Welcome to the Quiet Places Brochure created and published by the Ministerial and Spiritual Development Office in the Hereford Diocese. The list below gives a guide of the quiet places within and on the outskirts of our Diocese that have agreed to be published by us and distributed locally and on our website. All information, including suggested donations and prices, were correct at the time of publication in this brochure and on the website.
Inclusion in a listing here does not mean we are responsible for the outside organisations/count as endorsement. May 2018
Tel: 01544 327058
Arboyne House is a rambly, ancient property in the village of Eardisley in gentle west Herefordshire. We moved here in part because we could see the wide possibilities for practising hospitality here. In particular, we would like to provide either simple or tailor-made breaks to those serving in Christian mission and ministry in the widest sense. From our own experience we know that people sometimes just need time out but in other cases might appreciate friendly company, a chance to share experience, low-key pastoral care and the opportunity for someone to pray with.Run by Mike and Sue Hawthorne.
Prices from £45 per person – contact for more information or look at their website.
Apples of Silver
Tel: 01432 273697 or 07587181070
A house of restoration for the soul, offering quiet days for reflection and prayer, interactive personalised group work, holidays with art and music, bed & breakfast.
Catering for groups up to 30, residential up to 10.
Tel: 01432 374715 or 07799 811 646
Fax: 01432 277597
Belmont Abbey is a community of monks, founded in 1859, following the Rule of St Benedict.
Tel: 01597 811 017
Full Board or Self-Catering Available.Part of a seventeenth-century farmhouse idyllically situated above the Upper Wye Valley in the Cambrian Mountains.
Small self-catering cottage available, from £245 a week.
One well-behaved pet welcome.
The Harnhill Centre for Christian Healing
Tel: 01285 850283
The Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing was established in 1986 as a Centre for Christian Healing Ministry.
We welcome those who would like to spend a few days in the beautiful Cotswolds surroundings either by booking onto one of our Healing or Rest & Refreshment Retreats. Or if rooms are available, to book in for a personal retreat.
For further information about booking and attending our Training Courses please contact the office or visit our website.
Tel: 01568 760 665
Good facilities - Chapel, Lounge, Dining Room.Beautiful walks and a big garden.
Donations as Appropriate for Day Visits
Would need to supply own food and refreshments.
Holland House (Worcester Diocesan Retreat Centre)
Tel: 01386 860330 Fax: 01386 861208
Holland House, Retreat, Conference, has been offering hospitality to a variety of groups and individuals for over 60 years.
Holland House offers a variety of meeting spaces in a 17th Century half-timbered thatched building with modern additions that include the conference room, drawing room, library and chapel.
Prices From £28 (day) - £83 (24hours) per person
House of Azar
Tel: 01544 230961 or 07962 064971
House of Azar exists to provide a variety of resources to Churches, Christian organisations and individuals.
Contact for Further Information
Tel: 01981 251 324
A peaceful well of refreshment for body and soul, somewhere to relax, restore and recover. Wendy & Roger Knight welcome individual Believers and church groups, also peace-seeking members of the wider community such as walkers, cyclists and nature lovers, to unwind and escape the world for a while. We're a family house offering double and twin on suite bedrooms with a facilities room for Alpha groups / church away days, located in an ancient, timber-framed converted water mill (listed in Domes day Book - lots of ancient beams and history) in a quiet rural setting that's easy to reach with private grounds to wander and to be at peace next to streams, trees and Nature. There's abundant car parking yet you may choose to ditch your car as Hereford/Hay (town of books) bus stop is 250 yards, 5 miles to Hereford Cathedral, train station 6 miles and there's even a place to hitch your horse!
Lindors Country House Hotel
Tel: 01594 530 283 Fax: 01594 530 559
Lindors is a charming 19th century property situated in the Welsh borders.
A limited number of day visitors may be accommodated in addition to resident delegates, subject to space
For more information on tariff contact directly.
Tel: 01874 622902
Llannerchwen (Beautiful Holy Glade), 3 miles north of Brecon, is in a secluded setting with panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. It is a place of great stillness and spirituality. It contains 8 single self-contained units, of which 3 are individual hermitages and one cabin is adapted to be more mobility-friendly (no stairs). All units are en-suite and have their own private entrances. Each kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering purposes. Coked lunch is available for most scheduled retreats. There is also a cabin for creative arts and a small chapel.
Llannerchwen welcomes individuals for prayer, solitude, spiritual accompaniment, IGRs, 19th annotation and 30 day Ignatian retreats in full or in parts (by arrangement).
