a special one.


Prayer Spaces
There is a Chapel with seating for around 30 people. There are also prayer spaces available in the main building and in the Grange, here you can take the opportunity to take time out and meet with God.


Meeting Rooms
In our main building we have two conference rooms with Wi-Fi and a computer point. There is also a streaming webcam available. You are welcome to bring your laptop, iPad, or other electronic device.
In the Francis Morrisey OMI building, there will be a multi-purpose conference room to seat 50 people, with Wi-Fi and kitchenette – ideal for day groups.
Other rooms can be used for breakout groups as needed.


New Relaxation Spaces
The Francis Morrisey OMI building will contain an art space. This is an opportunity for people to express their creativity in a fun, gentle and relaxing way. The main building will have a hydro-therapy room, this will allow retreatants the opportunity to relieve stress and cleanse the body in a calm and soothing environment.


Other Facilities
We have a library with over 1000 books available for you to use during your stay. There is also a lounge area with a trust bar available and seating area if you should require. We also have a log burner in the main foyer for those winter nights.

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