We are pleased to say that we are fully reopen and are welcoming guests to Shepherds Dene.  Now that Covid restrictions have been lifted we are able to operate at full capacity. The care of our guests remains at the forefront of our hospitality, so we monitor any government guidance on a regular basis.

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, best wishes and hope to welcome you soon. Peace be with you.


We have not produced printed  programme detailing retreats for 2022,. Please refer to the Events page which advertises some of our activities or please contact us to find out what retreats and events we have on offer this year. Telephone 01434 682212 or check our Facebook page Shepherds Dene Religious Centre for the latest news.

If you are looking for space to reflect or to meet with others, to celebrate a special anniversary or event 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.

It is a marvellous base for exploring the surrounding countryside linking up with the Northern Saints Trails and Hadrian’s Wall country.

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 also 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 extend that welcome to guests of all denominations and faiths – and those without a faith.