A stately mansion built by Moses Hayden around 1823, Bethany House is located on the northern tip of the Abbey’s land about a mile and a half from the abbey. Surrounded by a spacious, shaded yard it is a solid cobblestone structure in the architectural style of Greek Revival. It is said that the stones were collected along nearby Salt Creek and were carefully graded for uniformity by passing them through a bettle ring.

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The Abbey acquired the property in the late nineteen fifties from the Gilmore family and used it for a priests’ retreat house for several years. Recently remodeled it is now a family guest house. When it is not in use by the families of the monks it is available for group retreats.


The house is comprised of two separate units that can be used by two separate groups or together for a single large group. The first unit, which includes the first and second floors, consists of a large fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, two spacious living rooms, one bedroom and bath, and a sun porch on the first floor. The second floor contains five bedrooms with 15 single beds and four bathrooms. There are sofa/pullout beds in each of the living rooms on the first floor providing beds for a total of 18 people.

The second unit, on the third floor, has a kitchen, one bedroom with two single beds, another bedroom/sitting room with two single beds, and a bath providing beds for 4 people. This unit is accessed through the first floor hallway of the first unit.

Both units combined provide beds for 22 people.


Basic food supplies are provided: canned goods, cereal, coffee, tea, dry pasta, etc. The only fresh food provided is milk and Monks’ bread. Bed linens and towels are provided. Retreatants need to provide their own toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

Retreatants at Bethany prepare their own meals and generally arrange their own schedule. They are free to participate in the conferences at the abbey on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and to join the monastic community for liturgy. Information booklets containing the schedule are available in the unit. Guests are asked to change their beds before departing.  The linen closet is in the hall on the second floor.

Making Arrangements

To check on the availability of dates or to make reservations, contact Mike Sauter, Retreat House Manager, at 585-243-2220 or at retreathousemanager@gmail.com

No pets please. In consideration of those coming after you suffering from allergies, no pets are allowed at any of our guest houses. No smoking in the house.