Feedback from guests

If you have visited Sheldon, you can leave feedback about your visit by using this on-line form.

This was the 3rd and final visit to Sheldon of my 3 month Sabbatical. I found the level of care and attention to be just what I needed. I felt supported and looked out for, whilst just being able to do my own thing.
The food was, as always, was very good and punctuating the day with meals and snacks was very helpful for me, especially being with other people. I found that the community at Sheldon were focussed on what I needed and I am very grateful for this. A big thank you to Sheldon Community and also to the volunteers who gave up their time to serve.

R5 July 2017

I came to Sheldon for the first time last year - & still remember that 'wow' on arrival, of thinking: people who don't even know me care enough to provide all this for me.  This year, I knew what to expect and so came looking forward to something familiar and good - & Sheldon has more than lived up to that expectation. I particularly value:

  • The sense of 'settledness' here, which is very soothing - I feel safe & secure here at a very deep level
  • The practical things, like the standard of cleanliness - such a blessing to enjoy as my Rectory is never that clean!
  • The fact that Sheldon is about caring for mind, body & spirit - the whole person
  • Talking to the sheep
  • Watching young birds tuck into the peanuts
  • Sitting in the Linhay garden (the Med. garden looks lovely this year)
  • Getting to know a new resident Bear, as I'm in a different Lodge this time
  • The food, esp. the stews, & the provision of extra fruit as I'd asked for no puddings
  • This year the Art Room was a brilliant discovery, even for one who doesn't think she is very 'artistic'

And whereas last year I wanted complete solitude, this year I felt able to join in prayers & go for a massage - so even in a small way, it's been lovely to get to know the community a bit better.

Private Retreat June 2017

I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant weekend retreat with you. It was just what I needed - time, space, quiet and solitude to think, to pray, to be, to listen, to enjoy the beauty of creation. I came away refreshed and with the sense that I had heard God's still, quiet voice that is so hard to hear in the busy-ness of life, and so have a clearer sense of "what's next". (although selfishly another 24 hours would have been amazing!) What perhaps touched me more than anything was the kind thoughtfulness of the way you do things at Sheldon, such as the coffee in the fridge, packet of biscuits, wine glasses, cafetiere, etc. It's that extra small stuff that communicates something of the Father's love. Thank you! I have every expectation I'll be back!

Private Retreat May 2017

I came more tired than I realised and left feeling rested and relaxed with some new ideas to try. Working in the art shed was pure joy. I found it a friendly, non- threatening space, either alone or working alongside others. When painting with acrylics, said the helpful guide book, the brush strokes are part of the picture and meant to show. I began to think about letting others see the "brush strokes" in my life when things were difficult rather than hiding away or pretending everything was "fine".
I wondered what it would be like, this Easter, being a guest rather than part of the volunteer work party and whether I would feel out of things. It was made easy because the distinction between guest and volunteer was clear (guests could walk away from the washing up!) and there was still the feeling of "family" which I have always enjoyed about work parties.

R5 April 2017

The utter peace - not just the wonderful surroundings but the 'prayed-in' peace. All equipment we needed (though more up-to-date hob-plates whenever they need replacing!)Thank you! A huge thank you!

Linhay Lodge April 2017

Space to think and pray. Especially liked that there is no mobile signal.

Private Retreat April 2017

The staff were helpful, caring and unintrusive, but also around when needed. The menu was varied and delicious. The weekend gave us all the time and space needed to relax in peace and tranquility. There was nothing we would have changed, the whole weekend was wonderful. Thank you so much and we all look forward to seeing you all next year. 

Women's 12 step retreat March 2017

We enjoyed the space and setting - but also the proximity of towns and city. We need enough people!The hour with Carl was very helpful, especially following on where I was at my last visit 2 years ago.Thank you to everyone who made out visit possible! God bless you and your ministry.

Private Retreat March 2017

The Linhay Lodge was perfect - particularly the view! The stocked larder was ample and enjoyable to eat. The space to do my own thing without anyone around. Nothing could improve it at all. Thank you very much.

