Shepherds Dene is an outstanding example of the ‘arts and craft’ style of architecture.The 20 acres of grounds were also planned as an Edwardian garden. The house and grounds are remarkably preserved and full of original features.
In the last few years, the house has been refurbished to provide some en suite bedrooms and the grounds have been brought back to the former glory. There is wifi throughout. You’ll find all the home comforts you would expect of country house living.
Built in 1906 as a family home, Shepherds Dene was given to the Diocese of Newcastle in 1945 by Geoffrey and Ethel Newell. It is now shared with the Diocese of Durham and is run as an independent charity.
The best retreat house in the country
I am totally blind and was a bit apprehensive about coming to somewhere unknown, but I needn't have worried. Please convey my sincere thanks to Moira, Barbara and Marian for their help and support. The little things make all the difference don't they and I must say that you were all so very helpful and understanding. I would have no hesitation in visiting again.
We really valued the competence of all the arrangements for the weekend, and the excellent meals provided. Shepherds Dene in its new incarnation is a real delight to visit and we hope for other opportunities to do so.
I've been running residential courses for 30 years now and Shepherds Dene is the best venue I've ever used. The acceptance and warmth that we experienced fmade us feel very welcome and gave us the space and freedom to be how we needed to be. We have been searching for a good long term venue for a few years now and at last it feels like we have found our new home.
The Chapter had a very good time together and you all made us so very welcome. I feel that we shouldn't mention the food. I don't think I have been in a retreat house where the food is such a standard. We will look forward to a visit in the future.
Just to say that all of us from St Pauls again thoroughly enjoyed our weekend retreat at Shepherds Dene. As usual, we all had magnificent attention from Moira, Barbara, Marian and all the staff and out tiniest whim was catered for. Tell me where you can get better!
Just carry on doing what you're doing! I felt part of the family in this beautiful, peaceful, spirit-nourishing place. A priceless experience.