Sunrise over St Columba's Farmstead

Booking a Stay

At St Columba’s we are always delighted and fascinated to see who turns up. When you arrive you will immediately notice we are not a typical Christian retreat centre. We are a working farmstead and spiritual community. We are also at the very beginning of Starting Again, so we will be a little rustic and rough around the edges. But this we believe all adds to the charm and liminal reality of encountering God in Community and Creation.

We do not charge a fee for our hospitality, as we believe in a Gift Economy, and do not wish for money to become an obstacle for people coming and encountering God. However there are basic costs involved in hosting people like electricity, water, bed linen, cleaning and maintaining rooms, so we therefore ask that each individual or group consider making a Gift or Donation or even better, take out a small Standing Order/Regular Giving to the Society. As our accommodation is quite rudimentary we suggest a donation of £20 per night for either Camping or the Summer Bunk House or a £5 standing order. We won’t ask you for money – it is at your discretion.

Summer Bunk House – small double and single bed, fresh bed linen, electricity, fridge, access to toilet and shower and small desk. Please note there is no wifi as we live in a very remote area, so you will need to use your 4G.

Camping – we are able to offer camping for groups of 6 people. Electricity can be run off an extension from the main house and there is the use of toilet and shower room. Please note there is no wifi, so you will need to use your 4G.

Shepherds Hut – Coming Soon. A 14″x7′” classic design that will feature 12v. solar electric, small double bed, wood burning stove and small study desk.

The Prototype St Columba’s Shepherds Hut is designed, engineered and built by members of the community


If you would like to come and stay, please can you email and let us know the dates you would like to be with us, Below you will see a calendar that will let you know the dates available.

Pet policy. I am afraid we cannot accommodate dogs. As keepers of sheep, we have learned that dogs are not always able to control themselves despite the owners believing them to be harmless..

Car parking. Car parking is available in the Chanctonbury Ring Carpark, at the end of Chanctonbury Ring Road. Guest park in the carpark at their own risk.

Safeguarding Children. Children are of course welcome, but must be accompanied by parent or guardian at all times.

COVID19. We are of course very aware that we are in a fluid situation regarding COVID. Therefore until we have the all clear we will be sticking to the Government guidelines. We cannot accept more than 6 people camping at any one time. We ask guests to arrive with a change of clothes, so they can immediately change out of their travel clothes and put on a fresh set. Please bring anti-bacterial hand gels. So please do be aware of others, social distancing recommendations and of course enjoy your stay.

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