A Christian centre for individuals or groups to develop their spirituality by means of day and residential retreats, conferences and study groups. A place for Christian Worship and Prayer, set in surroundings of peace, beauty and tranquillity near Llangorse Lake. 10 single rooms and 6 twin rooms, including 2 ground floor rooms. ( total 22 beds).
Check the website for more information and details of the House Programme and monthly Drop in Days.
In a stunning setting, in a tranquil valley tucked away at the southern edge of Monmouthshire, Wales, stands Llansôr Mill.
As well as for our events, if you'd like to spend some time in a quiet place for rest and relaxation, for silence and reflection, join us for a while in this special Welsh valley.
Individuals and couples, families and groups are welcome for weekend or longer self-catering stays.
Tel: 01299 513 211
The smallholding situated in the beautiful Shropshire Countryside offers you a large lounge-diner overlooking the grounds as well as a quiet snug and a garden prayer house.
There are also four bedrooms available for longer retreats.
There are many walks and places of outstanding beauty within easy reach and we offer vintage bicycles for your use.
Activities are also available including green woodwork, art, jewellery, felting and silk painting.
Suggested Donations: £25 per day; B&B £50 (extra donations towards craft supplies depend on the craft)
Monastery of St. Anthony & St. Cuthbert
Tel: 01588 650 571
Small Orthodox Christian Monastery in the southwest Shropshire hills, just under the Stiperstones.
Donations as appropriate
Monastery of St. Barnabas the Encourager
Tel: 01686 630 575
Small Ecumenical Christian Monastery on the Welsh border above the beautiful Severn Valley, set amongst woodland and meadow with a central chapel.
Donations as appropriate
Tel: 01743 891 636
New Place has been a Christian retreat house since 1992, where people have come to find spiritual direction, a place to pray, or rest. Our visitors come for time apart to deepen their spiritual lives or deal with life's choices. Guidance is available for those who want it.
Contact for further information.
Tel: 01885 410431
The P'east Wing of Maggie's cottage can be booked for self-catering holiday - short stay or long.
It is fully equipped with all you need including plenty of books on all subjects and lots to see and do or just take time to BE instead of rushing - There is no TV. Sleeps two in downstairs bedroom, three if you also use the upstairs sofa bed in living room.
Cost: donation- self-catering, suggested is £15 per night per person (If you want to donate more it goes to FOAG or St Mary's church Kyre) Call for further details or email if you don't mind a delayed response.
The Rectory Garden, Bridgnorth
Tel: 01746 761 573
There is a converted stable block within the garden which can accommodate small groups or individuals for quiet days or overnight. There are four rooms and bathroom, the largest of which can seat up to a dozen.Ideal for Local Ministry or PCC training days.
The Garden is open as part of the Quiet Garden Trust.
It is open monthly, and also by appointment.
Donations towards heat and light would be appreciated.
Tel: 01543 674 474
The Reflection Gardens illustrate connections between care for the environment and the Christian spiritual journey.
Please see web site for further information
Providing retreat space at 'The Fold', a self-contained lodge for comfortable fully resourced overnight stays (x2 nights min) on a small non-working farm in a glorious 10-acre countryside setting. A place for rest, silence, meditation, and quiet reflection. Available exclusively to an individual or couple sharing (double bed).
Overnight and one-day charges apply. 10% discount for clergy and those in training for ministry, and a limited number of bursaries are available throughout the year to enable those who would otherwise be unable to stay.
One-day retreats are available for small groups, which can be guided or unguided, with use of The Fold and other amenities at the farm.
Host, Tina Jefferies, is a published author and facilitator in the field of retreat, solitude, stress-management and meditation. By arrangement, she offers reflective guidance and led days, also leading online meditation groups and courses on behalf of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)
Sanctum Retreats affiliations: The Association for Promoting Retreats, The World Community for Christian Meditation, The Retreat Association.
For more information, please see our website, email or telephone us.
Tel: 01600 890376
Robin and Carole Moulton provide Christian retreat days at their home in the Wye Valley, in the beautiful parish church of St. Dubricius, Whitchurch, and at other venues locally in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
We believe that hospitality of the heart is an important element of the retreats, wherever they are held.
Refocus Days include times of teaching and creativity, as well as space for quiet reflection. Reflective Days are days of prayer and reflective space. Individual quiet days can also be arranged.
There are no fixed charges but donations would be appreciated.