Quiet Places Brochure

Welcome to the Quiet Places Brochure created and published by the Ministerial and Spiritual Development Office in the Hereford Diocese.

The map below gives a guide (not exact) some, not all, 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 website.
Inclusion in a listing here does not mean we are responsible for the outside organisations/count as endorsement.     May 2018

Map showing Quiet Places
Map showing quiet places

(1) Arboyne House
(2) Apples of Silver
(3) Belmont Abbey
(4) Dyffryn Farm
(5) The Harnhill Centre for Christian Healing           not shown on map
(6) Hennor House
(7) Holland House (Worcester Diocesan Retreat Centre)         not shown on map
(8) House of Azar
(9) Knight's Retreat
(10) Lindors Country House Hotel
(11) Llannerchwen           not shown on map
(12) Llangasty Retreat House
(13) Llansôr Mill               not shown on map
(14) Little Detton
(15) Monastery of St. Anthony & St. Cuthbert
(16) Monastery of St. Barnabas the Encourager
(17) New Place
(18) P'east wing
(19) The Rectory Garden, Bridgnorth
(20) Reflection Gardens         not shown on map
(21) Sanctum Retreats
(22) Travelling Light

A-Z by Accommodation Name

(1) Arboyne House
Church Road, Eardisley, Herefordshire, HR3 6NH
01544 327058
Email: arboyneenquiries@gmail.com

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.

(2) Apples of Silver
2 River Meadows, Hampton Park Road, Hereford HR1 1TB
Home: 01432 273697
Mobile: 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.
For current prices contact Val and Mark. 

(3) Belmont Abbey
The Retreats Office, Belmont Abbey, Hereford HR2 9RZ
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.
Every year the Community welcomes a variety of groups and individuals to the Abbey for residential retreats and days of recollection.
A series of organised retreats are run through the year, on a variety of themes but individuals and groups are also welcome to use the abbey facilities.See website for prices: www.belmontabbey.org.uk

(4) Dyffryn Farm
Richard & Gaynor Tyler, Llanwrthwl, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6NU
Tel: 01597 811 017
Email: stay@dyffrynfarm.co.uk  Website: www.dyffrynfarm.co.uk

Full Board or Self-Catering Available.Part of a seventeenth century farmhouse idyllically situated above the Upper Wye Valley in the Cambrian Mountains.
Warm hospitality, spiritual direction, a sounding board, space to be, to pray, to reflect.

Small self-catering cottage available, from £245 a week.
Shorter period available by arrangement.

One well-behaved pet welcome.

(5) The Harnhill Centre for Christian Healing
Harnhill Manor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5PX
Tel: 01285 850283
Email: info@harnhillcentre.org.uk Website: www.harnhillcentre.org.uk

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 web-site.   Not shown on map

(6) Hennor House
Sally Hall, Hennor House, Leominster HR6 0QR
Tel: 01568 760 665
Email: S520hall@btinternet.com

Good facilities - Chapel, Lounge, Dining Room.Beautiful walks and a big garden.

Donations as Appropriate for Day Visits
Flat Suggests: £195 per week, £125 weekend

Would need to supply own food and refreshments.

(7) Holland House (Worcester Diocesan Retreat Centre)
Main Street, Cropthorne, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 3NB
Tel: 01386 860330  Fax: 01386 861208
email: enquiries@hollandhouse.orgWebsite: www.hollandhouse.org

Holland House, Retreat, Conference, has been offering hospitality to a variety of groups and individuals for over 60 years.
Set in beautiful gardens on the edge of the River Avon, the black and white timbered Tudor buildings offer a 'safe space' where you are encouraged to feel at home.

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              Not shown on map

(8) House of Azar
Revd Duncan & Lesley MacLean, 3 Shawl Cottages, Titley, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3RL
Tel: 01544 230961 Mobile: 07962 064971
Email: rev.duncanmac@gmail.comWebsite: www.houseofazar.co.uk

House of Azar exists to provide a variety of resources to Churches, Christian organisations and individuals.
At its heart is a willingness to be available firstly to God and then to others to build up, comfort and refresh the people of God.
Available are short breaks, study breaks, individual retreats, soul friendship, pastoral care and a variety of quiet days and prayer and teaching days.

Contact for Further Information

(9) Knight's Retreat
New Mill, Eaton Bishop Herefordshire HR2 9QS
Tel 01981 251 324
Email: bookings@knights-retreat.co.uk    Website: kwww.knights-retreat.co.uk

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!
Please contact us to discuss rates which depend on requirements
and length of stay.

(10) Lindors Country House Hotel
The Fence, St. Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 6RB
Tel: 01594 530 283 Fax: 01594 530 559
Email: lindors@christianguild.co.uk     Online Booking can be made via www.booking.com

Lindors is a charming 19th century property situated in the Welsh borders.
Accommodation is available for 48 people in Lindors Country House and 22 people in the 5 self-contained pine lodges in the grounds. There are 3 conference rooms and the leisure facilities include a 15 metre (48ft) heated indoor swimming pool.

A limited number of day visitors may be accommodated in addition to resident delegates, subject to space

For more information on tariff contact directly. 