Linhay Lodge March 2017

The retreat leader was excellent!

Food was brilliant... recipes I will try at home. Jacuzzi was such a treat - what a great addition. I was able to rest & reflect & face some of my own challenges - in a supportive environment.

Ian Mobsby retreat March 2017

When I come to Sheldon, I'm not always sure what I need, but God knows, and somehow I usually find it!

The vegetarian food has been very good this week. Thank you for the care and sensitive approach and for the prayers which are offered. It makes Sheldon a very special place.

I think it's great that Sheldon runs programmes like the Enneagram event which has been so popular this week. However, had I realised that Sheldon would be SO busy this week, as a result of the workshop, I probably would not have come this week. After a couple of meals with the large group I took the option of meals on a tray - for which I was very very grateful. [Webeditor: yes, it turned out to be exceptionally full and busy - we are re-thinking this particular combination for 2018 and

R5 March 2017

 The comfort and level of service within the accommodation were excellent. The beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings allowed us to focus calmly and in depth on ourselves and our next steps in life. Getting away from our busy schedules, communicating with like minded people in informal settings and enjoying healthy food and fresh air was just what we needed.

Ladies' 12 step retreat group March 2017

I love the Sheldon rules, it made it possible to chat without bringing work sneaking into my retreat. It was useful to have wifi so I could Skype with my husband.

I'm finding it hard to suggest any improvements! Maybe a bit of quiet background music at meals? Makes it easier to keep quieter in a big group sometimes. Although I liked sharing meals, I will try one of the lodges, pig pens or hen runs next time. I just wanted to make sure I had enough people time. This is the first retreat centre I have been to and straight away wanted to book another visit.

R5 March 2017

I was given the space, privacy & freedom to use my time here as I wished, without any expectations placed on me. The facilities were perfect for my needs & the quietness & solitude exactly what I was needing!

The beauty of the grounds were a balm & if it were possible I would have loved to stay longer!

Private retreat March 2017

It has given me some much needed respite from the busyness of parish life. As ever, Sheldon's beautifully maintained surroundings and generous hospitality have been wonderfully restorative, and I am returning home with renewed energy & vision.

You have provided for my every need, including a bath towel, which I realised (on my journey here) that I had forgotten! And the art room is fantastic! Thank you so much to all staff and volunteers - and particularly the members of the community - for providing this unique place of rest and healing.

Enneagram workshop March 2017

There is a relaxed. warm & welcoming feel about the place & people. Non-threatening/non-intrusive atmosphere. Spotlessly clean accommodation, good food & amazing countryside.  Excellent course tutor. Couldn't improve it! Many thanks for all the hard work that goes into maintaining such a retreat.

Enneagram workshop March 2017 

I was exhausted when I arrived at Sheldon after a very busy few weeks. I received such great care and gentleness at every contact with the Sheldon staff who were practical, sensitive and caring from welcome to leaving.

My 1:1 with Sarah was tailored to me and giving me strategies and thoughts to make the best of my time there but also helpful things when I got home. My massage was wonderful. Such care was taken by Jan in such comfortable surroundings.

It was just perfect. Thank you so much for all that you have done for me.

Private retreat March 2017

A fabulous place which will become a new retreat place for me. The level of comfort and space and sense of holistic care is exactly what I needed. Offering Jacuzzi & massage helped enormously. Every comfort had been thought of.

Private retreat March 2017

Lovely welcome.  Quiet space to do my own stuff. Conversation that was welcome.  Kind and comfortable Linhay.  I would have found my stay at Sheldon more useful/helpful/enjoyable if I'd had a few more days to be here and even more of the daffodils had been out in the woods!!

Private retreat March 2017 

So good to be here again and to receive such solid support at this time of unexpected anxiety. Thanks for the love and peace.

