• A Retreat & Conference Center

  • 318 West Main Street
    Chester, CT 06412

  • Phone (860) 322-5770
    Fax (860) 322-5744

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What are guest rooms like, and what amenities are offered?

    Guest House was built as a country inn, and offers beautiful and comfortable accommodations while maintaining the serene atmosphere of a retreat center.

    Most of our spacious bedrooms have one queen and one twin bed. Each guest bedroom has its own full bathroom. A few bedrooms are furnished with one king or queen size bed. Every room has both heating and air conditioning.

    In your bedroom you will find a comfortable bed, ready-made for you on arrival, a set of towels, a clock, soap, and a glass. Extra blankets and pillows are available in each closet.

    Hair dryers and irons are available upon request at the front desk. There are no televisions or telephones in guest bedrooms.

    Guest House is a smoke-free facility. We have two outdoor smoking areas with receptacles for cigarettes.

    We have a small store where you may purchase a number of toiletry items, bottled water, chocolate, batteries, books, and sundries. Guest House accepts cash or checks in the store.

    What are the grounds like? What activities are available?

    Guest House is situated on 17 wooded acres. Our tree-shaded, three-tiered deck overlooks a pond, for dining or relaxing. Our woods are adjacent to a 17,000 acre State Forest offering unlimited hiking. Cedar Lake, a beautiful lake with public beach, is less than 2 miles from Guest House, and ½ mile beyond, the Cockaponset State Park has another lovely lake with picnic areas and hiking. We are a 20-minute drive from salt water swimming on the Long Island Sound. If you bring your bicycle, or rent one in town, the area’s paved roads offer miles of lightly trafficked, scenic biking. Keep in mind that this is tick country; use of insect repellant while engaging in outdoor activities is advised. Bicycles, kayaks, and ski equipment are available for rental locally.

  • What attractions are there in the local area?

    The nearby town of Chester is a charming New England town featuring several fine restaurants, a cafe, art galleries, and boutiques. In addition to lakes, there is salt-water swimming and miles of hiking trails. Chester is near the town of Mystic with its world-famous aquarium and world-class boutique shopping. Gillette Castle, an early 20th-century mansion built in the style of a medieval castle, is a popular local attraction. The 10-minute car-ferry ride across the Connecticut river is an enjoyable way to see some of the local scenery and travel to Gillette Castle (May – November). Click here for more information about the Chester area, local events and merchants.

    What should I bring?

    You should bring toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrush and paste, and shaving items. If you plan to enjoy the outdoors, sunscreen, insect repellant, sturdy shoes, and a hat are advisable. Remember to bring a swimsuit and beach towels if you think you may visit Cedar Lake or the Long Island Sound.

    What are meals like and how are they served?

    Prior to your retreat, you will receive a food preference form on which you may indicate your choice of entrees (all entrees, vegetarian, or vegan) and any dietary restrictions.

    Meals are served buffet style. Guest House prides itself on the quality and creativity of our menu. Please click here for more information about our food service.

    Tea, coffee, and healthy snacks are available all day in the dining room.

    I have special dietary needs. Can you accommodate them?

    Yes, once Guest House is informed by means of the meal form (which will be sent along with your registration information), the kitchen will make every effort to meet your needs and preferences.

    A refrigerator is available for guest use 24 hours a day if you need to bring medicines or supplies. A microwave also is available.

    Does Guest House have wireless internet access?

    Yes, you will have free high-speed wireless internet access throughout the building.

    Is it possible to stay extra nights before or after a retreat?

    Yes, under most circumstances this is possible, depending upon availability. Contact us for more information about our rates. If Guest House is serving meals for another retreat group during your stay, you are welcome to dine for a small surcharge.

  • How can I travel from the train station/airport to Guest House?

    The Old Saybrook train station, 20 minutes from Guest House, is served by Metro North from Grand Central terminal in New York to New Haven, and on to Old Saybrook via the Shore Line East line. Old Saybrook also is served by Amtrak from Boston and New York. (Travel from New York is much less expensive via Metro North.) Taxi and private car services are available from the train station to Guest House, but you must make arrangements in advance. For service from the Old Saybrook train station, we recommend calling Car-Mac at least one hour in advance: 860-388-2842.

    Bradley international airport in Hartford, CT, 50 minutes by car, is the airport most convenient to Guest House. Private car service or limousine service to and from Guest House can be arranged; please contact us for more information.

    For details or other arrangements, please contact us.

    What kind of seating is available in the meeting rooms?

    Guest House provides conference chair seating. We also offer sets of meditation cushions. If you wish, you may bring your own backjack. For some smaller retreats, livingroom-style furniture may be available.

  • What accommodations are available for individuals with disabilities?

    Guest House is wheelchair accessible, and the dining room and some meeting rooms are located on the first floor. We have elevator service to all residential floors. We also have several bedrooms with wheelchair-accessible toilets and safety handles in the bathtub. We can offer a wheelchair, a walker, or a motorized scooter for your convenience.

    Can I bring my pet?

    In accordance with regulations pertaining to the Guest House kitchen, pets are not permitted at Guest House.

    What is included in the commuter rate?

    Commuters attend the full retreat, including all meals, but are not provided overnight accommodations. Contact us for more information.