Existing Building Fabric

The main house was planned in an H-shape with a central core, dating from the late 18th century, flanked at the ends by two protruding wings. These two wings are older than the central building as is evidenced by their vaulted rooms and their Medieval fireplaces.

Documents and archives show that an Abbey, affiliated to the Order of Cîteaux, was built here in 1201. No longer in existence, all that remains are a small room and the superb gallery of its former cloister, listed as a French Historic Monument.

This large, 2-storey residence has a sober, balanced architecture, its facades featuring regularly spaced openings. The building has numerous doors leading outside, a large stairway and three back stairways that go up to the first floor.

The fabric of the building is in a good state of repair and it’s roof was recently fully restored.

The Masterplan will be designed to position new buildings around a village green, intended to engender a sense of community amongst guests.

The village green will form the fulcrum or the beating heart of the community. It will have the community’s key building: the Conference Centre located on its northern side and will be left open on its southern side to allow light in and generate inspiring views onto the lake and picturesque landscapes to the south.


The plan for the development of Bonnevaux to its full potential will proceed by phases for each of which funding is needed.
Phases of Renovation and New Construction:


PHASE ONE (COST: € 2.5 MILLION) - initial renovation

  • Initial renovation work on the main house and guesthouse

PHASE TWO (COST: € 2.5 MILLION) - for continued renovation

  • Completion of main house, for community and guests
  • Completion of guesthouse
  • Renovation of the Barn as conference and meditation space

PHASE THREE (COST: € 1.5 MILLION) - for additional renovation

  • Contemplative cells
  • Gardens and woods

rosaDIEGO M ROSA (Abbot General of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation)
Dear Dom Laurence,
As you know your monastic brethren and I have always supported your contemplative mission in the World Community for Christian Meditation. I can see the influence of the Spirit in the way it has grown and as you bring the contemplative dimension not only to the Church but to people of all ages and in all walks of life. It is a special way of living your monastic vocation but a very valid one.

I am now delighted to learn of the Bonnevaux project. Its ancient monastic roots and spirit of tranquillity make it an ideal place for stabilising the centre of the World Community. It has a very great potential. It is inspiring and I pray new forms of our life may flourish there.
It will be in my prayer and I certainly encourage all who can to support it.
I look forward to coming there myself one day and praying with you there in such a beautiful and sacred space.
Sincerely in the Lord and St Benedict.

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If you have any questions about how to support Bonnevaux please do not hesitate to contact us.

Briji Waterfield, Director of Special Projects
WCCM International Office, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7278 2070