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We are pleased to say that we have re-opened and are welcoming guests back to Shepherds Dene.  While restrictions remain we have Covid secure arrangements in place including a reduced capacity.  If you would like to check availability, or have any other enquiries please contact us by email or telephone.  Our email is , or if you do not have access to email please telephone 01434 682212 and leave a brief message with your name and contact number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We offer you our prayers and best wishes. Peace be with you.


Due to the Covid pandemic we have not planned a programme of retreats for 2021.  We hope to offer a programme for 2022 but the brochure may not be available until the beginning of next year.  If you would like to see a previous programme to get an idea of the type of events we offer please click here.

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 .