St. John the Baptist and Ferrar House, Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire
St John’s Little Gidding is set in lovely countryside next to Ferrar House. In a peaceful setting near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Ferrar House offers secluded hospitality (including accommodation) for individuals and groups, for part of a day or longer, as well as offering facilities for visitors to the Church. It offers a small and intimate space where peace and silent reflection are possible.
The House is adjacent to the original site where Nicholas Ferrar and his extended household came from London in 1625 and next to the church, which the Ferrars restored to daily use. Other contemporary historical figures associated with Little Gidding include King Charles 1 and the poet George Herbert. Little Gidding is also famous for the visit, in 1936, of the poet T. S. Eliot, who published "Little Gidding" as the conclusion of his "Four Quartets" in 1942.
Standard opening times: Church open from 10 a.m. to late afternoon. Quarterly evensong on Fifth Sundays at 6 p.m. in summer, 3 p.m. in winter – but check the Ferrar House website in case of variations. Morning prayers are said from Wednesday to Sunday at 8 a.m. on opening the church. Evening prayer is said from Wednesday to Sunday at 5 p.m. after which the church is closed. The Franciscan Daily Offices are used.
Ferrar House is normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays and also closes to visitors during December (after the celebration of Nicholas Ferrar) and January. Except by prior arrangement its facilities are available from 10 am to 4 pm from February until the beginning of December.
Ferrar House Retreat Centre, Little Gidding, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 5RJ, United Kingdom
Grid reference: TL 12661 81677
By public transport: From North, West, East, train to Peterborough.
The bus from Peterborough to Sawtry (46) can be found at
From London and South, train to Huntingdon from Kings Cross, twice an hour. 10 mins walk to bus station, not well signposted. Go out of station to road, turn right, look for footpath on right; if you miss it walk on to ring road and turn right and follow to bus station on left.
The bus from Huntingdon to Sawtry (46A) can be found at
Taxis can be booked from Sawtry to Little Gidding - cost about £25-£30 but you may have to give directions, as below.
By car: From Peterborough and North, leave A1 at Norman Cross, junction 16, following signs first to Stilton, then to Glatton. Turn left to Glatton, Ramsey and Giddings, over bridge, through Glatton on B660 to Fox & Hounds at entry to Gt. Gidding. Turn left at pub, Little Gidding is second turn on right, (1.5 miles) and Ferrar House is at the bottom of the road, just past car park, on left.
From South, follow A1 past A14 junction to first turning to Sawtry. Go through Sawtry village. Turn left after parade of shops set back on left (T junction) on to Gidding Road. (Care – this road is uneven.) Take first right at top of hill to The Giddings. Little Gidding is second turning left.
From Cambridge, A14 to Huntingdon, then follow A1 North and turn left to Sawtry and follow directions above.
From Birmingham and West, Take A14 to junction 16 with B660 where you turn left. Turn right at T junction to Old Weston and Winwick and follow through to Gt. Gidding; drive up main street and turn right at Fox and Hounds and follow instructions from Peterborough and North
By bike: ask Ferrar House for routes.
Walking: 3-4 mile hike from Sawtry Green along Gidding Road. Footpath to right (signed) at top of hill (1½ miles out of Sawtry) 100 yards after left bend cuts off a chunk.
The House has toilets, garden, refreshments, also facilities for groups (non-residential up to 30; residential up to c.15/16 if willing to share). Residential stays currently self-catering but see website for details.
Disabled Access - The House has reasonable access for the main areas but not available for residential stays. Fully accessible toilet.
Tel: 01832 293383