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 am to late afternoon. Quarterly Eucharist 11 am on 5th Sunday of the month. Ferrar House retreat centre is open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm from February to November.
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 and facilities for day groups up to 30 people. A small flat with double bedroom is available for overnight accommodation.
Disabled Access. Fully accessible toilet.
Tel: 01832 293383