The Cottage Guest House

The Garden Cottage has four self-catering units for people wishing to spend a few days on individual private retreat. 

Each room has a double bed, sitting area, kitchen facilities and en-suite shower room.

The centre of Durham is just a short 5 minute walk away.

Guests can enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as join the Priory community for services in the Chapel, or any other activities open to the public, as well as make use of the library and enjoy the gardens.

All are welcome to come to the Priory on retreat, but we are particularly keen to encourage members of the clergy to make use of the resources and support we can offer.

Please contact us to book your stay.

Additional Information

There is a rhythm of daily prayer in the Chapel, including the Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, and a weekday Eucharist (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 12noon.

Guests on retreat are very welcome to attend all services in Chapel, which is also available for private prayer and quiet reflection at other times.

During your time here, you may wish to enjoy the peace and quiet alone. But we may also be able to offer additional support, for those who want it, including:

  • An opportunity for an informal chat with a trained and experienced spiritual director or a member of the clergy able to offer a listening ear. Any such listening would be strictly confidential, subject to issues of safeguarding.
  • Reflexology and a range of holistic treatments including aromatherapy massage, Indian Head and Hot Stones massage with a fully qualified professional massage therapist. Treatments can be tailored to meet individual needs. Available by arrangement.

The Greater Silence

It is common practice in religious communities to observe periods of silence, especially overnight. Traditionally known as the ‘Greater Silence’, this typically starts after Compline and lasts until Morning Prayer the next day (i.e. 9pm-9am).

Here at the Priory we ask all residents and guests to maintain the Greater Silence, by refraining from talking and being mindful of the need to preserve the quietness for each other.