Francis House in-house facilities and tranquil gardens

The physical environment allows space for reflection and thought, whether in our relaxing lounge, pool and snooker room, music room, chapel or library. Externally the seven acres of grounds with water gardens, rockeries, pathways, seated areas and woodland walks provide areas for personal recuperation. We believe that people find peace and restoration simply through being here.


The main building offers 18 single rooms and designated Smoke-Free with some bedrooms designated Non-Smoke Free. A few examples of these rooms are shown below.

Kitchen and Dining Room


We have an in-house kitchen and dining room offering three meals a day and can accommodate for a variety of dietary needs including special diets, for example, vegetarians and diabetes.





Around the Garden and Lakes



Water Gardens

Part of our landscaped gardens has ornamental lakes and in season the popular sport of course fishing is permitted in one of them. Fishermen are expected to supply and be responsible for their own fishing equipment. (Sea fishing is available locally and is chargeable).

Tennis court

An enclosed hard weather surface area with artificial lighting allows for both individual and team sports and games. Equipment for playing outdoor sport is available on loan from the general office.

Vegetable garden

A quarter acre serves as a kitchen garden. Tasting homegrown produce is an experience in itself especially when you can pick vegetables in the morning and eat them in the afternoon! Three greenhouses are used for the cultivation of plants for the house and grounds. If you are interested in horticulture there is plenty of opportunities to practice and develop your skills.
The gardens are designated Smoke-Free.

Facilities and alcohol programmes within Francis House




Discussion groups

Two weekly group therapy meetings to discuss and work through a wide range of issues around the topic of alcohol recovery and associated lifestyle changes. We also have a monthly meeting to discuss the community’s social calendar. We use these house meetings to encourage discussion and constructive communication.

Sport facilities

A wide range of gym equipment can be found in our gym with a variety of exercise machines including a full set of weights. A snooker room, a games room, gymnasium and two table tennis tables provide plenty of opportunity for exercise. One of our care staff is a qualified gym instructor who will be able to teach you techniques to help strengthen your body.

Therapy rooms

Containing a music and arts and craft room, library and chapel the therapy rooms have therapeutic activities such as arts and craft, mindfulness, reading and music groups. The music room has two pianos and a guitar. Art classes are held on a weekly basis with two care staff both qualified to bachelor honour degree level with a specialism in art and creative therapy.  Activities are voluntary and attendance is encouraged.


Countryside Walks

Allowing clients the opportunity of enjoying the benefits and relaxation of countryside walking every week in an area of natural beauty. UNESCO decided that North Devon is an environment that ranks with some of the best in the world, and recently designated a large part of the area as a World Biosphere Reserve.


Computer skills

There is a computer in our library with access to the internet. Computer classes are provided to residents once a week who want to feel more confident using the internet.


Educational support

We provide essential skills classes when appropriate and literacy classes may be available at the local college. Devon County library provides a monthly mobile library at Francis House.


College and distance learning

The local community college provides numerous courses to help develop skills, abilities and hobbies. Clients have enrolled for courses as varied as archaeology, art, car maintenance, literacy and self-development.


Internet access

A limited wireless internet access is often available during working hours for your own personal computer. Please note the wireless internet access is a benevolent service and there are no contractual obligations for Assisi Community Care to provide internet access. We will not be held liable for the content, legality or contamination that may occur to your computers whilst using Assisi Community Care’s internet access and access is subject to a fair use policy. The service will be stopped and charges can occur for excessive downloading.
If you require 24-hour internet access we suggest purchasing a mobile broadband dongle.


Peaceful and relaxing countryside


Nearby town

The historic market town of Barnstaple is a thriving community that has a large variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. Cultural provision is by way of a theatre, a library, a cinema, a leisure centre, a further education college and various places of worship. A public golf course is nearby.
Alcohol Anonymous meetings are held locally. Only a distance away is the stunning North Devon coastline with its picturesque harbours and golden beaches.


Courtesy minibus

Transport is available twice weekly and care staff are there to help residents go to the different shops they wish to visit. Hospital transport may be available for appointments and regular bus service runs from Swimbridge village.