The Retreat Centre

Welcome to our beautiful 17th century Retreat CentreP1010658

We are on the edge of the quiet village of Childswickham, two miles from Broadway in the Vale of Evesham. For those who enjoy a good walk in beautiful scenery, we are surrounded by excellent walking country on the edge of the Cotswold Hills with an abundance of pretty ‘olde worlde’ villages. For more history and culture, and 505_1a bit of ‘retail therapy’, Worcester, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stratford are within easy driving distance.

The Retreat House (Childswickham House), together with the Tithe Barn, Pottery Studio and other buildings encircle a peaceful courtyard, leading into two acres of gardens and 60 acres of our own farmland.

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We welcome church groups and organisations from different Christian traditions. We also offer individuals the space for time out in a quiet corner, and families the opportunity to relax together. Day or overnight visits can be arranged for midweek or weekends.

Groups are given the use of their own meeting room during their stay, and all meals are served in the dining room.

Come and be refreshed: we look forward to seeing you!

For further information, costs, or to make a booking, please contact our bookings secretary: see our Contact Us page.

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Retreat House

The Retreat House (Childswickham House) dates back to the 1600s and was at one time the local court house. In fact, one of the downstairs bedrooms still has bars across the window from its days as the jail room. The ground floor sitting room seats twelve comfortably, and has tea/coffee ... ...

Cottage

The Cottage has two large bedrooms upstairs accommodating up to nine guests, with a shared bathroom. Downstairs there is a further twin-bedded room and shower/toilet. Tea/coffee-making facilities available in all rooms.   Also on the ground floor is a comfortable sitting room which seats twelve.  There is a fridge, ... ...

The Chapel

The Chapel is the focus of the Community's prayer life and is therefore very well prayed in. Groups of up to twenty-five guests are welcome to book the Chapel as their meeting room for the day or the weekend. The Chapel is available for personal prayer times when not in ... ...

The Dining Room

In years gone by, the Dining Room was a working barn, and although it had been refurbished (into a games room) before we moved into Childswickham House, there was still a long concrete feeding trough down one wall, presumably for the animals. We did away with the trough early ... ...

The Tithe Barn

  The Barn was reconstructed in 1982 using the original 16th century beams, and has apparently been the site of a traditional Tithe Barn since about the 14th century. The Tithe Barn is the Community's sitting room and hub of our home, and is where we meet for Friday night ... ...

Retreat Centre Gardens

Our gardens and courtyard are there for the enjoyment of all our visitors. There are peaceful corners to be found for quiet and prayer, as well as space for outdoor games, and a path running alongside the stream which makes for a pleasant short walk on our own land. In ... ...

How we got into Hospitality

Back in the 1980s in Slough, Roy and some local ministers would get together to pray, and organise regular meetings across the denominations in Slough. Through contact with the local churches, we had the idea of running “Weekends for the Churches” when we invited local Christians to stay with us. ... ...

Feedback from past guests

“There is a lovely atmosphere here and it feels like a haven. The food is great! Just a  warning – staying here may become addictive!” Mr and Mrs. Skelton “I come wanting to meet my God” Mr. Battle “My daughter asked me what I would like for my birthday. I ... ...