“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, who said

 ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’.”

               {Rule of Benedict, Chapter 53}

After a period of closure due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 

our guest accommodations are reopening with safety precautions in place.

In this limited capacity, we invite those (who have not tested positive for COVID-19 &/or are non-symptomatic) wishing to make a personal retreat or have a quiet place for study and writing - looking for a quiet, beautiful and reflective environment to plan a stay on our convent grounds.  The guest spaces offer visitors a cheerful and restful atmosphere and a space for solitude, prayer, and reflection.  

  • At this time, guests are not allowed into the chapel for worship services nor into the main convent/cloister for interaction with the sisters.

  • Guests should be prepared to have their temperature tested upon arrival.

  • Guests should be prepared to wear cloth face coverings (in accordance with Sewanee ordinance) over their nose and mouth when in public or inside buildings other than private residences.

  • At this time, visitors to Sewanee are not allowed on the University campus - per the Vice Chancellor/Mayor - though they are free to visit & support local vendors.

In case of emergency, family and friends may call the convent (931-598-0046). Our address is 1100 St. Mary’s Lane, Sewanee, TN 37375.


A small, self-contained cottage to the left of our chapel.  It has one bedroom with two single beds, a small kitchenette and dining area, a sitting room, full bathroom, outside porch, wood-burning stove, a small collection of books, a CD player and small collection of CDs, and air-conditioner.  There is no cell phone or internet connection in or around it, though cell phones can be used in a different area on the property.  The suggested donation per night is $125 per person/night or $175 for a couple. Minimum stay of 2 nights.


The bottom floor of the convent, containing three individual bedrooms with a shared sitting room and bathroom, a small kitchenette, a refrigerator, an outdoor sitting area, a separate entrance, television (for playing DVDs only), CD player, air-conditioning, and Wi-fi internet access. Cell phones will not work in this area, but cell phone reception is possible on the property. Two bedrooms have a single bed, the third bedroom has two single beds. The suggested donation is $75 dollars per night for each person or $300 per night to reserve the entire downstairs floor (all three bedrooms). Maximum capacity of 4 people. Minimum stay of 2 nights.

We require a deposit of 50% of the total amount, non-refundable. No pets allowed. There is no hard alcohol allowed on the premises (wine and beer acceptable). Scholarships may be available for those who need financial assistance.

The 7% Franklin County Tennessee hotel tax will be added on to your total amount in accordance with county regulation for guests not staying for spiritual retreat purposes.

Interested in staying with us?


(931) 598-0046

1100 St. Mary's Lane

Sewanee, TN 37375


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