The original Nicholaston 'House' was built in the 1880s in a peaceful spot overlooking the sea. The building was extended in the 1960s and in 1998 Swansea City Mission purchased the House as a Christian Conference and Retreat Centre. 

Buy: God's House - The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock


The vision of Nicholaston House is to create an atmosphere of love and prayer where people can find acceptance, peace, hope and healing through a Christian residential house. 


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.


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.

Employment and Volunteering

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 counselling and prayer ministry.


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 accommodation comprises twin, double and family bedrooms, all with en-suite provision, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. The bedrooms are situated on the first floor and accessed by stairs or lift. One room is adapted to meet some of the needs of people with disabilities. Linen, towels and complimentary soaps are provided in all bedrooms. In the event all single rooms are booked and guaranteed single occupancy is required, then twin/double rooms are available to book on a single occupancy basis, whereby a single supplement charge applies (excludes some courses and retreats).

Bryn Room (Self-Catering)

The Bryn Room is a self-catering studio apartment for one or two people, attached to Nicholaston House with patio doors opening onto the open moorland of Cefn Bryn. It is available to book for personal retreats and time out. 


Nicholaston House facilities include a conservatory overlooking the magnificent sweep of Oxwich Bay, conference room with audio-visual equipment, games including table tennis, art and craft studio, prayer room, bookstall and lounge with TV.

Christian Conference Centre

Nicholaston House is an ideal place for church and Christian groups to spend time together. Book one or more of our rooms for a day, evening, weekend, week or even longer periods. The House is a popular venue for Alpha ‘Holy Spirit’ away days, due to its stunning location, relaxed environment, free car-parking and good food! 


Catering options are available to suit a range of requirements. All meals are home-made and are freshly prepared by a dedicated catering team. Vegetarian, vegan, as well as special dietary meals such as gluten- and dairy- free, are available to order upon request. All catered conference options include tea and coffee during the day. 

The Celtic Chapel

The Celtic Chapel endorses the vision of the House. Completed in March 2010, it is built in medieval style and central to the daily rhythm of prayer and worship.


The Garden is part of the Quiet Garden Movement and also one of a few places in Wales with a wild bird garden, having equipment for viewing from the conservatory. Water cascades down to the lily pond with the flowers adding colour and beauty. Seats are strategically placed to capture the view of the garden, countryside and coast. A small ‘Hermitage’ may be used for personal prayer and quiet times.

Quiet Garden Movement

Nicholaston House is a member of the Quiet Garden Movement. The garden includes a prayer walk and is accessible to residential guests - non-resident guests may visit by prior appointment only.

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.