Private retreat February 2017

The directions given were very clear and helpful. We found the place without any detours! Thomas' Lodge is very comfortably and tastefully furnished to a high standard. Lots of thoughtful touches - flowers/welcome cake/bits and pieces in the cupboard under sink in bathroom... The food is REALLY good. Wholesome, tasty, home-made, varied... really lovely to have so much home-made/home-grown stuff. And congratulations to the person who must have EXCELLENT spatial awareness to fit all that food into a small freezer compartment - hats off to you! We have found the community members and volunteers to be helpful and friendly, and any requests we made were dealt with very efficiently. (The green request forms work well!) Sometimes having lots of notices around can seem quite brusque and impersonal, but you've even managed to have a gentle, kindlier tone in the many helpful notices that are scattered around.

Jan, the masseuse, was very gentle and reassuring to a first-timer! The way she explained everything calmly was helpful and put me at my ease.

This is a very tiny thing, and, had we asked, you would no doubt have helped us out - some washing up gloves would have been helpful. [Webeditor: yes - do ask and we'll always try and help with extras!]

It is difficult to see how our stay could have been improved. Thanks very much to all.

Private retreat February 2017

I found this week useful - for 'processing' in a non-judgemental atmosphere - uncomfortable at times, but necessary in order to discover myself again & new direction. Helpful - because I received time 1:1 - listening & spiritual guidance. Enjoyable - because hospitality/care, beautiful surroundings, opportunities to walk, no pressure to join in anything, NO CLERGY SHOP TALK!!, the art shed.

I found the 'space' quite difficult to start with & also the sociability of the meals - but those were my issues, nothing to do with Sheldon! I'm very glad & relieved I came, but it took quite a lot of courage. The no clergy shop talk helped enormously & the clear 'no pressure to attend anything'. A 'buddy' for meals was really appreciated as I felt most vulnerable then. I would have liked a pair of binoculars to borrow to enjoy the birds from the balcony of my room.

3 words to sum up my visit: safe, enlightening, space to grow.

Accommodation comfortable & really well thought out in everything that was provided for us with such care. Grounds and site - fabulous. Worship - I opted out totally. Taken by Surprise workshop met me in just the right place. 1:1 time opened my eyes to art as a way of 'processing' stuff. Just right blend of gentle challenge, spiritual guidance, empathy & good humour. Food wonderful especially the soups. I felt cared for throughout, & prayed for when I couldn't (whether by name or not doesn't matter!)

The no clergy shop talk was absolutely right - but it felt strange at first! The art room was amazingly well equipped - a lovely peaceful space. THANKYOU to all the team for being channels of God's love in so many ways.

12,000-mile Service February 2017

Everything is excellent. Hospitality is so incredibly generous. Whole week so freeing. Time was my own and on day one I thought "my word, what will I do!" No problem "filling" the day with "me time". I have loved it. I am going home encouraged and refreshed. "no clergy talk" BRILLIANT!

My room in the Pound House was very comfortable, thank you so much. Grounds and site beautiful, easy to get about, being on the flat! Worship gentle, helpful, refreshing. Library - hardly used :(

Workshops: Focusing - very insightful, used it throughout week. Sound & Silence - very exciting, we made a very good sound! Taken by Surprise - total surprise, found wonderful poet, filled me with JOY!

Extremely helpful 1:1 with Anne, so many thanks. Massage with Philippa was a real treat, loved it. Food all excellent, wonderful variety, balanced menu. Fat Pigeon very good start to the evening meal. Art Room - very special, am no artist but went most days to play!

It has been a wonderful week, I look forward to coming again, have connected to The Hub.

12,000-mile Service February 2017

Comfortable and warm Pig Pen (Tamworth). Well equipped and comfortable facilities in Long Barn.

LDMT Study break February 2017

It gave me much needed space to look at important issues and seek God's guidance. My discernment was helped and made more enjoyable through the workshops that I attended and the learning from them will go with me. The ability to have a Jacuzzi and massage, far from a frivolity was deeply therapeutic and should not be underestimated.  The 1:1 conversations were so appreciated as they offered challenge, as well as a sense of being deeply listened to.  Overall hugely helpful - thank you. 3 words to sum up my visit: deep yet light-touch. High window in Pound House meant I felt a bit disconnected from the amazing surroundings [Webeditor: yes - sorry - that is downside of medieval cob walls in that building].  However, it did mean I made myself explore outside, I guess!

