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Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust Launches Exciting Fundraising Project to Aid Nicholaston House Re-Development

An exciting opportunity for members of the public to become part of a major £2 million re-development of Nicholaston House is being launched this week.

Nicholaston House Development Entrance

The ‘Nicholaston 5000’ initiative will seek to draw five thousand people to help to fund refurbishment work at Nicholaston House, a Christian retreat and conference centre in Penmaen, Gower.

The centre is a unique environment for people to find healing and restoration. People suffering from eating disorders can also check in to Nicholaston for specialist help. 

Swansea City Council awarded the plans, which include self-contained eco-pods in the gardens, full planning permission. Trustees are aiming to start the development work, which is likely to take around six months to complete, in August 2019, with a view to re-opening in the springtime of 2020.

Geoff Thomas, chairman of Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust (SCM&ET), explained that funding will come from a number of different funding streams. The SCM&ET is seeking to raise at least 25% of the £2 million and this is where the Nicholaston 5000 project was born. 

Taking inspiration from the story in the New Testament where Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves and two fish, the aim is to persuade five thousand people to donate at least £100 towards the development. 

He said: “Following the almost unprecedented step of gaining full planning consent for a development of this scale and scope in a designated area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’, we are now on the threshold of making this happen. 

“We want to preserve and enhance this environment by making the most of its location and opening up the house to its greatest natural asset: its elevated position and panoramic views.

“Join with us to help bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fruition. If we can expand this beautiful building, we can help more people to find healing and solace on Gower. Will you be one of the Nicholaston 5000?”

The aim of the development is to be able to accommodate more people, yet have more private ‘breakout’ spaces, as well as bedrooms with balconies and self-contained eco-pods in the garden. 

Nicholaston House, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, overlooks Oxwich Bay and the moorland of Cefn Bryn behind. It hosts many faith-building courses which vary in nature. There are ‘time-out’ courses and arts and crafts courses, along with others which are designed to look at relationship issues, including marriage preparation and enhancement. 

There are also courses to help people suffering from eating disorders, led by internationally-renowned speaker, author and counsellor Helena Wilkinson. 

If you would like to number in the Nicholaston 5000, or find out more about the retreat centre, please contact Ian Ambrose (Operations Manager) on (01792) 371317 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Welcome to Nicholaston House, Christian Retreat and Conference Centre

Nicholaston House, standing in its own grounds overlooking Oxwich Bay, is set in Britain’s first designed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Step outside and wander onto open moorland with its purple heather and golden gorse, and view the Gower ponies grazing on the gently sloping hillside. A leisurely walk to the cliff-top takes you to a beautiful view of Three Cliffs Bay - come and see for yourself. 

The Celtic Chapel at Nicholaston House endorses the vision of the House. Completed in March 2010, it is built in medieval style by a well-known local sculptor and is available for private and corporate prayer and worship. The vision is to create an atmosphere of love and prayer where people can find acceptance, peace, hope and healing through a Christian residential house.

The focus of the House is to facilitate different groups for conference and away days. The primary focus, however, is as a centre for healing and restoration channelled through the various courses and retreats. In the words of a recent guest – it is a place of blessing, safety and sanctuary.

Our Accommodation at Nicholaston House comprises twin, double and family bedrooms, all with en-suite provision, as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities. The bedrooms are situated on the first floor and accessed by stairs or lift. One room is adapted to meet some of the needs of people with disabilities. Linen, towels and complimentary soaps are provided in all bedrooms. Guaranteed single occupancy supplement charges apply to non-single rooms.

The Bryn Room is a self-catering studio apartment for one or two people, attached to Nicholaston House with patio doors opening onto the open moorland of Cefn Bryn. It is available to book for personal retreats and time out, with counselling or prayer ministry available if requested in advance.

Facilities at Nicholaston House include a conservatory overlooking the magnificent sweep of Oxwich Bay, conference room with audio-visual equipment, games including table tennis, art and craft studio, prayer room, bookstall, lounge with TV. Our Garden If you need respite from the hustle and bustle of life, then the peace of the garden may be the answer. Water cascades down to the lily pond with the flowers adding colour and beauty. Seats are strategically placed to capture the view of the garden, countryside and coast. The small ‘Hermitage’ may be used for personal prayer and quiet times.

Nicholaston House is a member of The Quiet Garden Movement and is also one of the few places in Wales with a wild bird garden, having equipment for viewing from the conservatory. It includes a prayer walk and is open each day from April to October, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please ring the House on 01792 371317 to advise of your intended visit. Bed and breakfast at the House can be arranged subject to availability.

The view from the House is truly inspirational for igniting creativity, and the activities on offer provide the opportunity to develop skills and share interests.