Costs, payments and cancellation

What does it cost?

Programme event costs are shown on the detail page for each event.

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Ministry rates are 20% off the standard open rates. (Your invoice will show the itemised open rates and then a single ministry discount off the total).
(Note - we had anticipated reducing the ministry discount to 15% in 2019, but have decided to keep it at 20% for at least another year)

2018 and 2019 private retreats

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Linhay Lodge single personn/a£60n/a£64
Linhay Lodge sharedn/a£84n/a£92
Pig Pen single person£63£50.40£65£52
Pig Pen shared£84£67.20
Stocked larder/person£27£21.60£27.65£22.12
1:1 session (1 hour)n/a£50n/a£52
massage (1 hour)£57.50£46£60£48

10% discount on accommodation and food for all visits 5 nights or longer.

Linhay Lodges - 3 nights minimum
Pig Pens (and Hen Runs) - 2 nights minimum
Stocked larder - 3 nights minimum

Budget weekends 2018 and held for 2019

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Linhay Lodge 3 nights (Fri-Mon) singlen/a£120
Linhay Lodge 3 nights (Fri-Mon) sharingn/a£170
Pig Pen 2 nights (Fri-Sun) single£99£79.20
Pig Pen 2 nights (Fri-Sun) sharing£120£96

Specialist booking supplement

Some bookings draw on additional Sheldon resources in order to meet the needs of guests. These may include

  • Several telephone conversations are needed to set up the booking
  • The booking is at short notice so we need to shop or arrange staffing for a quick changeover
  • The guest is in a bad way and we need to provide an additional level of background support
  • Circumstances are changing so the length of the booking needs to be flexible

For these bookings we invite a flat rate £100 in addition to the other component parts of the booking. 

Library days (2018 and 2019)

library only £16£12.80£16£12.80
lunch  £8£6.40£9£7.20

Cancellation (individuals)

We ask all guests to make their contributions for bookings in full 2 months before arrival.

These are not refundable once made. 

We strongly recommend that you take out suitable insurance so that if you have to cancel neither you nor Sheldon are financially embarrassed. Insurance is for the things you don't expect like illness or bereavement.

If you cannot obtain suitable insurance for health reasons, please discuss this with us.

You may already have cover under a policy such as a multi-trip travel insurance or included with your home insurance or banking.

One place you can buy cancellation insurance from is Rothwell & Towler (Under Policy Type choose Guest First UK Holiday Cancellation Cover)

Cancellation (groups)

We advise groups to think about who the event could not run without and take out cancellation insurance in those names.

We ask for a 50% contribution if you cancel your booking between 2 and 6 months ahead of the booking date and a 90% contribution if you cancel less than 2 months before.