Nicholaston House is a Christian Retreat and Conference Centre set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The primary purpose of the house is to provide a peaceful location where people can receive ministry and find healing and restoration.
Various relevant faith-building courses are also offered in a sympathetic and relaxed environment.
Groups frequently stay at the house using the excellent conference facilities. Individuals too are welcome when courses and retreats are scheduled and accommodation is often available for those who may need to get away for a short break. During the quieter weeks of the year we also often offer bargain breaks.
The ideal place for groups to spend time together. Many rooms available.
We have a purpose-built arts studio, perfect for workshops or practical courses.
Take in views of Oxwich Bay while having refreshments or holding small meetings.
Nicholaston House has once again been awarded a level 5 food hygiene rating following an unannounced inspection by Swansea Council food safety officers.
Food hygiene ratings range from 5 (very good) down to Ø (urgent improvements necessary), and all food businesses have a legal duty to display their rating in a prominent place.
Speaking in response to the level 5 food hygiene rating recently awarded by local authority officials, Owen Marvelly, Manager at Nicholaston House, said: "Our catering team here at Nicholaston House are extremely professional and dedicated to providing a service that responds to the various dietary needs of our guests. The attainment of a 'very good' food hygiene inspection not only reflects the commitment of our team of chefs and kitchen support staff to ensure food is prepared to the highest possible standards, but also demonstrates the commitment of all staff for ensuring a safe and hygienic food preparation environment is consistently maintained."
Nicholaston House was opened in 1998 by Swansea City Mission and welcomes hundreds of people through its doors each month, including those attending retreats, conferences and residential courses.
Mr Marvelly added: "To again be awarded a level 5 rating by food safety inspectors gives assurance to our guests that Nicholaston House is a venue offering a high standard catering service.
"In the coming months Nicholaston House will be welcoming many guests, including a variety of groups for traditional Christmas lunches, income from which helps sustain the charity's work throughout the year."
Nicholaston House is currently hosting a residential course aimed at people wishing to overcome a variety of eating disorders. The days consist of interactive teaching sessions, creative tools, therapeutic horse time, the chance to talk and pray with team members and short evening reflections. Led by writer and international speaker, Helena Wilkinson who is based at Nicholaston House, overcoming eating disorder courses are open to men and women who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive eating who desire to work on recovery.
Speaking about the importance of Nicholaston House being able to provide a professional and responsive catering service for those attending eating disorder courses, Helena Wilkinson said: "To hear people with eating disorders say that the food is really good at Nicholaston House speaks for itself. As course leader, seeing the high standard of cooking and presentation is a significant part of helping sufferers take steps towards recovery."
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in Wales is operated in accordance with the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act — Nicholaston House was awarded a level 5 (very good) rating on 29 July 2Ø15.
Pictured proudly showing off the newly-awarded level 5 food hygiene rating certificate are Nicholaston House team members: Anita Molnar, Lewis Marvelly and Pam Lloyd.
To find out more about Nicholaston House, please visit: www.nicholastonhouse.org
To find out more about the work of Helena Wilkinson, please visit: www.helenawilkinson.co.uk
For more information about Food Hygiene Ratings in Wales, please visit: http://ratings.food.gov.uk/business/en-GB/100982/The-Swansea-City-Mission-Penmaen
Nicholaston House is opening its doors for an open gardens and charity strawberry tea fund-raising event at 2pm on Saturday, 25 July 2015.
Local residents and other visitors are being invited to explore the ‘Quiet Gardens’ of Nicholaston House, which will be followed by a complimentary strawberry tea - freshly prepared by the in-house catering team.
The event is free to attend, but the event organiser is asking visitors to make voluntary donations in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care and Macmillan Cancer Support, from which local representatives are attending the event.
Part of Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust, Nicholaston House on Gower is used to facilitate different groups for residential courses, conferences, retreats and away days.
Speaking ahead of the event, Owen Marvelly, Manager at Nicholaston House said: “We were recently approached by Cruse Bereavement Care, based in Swansea, who were looking for somewhere to hold a Care Fun Day.
“We feel extremely blessed to be based in one of the most tranquil and picturesque parts of Swansea, overlooking the spectacular Oxwich Bay. It is an absolute delight that we are able to offer Nicholaston House as a venue for other local organisations, such as Cruse Bereavement Care, to hold their special events.
Nicholaston House was opened in 1998 by Swansea City Mission and welcomes hundreds of people through its doors each month, including those attending residential courses, retreats, conferences and Away Days. On occasions, when there are no courses running or conferences booked, Nicholaston House is able to offer short breaks ranging from room only to full board – this additional income from which helps support the work of the Swansea-based Christian charity.
Mr Marvelly said: “We felt it was really important for people within our own local community to see for themselves some of the work we do at Nicholaston House, and for them to experience our very own ‘Quiet Garden’ and have a tour of the House. This special event is an opportunity for people to find out about what we do at Nicholaston House, and to also help raise some money for two very worthy causes.”
Sue Richards, from Cruse Bereavement Care said: “We are facilitating a fun day for bereaved families in August at Nicholaston House. Working in partnership with City and County of Swansea and Harry’s Fund, this day will give families the opportunity to share in fun activities, when they could be experiencing a difficult time in their lives.
“For a few short hours they are being given the space to re-invest in life, for parents and children to come together and learn about each other in a play environment. All monies raised at the afternoon tea on the 25th July will go towards this special day, providing much needed resources which can be utilised at other events for bereaved families in the future.”
Mr Marvelly said: “The weather forecast for Saturday is currently fine and dry. In the event of rain, the show will go on inside Nicholaston House where views of the ‘Quiet Garden’ and Oxwich Bay can be appreciated from the conservatory and conference rooms, over a fresh cream strawberry scone or two!”
Gift Vouchers are now available from Nicholaston House.
Gift vouchers valued at £10, £20 and £30. Christmas, birthday,anniversary gifts or just to bless your friends.
The materials that built this Thin Place. Chapel materials.
Swansea, SA3 2HL, UK
Tel: (01792) 371 317