CLOSED for foreseeable future - 20 March

This message was added on 2020-03-21

It is with sad hearts, that the decision has now been made to close Penhurst Retreat Centre to guests with effect from end of business on Friday 20 March 2020, for the forseeable future. We trust that we will open again once the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic passes, but how long that will take is unknown.

The decision has not been taken lightly, but follows UK government instruction for all pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, gym and leisure facilities to close immediately as part of attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus by limiting social gatherings and urging people to stay at home. Whilst Penhurst is not directly in any of the categories specified by the government, a core part of our ethos is to offer hospitality and catering, and to gather people together.

We hope to continue offering and developing online inspiration and reflections, so please keep a look out for this on our Facebook page and website.


Existing Bookings and Retreats

If you have an existing booking with us, please bear with us as we work through the diary - we will be in touch. All bookings up to the end of June will be cancelled, and those for July onwards will remain under review as the coronavirus situations develops. 

If you really need to contact us, please bear in mind that our phone will not be manned as normal - so please email wherever possible.



As a charity, there will obviously be significant financial implications during this season, the extent of which may not be known for a while.  However, cashflow is likely to be the immediate challenge, with income disappearing for a while, expenses still to pay and the details of promised government support not yet known.  We recognise that many people will be facing their own financial challenges, but if you would like to make a donation, large or small, one-off or regular, please let us know or go to our donations webpage.



Please also pray for our trustees and staff as we work through the implications of this decision and how to move forward over the coming months.

There will undoubtedly be challenges ahead, but let us keep our eyes on the Lord for he is Jehovah Shalom, Rapha and Jireh – our Peace, our Healer and our Provider.

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

The apostle Paul wrote: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)”