Welcome to Nicholaston House Christian Centre, Gower

Experience the Adventure of God's Shalom!

Nicholaston House is Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust’s main charitable operation, having purchased the House in 1998 thereby establishing a Christian Centre overlooking Oxwich Bay.


See all people encounter God's glory and be equipped to thrive and live life in all its fullness.
Psalm 84:10; John 10:10.


To bring people to encounter with Jesus and engage with the heart of Father God (John 14:9) so they experience healing and freedom through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 61).

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

Nicholaston House Christian Centre accommodation (13 en-suite bedrooms offering capacity for around 24 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, events and courses). Linen is provided in all bedrooms.

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

Prayer Ministry Retreats (full board): Prayer Ministry is provided by a dedicated team who have all received training. Prayer ministry spaces are limited, so it is wise to make an early application. Apart from short, staff-led daily devotions and prayer ministry sessions there is no set programme, leaving plenty of free-time for you to enjoy the peace of the House and to explore the local area should you wish. Dates and availability can be found on our event website: events.nicholastonhouse.org

Personal Retreats (half board): These personal retreat 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. At other times, guests may access the Chapel for personal devotions. 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: events.nicholastonhouse.org

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: events.nicholastonhouse.org

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. Dates and availability can be found on our event website: events.nicholastonhouse.org

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!

Cafe-Style Drop In Space: New for 2022! Open on selected days/times, Coffee by The Bryn is a new cafe-style drop in space at Nicholaston House Christian Centre that opened on 23 February 2022 to resident guests and those looking for a cosy place, in peaceful natural surroundings, to drop in and enjoy Fairtrade coffee, ethically-sourced teas, cold drinks, homemade cakes, biscuits and other light-bites. Find out more at: Coffee by The Bryn | Cafe-Style Drop In Space at Nicholaston House Christian Centre

Quiet Garden & Prayer Walk: On selected days/dates Nicholaston House is open for times to rest, refresh and pray in the Quiet Garden (self-guided Prayer Walk available). Contact us to check availability!

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. Contact us to check availability!

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!

Nicholaston House feels like a safe haven, full of gentle and loving people.

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.


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