12,000-mile Service February 2017

Everything I needed was made available.  People were very friendly and helpful.  The Art Shed was a wonderful addition. I felt very peaceful and rested by the end of the week.  The food was very wholesome and tasty.

Graham Knowles retreat February 2017

I felt the gentle healing love of God wash over me in a way I hadn't dared hope for. The loving care which you take of your guests is what so many clergy are used to GIVING but often find they rarely RECEIVE. The fully stocked larder, warm space, and even a reclining chair which helped physical healing. Special mention of the new Art Room. It is such a wonderful addition to your healing offerings! Even if you are not creative, the room gives you the chance to stand on the warm, heated floor, look at the lovely view, think, and even copy of verses of Scripture or lovely quotations - no one needs to be creative to do that, but the meditative copying offered me so much healing time. I reconnected with my faith, and one particular quote really spoke to me during my time there - "O beauty ever ancient, ever new. Too late have I loved you. I was outside and you were within me. And I never found you until I found You within myself." St Augustine

Private retreat February 2017

Very peaceful and free from interruptions. Ideal for self catering. Very comfortable, self contained accommodation. Brilliant WiFi. No phone signal which was a boon! Location is ideal for quiet reflection on Dartmoor. Floor mat in bedroom was very slippery and requires care not to slip. Duvet was too small!! [Webeditor: we're sorting some non-slip backing for the floor mat. Duvets are standard width but always happy to provide a double on request - have put a note on your record to provide this for you on your next visit.]

Private retreat February 2017

It wasn't my first visit or first private retreat. I went again in January because I had valued my previous experiences. Once again, I was most warmly welcomed and made to feel one of the 'family', and no fuss was made of my need for a private retreat. All in all, my short stay of only four days was a bit of heaven on earth, an experience I shall most certainly repeat. Thank you to all the staff (some of whom I recognised but my poor memory could not recall names - my apologies!) and volunteers. You showed Christ's warmth and care in reality! Years ago on my first private retreat, I had found the poor - or even non-existent - signals for my mobile phone an inconvenience (even though you couldn't have moved heaven and earth to suit guests who couldn't leave 'the world' outside your gates!), but this time, I didn't even miss it one little bit! I have grown up more in my spiritual maturity! :-) My apologies for having taken so long to do this exercise!

Private retreat January 2017

Thomas's Lodge was a very homely place to stay and very well furnished. It was all very peaceful and I value the solitude and also the times of brief contact with the community. I valued the one - one sessions and the morning and evening prayer times ( shame didn't continue over the weekend), and of course relaxing in the Jacuzzi. During my time here I have been able to reflect on my ministry and also to re-connect more with God. The only negative to my stay was that I was disappointed in the stocked larder. The food was very good but not what I was expecting from my phone conversation whilst booking the retreat. I felt that the £355.50 that I paid [Webeditor - actually £255 after ministry and long stay discounts = £18.25/day for 2 weeks] was excessive for what was provided given that some items in the larder had already been used by another guest [Webeditor: yes, the items would have been things like jars of marmalade, packets of muesli, bags of coffee etc - we think guests prefer home-style to plastic portions?]. If there is one thing I have taken from retreat is that I should be more open and honest and that is what I have tried to be with this comment. I want to reiterate the food was good but the cost was excessive (sorry).

Private retreat December 2016

I felt welcomed and cared for. Thank you whoever drew the curtains and left the light on as I'd not arrived in the dark before.  As always, I appreciate not having to plan, prepare and clear away meals and really enjoyed the variety. All the hooks in LB8 were useful. I could hook my getting muddy clothes there and hang the tidy ones for evening.  I'm glad wi-fi isn't automatically available. Home again, some of the emails waiting for me tipped me right back into pre- Christmas busyness, it was a good move not to have access to them whilst away. The decorations in the chapel and around the buildings were beautiful.

