The trustees of Shepherds Dene, in consultation with the Bishop of Durham and the Bishop of Newcastle, have decided to close the Retreat House to the public with effect from Friday 20th March.

This decision has been made in the light of the current Government advice over the spread of Coronavirus in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff.

We do not anticipate the house being open before the 31st August: however, we will keep the situation under review in the light of guidance from the Government and will post updates as required.

If you have booked to stay at Shepherds Dene between now and 31st August, the staff will be in contact with you directly regarding your booking.

If you have questions about a planned booking you have with us, or any other matter to do with Shepherds Dene, please email  We will respond to your email but this may take a little longer than usual. If you do not have access to email you can leave a message on 01434 682212 and we will respond when we are able to.

With the prayers and good wishes of the trustees and staff.

Welcome to the Shepherds Dene website

If you are looking for space to reflect or to meet with others, then why not try Shepherds Dene?

Shepherds Dene is an excellent venue for a conference, away day, meeting or seminar. Alternatively, if you are simply in need of a day or a few days just to get away from it all, then come and feel the tension evaporate in the calmness of the house and grounds.

The house is an Edwardian country house, built in the Arts and Crafts style, and set in 26 acres of grounds. The estate was given to the Church of England in 1945 to be used as a retreat house and is within easy of reach of Newcastle, Durham and Carlisle. It is a spiritual place for peace and quiet and sometimes for fun and celebration as well.

Shepherds Dene serves the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle as diocesan retreat house. It provides a space to think, a chance to grow and to walk more closely with God. We welcome guests of all denominations and faiths – and those without a faith.

Individually Guided Retreats Monday 27 – Friday 31 January

Rev Canon Stephen Herbert and Rev Canon Clare MacLaren

A silent retreat with a 1:1 each morning with your spiritual guide for the week. An opportunity to reflect on how God is at work in your life.

Clare is a Residentiary Canon at Newcastle Cathedral and Stephen is Priest in Charge of St Martin, Byker and St Anthony, Byker.


Thank You

Thank you to the All Churches Trust and the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Church of England Institute Trust for their kind donations towards the refurbishment of the lift at Shepherds Dene.

Thank You

Many thanks to all who came along to support our midsummer fundraising afternoon on 29th June. We raised a wonderful £950 towards the carpet and lift funds. Thanks particularly to members of Antiphon, who generously came along to sing a wonderful selection of songs during the afternoon. If you would like to make a donation towards our work at Shepherds Dene, you can do so by contacting us at .