Nicholaston House Christian Retreat Centre - God's House on Gower

Welcome to Nicholaston House, Christian Retreat and Conference Centre

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Nicholaston House is Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust’s main charitable operation, having purchased the House in 1998 thereby establishing a Christian Retreat and Conference Centre overlooking Oxwich Bay. The focus of Nicholaston House is to be a centre for healing and restoration channelled through various retreats and courses, and to facilitate Christian groups for conferences and away days.

Our current vision, purpose, commitment, values and basis of faiih were affirmed and adopted by Trustees on 17 May 2021 - Organisational Structure of Nicholaston House

Nicholaston House accommodation (13 en-suite bedrooms offering capacity for around 27 people on a shared basis) comprises mainly twin, with some single, double and family-size bedrooms, all with en-suite provision, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. Bedrooms are situated on the first floor and accessed by stairs or lift. One room has been adapted to meet some of the needs of people with disabilities. Guaranteed single occupancy supplement charges apply to non-single rooms (included in the rate for some retreats and courses). Linen is provided in all bedrooms.

Themed Retreats (full board): We run a number of led themed retreats during the year - dates and availability can be found on our event website:

Prayer Ministry Retreats (full board): During these retreats, prayer is provided by a dedicated team who have all received training in prayer ministry. Prayer ministry spaces are limited, so it is wise to make an early application. There is also space for personal retreat on a full- or half-board basis. Dates and availability can be found on our event website:

Personal Retreats (half board): These times are set aside for people to come and enjoy time-out where, although there is no structured programme, there are opportunities to join with staff and other guests for daily devotional times. Personal retreats may be booked during specific weeks, or where availability permits during other events. Dates and availability can be found on our event website:

Painting Breaks (full board): Come to improve your painting skills, learn new techniques and enjoy the friendship of like-minded people in a stunning location. The course may include the use of mixed-media, collage, mark making with brushes, palette knives and also painting without brushes. Painting demonstrations will be given and each person given individual attention and encouragement, whether you are a seasoned artist or trying a new skill. Dates and availability can be found on our event website:

Quiet Days (day retreat): These have been running for several years and offer opportunities for people to step away from the busyness of their daily lives and enjoy a mini retreat. The day is spent for the most part in silent reflection with some times of thoughtful input from those leading the day. There is generally an overall theme for the year with thoughts on various aspects of the theme reflected on. Come and experience the peace and beauty of the delightful surroundings at Nicholaston House. Please bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee and afternoon cake will be provided. Dates and availability can be found on our event website:

Special Events: Nicholaston House organises a number of special events, including: open days, quiet garden events, fund-raising events and more...details can be found on our Facebook page!

Quiet Garden and Chapel: On selected days/dates Nicholaston House is open for times to rest and refresh in the Quiet Garden and House. Visitors are welcome to explore the Quiet Garden and follow the guided prayer walk, or just ’sit and be’ in the garden, lounge or conservatory with a cuppa and piece of cake! The chapel is open for times of quietness, contemplation and prayer. Contact us to check availability and arrange a visit.

Groups and Conferences: Nicholaston House is an ideal place for church and Christian groups to spend time together.  Contact us for availability. General information can be found here: Group and Conference Bookings at Nicholaston House

Self-Catering Retreats: Are you weary and in need of a break from giving out or in need of space ‘just to be’? Then why not make the most of the Bryn Room at Nicholaston House - a studio apartment attached to the House, set aside for people who need residential time out. Dates and availability can be found on our event website: Alternatively, contact us to check availability and prices.

There are resident staff at Nicholaston House forming a small intentional Christian community. This number is supported by full-time, part-time and casual staff. The work is also supported by a host of volunteers who undertake a variety of tasks, from maintenance and gardening to prayer ministry.

Trustees, who are ultimately responsible for the work of Nicholaston House  meet on a regular basis and continue to act with foresight, faith, wisdom and courage.

Nicholaston House, standing in its own grounds overlooking Oxwich Bay, is set in Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step outside and wander onto open moorland with its purple heather and golden gorse, and view the Gower ponies grazing on the gently sloping hillside. A leisurely walk to the cliff-top takes you to a beautiful view of Three Cliffs Bay - come and see for yourself!

The peaceful atmosphere at Nicholaston House invites reflection and many people experience a special encounter with God.

GOD'S House: The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock.The incredible story of a retreat house in one of Wales’ most spectacular beauty spots has been published.

‘God’s House’ is a detailed account of how Nicholaston House came into existence by the man who had the vision and was given instruction direct from God.

In 1990 God unmistakably led Sue and Derrick Hancock to Swansea to see a vision fulfilled which God had given them some years previously. The booklet (A5, 53 pages, colour) gives a brief factual account of what God did and is doing. It has been written for two reasons - to give glory to God and to show what very ordinary people can do when they step out in faith with God. 'All that we have accomplished, You have done for us' - Isaiah 26 v 12.