(11) Llannerchwen
Llandefaelog Fach, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9PP
Tel: 01874 622902
Email: retreats@llannerchwen.org.uk   Website: www.llannerchwen.org.uk

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).        Not shown on map

Llannerchwen Suggested Offerings 2018

Self-Catering Solitude Retreat £30.00/night
Individually Guided Retreats with daily spiritual direction
8-day IGR self-catering £430
8-day IGR with cooked lunch £495
Spiritual Exercises in Parts with daily spiritual direction
Self Catering (per part) £535
With cooked lunch (per part) £600
Spiritual Exercises - full 30 days with daily spiritual direction
(by special arrangement only - not available in 2018)
(Only) Self Catering £1,500

(12) Llangasty Retreat House
Llangasty, Brecon, Powys LD3 7PX
Tel: 01874 658 250
Email: enquiries@llangasty.com      Website: www.llangasty.com

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). www.llangasty.com for more information and details of the House Programme and monthly Drop in Days.

Contact Llangasty Direct for more information on tariff and courses.

(13) Llansôr Mill
Tre-Herbert Road, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1LS
Tel: 01633 450 638
Website: www.llansor.org

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.      Not shown on map

(14) Little Detton
James and Sue Barrett, Little Detton, Neen Savage, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 8LW
Tel: 01299 513 211
Email: revsue55@yahoo.co.uk    Website: www.littledetton.co.uk

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)

(15) Monastery of St. Anthony & St. Cuthbert
Priestmonk Silouan, Gatten, Pontesbury, Shropshire SY5 0SJ
Tel: 01588 650 571

Small Orthodox Christian Monastery in the south-west Shropshire hills, just under the Stiperstones.
Set in 20 acres of woodland and meadow with central church and refectory.
Guests huts available for quiet days or retreats

Donations as appropriate

(16) Monastery of St. Barnabas the Encourager
Father Bryan, Lower Brynmawr, Kerry, Newtown, Powys SY16 4NQ
Tel: 01686 630 575
Email: barnabasmonastery@googlemail.com

Small Ecumenical Christian Monastery on the Welsh border above the beautiful Severn Valley, set amongst woodland and meadow with a central chapel.
One guest room, sleeps three, with en-suite, sitting room and kitchenette.
One guest room, sleeps two, with en-suit and sitting room plus a self-catering kitchen and one guest cell (hut)

Donations as appropriate

(17) New Place
Revd Charles & Sylvia Ruxton, New Place, Rowley, Westbury, Shropshire SY5 9RY
Tel: 01743 891 636

Email: c.ruxton@btinternet.com

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.
Suitable for individuals or small groups up to 4. Simple cottage accommodation set in the Shropshire hills. Available for a quiet day, a few days or a week (Self-catering).
Quiet room and spiritual accompaniment available

Contact for further information.

(18) P'east wing
Maggie Kingston, The Retreat, Bank Street, Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells WR15 8RY
Tel: 01885 410431
Email: mdk46@phonecoop.coop

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 comfort, four if you use the futon sofa-bed

Cost: donational- self catering, suggested is £10 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.

(19) The Rectory Garden, Bridgnorth
Revd Sarah Cawdell, The Rectory, 16 East Castle Street, Bridgnorth WV16 4AL

Tel: 01746 761 573
Email: sarah.h.l.cawdell@btinternet.com   Website: www.shellgarden.weebly.com

Rectory Garden, Bridgnorth

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.

(20) Reflection Gardens
Revd Christine and Mr John Polhill, Little Hayes, Beaudesert Park, Cannock Wood, Rugeley WS15 4JJ
Tel: 01543 674 474
Email: polhill@reflectiongardens.org.uk   Website: www.reflectiongardens.org.uk

The Reflection Gardens illustrate connections between care for the environment and the Christian spiritual journey.
We welcome visitors between February and October at any time by arrangement.
There are facilities for individuals to make retreats in a self-catering unit, and meeting rooms on site, or nearby, for groups.

Please see web site for further information        Not shown on map

(21) Sanctum Retreats
Woodcote, Glewstone, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6AW
Tel: 01989 770 348
Email: sanctumretreats@gmail.com     Website: www.sanctumretreats.org

A place for guided/un-guided retreats and spiritual direction, in a well resourced home and garden: space for silence, rest, meditation, refreshment and prayer. We welcome small working teams, leadership and ministry groups, individuals and couples, who seek space and/or support in maintaining balance and well-being.

Spaces available include: a reading room with a wide range of books, including poetry, spirituality, Christian theology and prayer; garden rooms, and a 4-acre meadow with orchard a short distance from the house.

We offer overnight accommodation for up to three nights for one individual or a couple on a bed and breakfast basis.

Please see our website for more information.

We are affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement and members of the Retreat Association.

(22) Travelling Light
Robin and Carole Moulton, 3 Westview, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6DB
Tel: 01600 890376
Email: travellinglight@supanet.com   Website: www.travelling-light.org.uk

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.
Bookings are essential. Please contact us if you have any queries or to discuss your requirements.
Please see website or contact us directly for further information