Shared lives at Buncton Manor

Before Common Life, there was Buncton Manor Farm — first a farm, then a Bed & Breakfast, now a shared house open to a wide range of people.

Situated on the Wiston Estate, Buncton’s long history is evidenced in its 16th century facade and the ancient chapel in a field just behind.

These days, it’s a small, caring and intentional group of people living together and sharing a common goal of interdependent wellness. Two permanent hosts live on site, with an additional community of daytime volunteers. Those who join the house have found themselves in need somehow, from struggles with mental health to broken relationships.

Day-to-day, Buncton residents share hospitality (cooking, cleaning, etc.), work roles (with opportunities at Rock Farm, Common Life and elsewhere), and reflection together, with open times of prayer and meditation.

The community is open to a wide range of people, though not those needing high levels of professional support. We roast coffee just across the pond from Buncton as part of the hive of activity. Anyone interested can email

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