Set on the gorgeous Stonyhurst Estate, in the picturesque Ribble Valley, Theodore House is a Grade II listed building previously known as the Old Mill. Dating to the 1840s, the site was a corn mill built by the Jesuit school that relocated to Stonyhurst Hall from St Omer, in Europe in 1794. The mill was run by the school community as part of the operation to sustain itself. Comprising of a three-storey block with parallel pitched roofs, the mill was powered by water from the two canal ponds that still grace the College’s main driveway.
The site was carefully renovated by The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst – a Catholic educational charity – as a study, retreat and conference venue, winning the 2019 regional Building Excellence award from LABC.
Theodore House is operated commercially by a subsidiary of The CHC as an idyllic location for both peaceful B&B accommodation, as well as with flexible, ultramodern facilities for conferences, events, launches, seminars and business meetings. With our unique offering we hope to be able to offer you a memorable experience at Theodore House, whether it be for a personal stay, a retreat or for a business event.
The Stonyhurst Estate is set in the heart of the Ribble Valley, which in turn is officially at the centre of the United Kingdom. Theodore House is located near the confluence of the Rivers Hodder and Ribble, and a gateway to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Forest of Bowland.
The Ribble Valley has something for everyone: heritage for the history-lovers; stunning trails and treks for walkers and cyclists; a range of gastronomic experiences, be it for the more discerning food-enthusiasts or simply to fill an empty stomach; idyllic villages and numerous cultural events.
Address: Theodore House, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9PZ
By car: Theodore House is accessible from the M6 motorway (approx. 25 minutes from J31) taking the A59, and from the M65 motorway (approx. 25 minutes from J7) taking the A6185.
By public transport: The closest train station to Theodore House is Clitheroe. Theodore House is also served by the 995 and 5 buses which run limited services from the centre of Clitheroe to Hurst Green (approx. 25 minutes). Local taxi services are readily available.
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