R5 New Year 2016/2017

The qualities, skills, vision, experience, personality and lightness of touch of the retreat leader were so well suited to his subject. I came with a burden which cannot be removed, but this retreat has eased the load considerably.

Sit, Breathe, Love Retreat December 2016

It enabled me to get away to a quiet place and reflect on my situation. Although my visit served its purpose, Sheldon is too far away for me to repeat the experience in the future.

Private retreat November 2016

It is good to return to this special place and community. The course, Imaging God through Icons was led prayerfully by one who alleged not to be an expert but an enthusiast. That enthusiasm, steeped in an appreciation of the theological roots of the images and their historical context was truly enriching. The hospitality of the house was as ever warm and understated. I/we would have found our stay at Sheldon more useful/helpful/enjoyable if ... the course had perhaps had another two sessions, perhaps starting on the Tuesday afternoon / evening as there was so much to embrace. I will definitely be planning another visit to Mary & Martha either annually or bi-annually.

Imaging God Workshop, November 2016

The staff are amazing, helpful, supportive, professional and friendly. They create a 'safe' environment that restores the soul. The programme was perfectly balanced with spiritual rhythm, input and time to reflect, process and relax.  I have already recommended to friends that they should come.

I would like to say a specific thank you to Carl and John for leading through the week. For excellent support & encouragement on my journey. For Jan for giving me the best massage I've ever had. For reminding me to take care of my spiritual health as well as my emotional and spiritual well being. For amazing food - great recipes to take away! Well done Sheldon for your work and faithfulness to God. I'm looking forward to coming back.

Simply Sheldon Retreat, October 2016 

I liked the gentle pace and the variety of the sessions and having unplanned afternoons. Also the silent breakfasts, the poems at 5pm prayers and the bedtime stories at night prayers.

Simply Sheldon retreat, October 2016 

I know from previous stays at Sheldon (c 5 no.) just how valuable time spent there can be, particularly when one has been under pressure. For 12 months, 2015-16 it fell to me to oversee the upheaval necessitated by a major reordering project in my parish. Inevitably there have been difficulties, setbacks and tensions, as I imagine members of the Sheldon Community may have experienced from time to time in your building projects! These have taken their toll and the prospect of some time at Sheldon, prior to the beginning of Advent, helped to keep me going through a very busy Autumn. The weather was better than during any of my previous visits (I have never seen the R. Teign running so sluggishly!), I managed to catch up on some reading and make a start on my overdue Ministry Development Review. I enjoyed revisiting Brixham/Berry Head, Exeter and Bovey Tracey. I was made to realize that I may not be able to manage the hills locally much longer, although I very much enjoyed riding (well, pushing most of the way!) up to Blackingstone Rock, as well as the route 'over the top' to Bovey.  I find what you offer at Sheldon invaluable - the accommodation (together with so many thoughtful 'touches'), the food, the chapels, the daily rhythm of prayer, the opportunity to meet and mix with members of the Community here and there, the jacuzzi, the setting and more besides. I enjoyed going in to Exeter to attend the lunchtime Eucharist at the Cathedral on Wednesday but (as during my previous stay) I found it difficult trying to park (the Park and Ride was full). I imagine it might not be easy to arrange, but I will continue to return in the hope that, I might be lucky and find that there is to be a celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel of Mary, Martha and Lazarus at some point during any future stay. That beautiful space appears - quite properly - to have been created as much to 'house' same, more than any other act of worship...

R5 November 2016

Beautiful setting. Real sense of the peace & presence of God. Ideal accommodation. Privacy protected. Community members very friendly, helpful, sensitive & discrete. Willing to have me stay at very short notice. Flexible private retreat programme. Good facilities and range of activities. Thoughtful provision of resources. Loved walking in the grounds both fields & woods. Private Linhay chapel a wonderful, prayerful space. 1:1 sessions extremely helpful. Recommend taxi service very good. I really didn't want to leave any negative feedback! Only one thing, the bed needs a mattress topper. I struggled to sleep most nights as it was just too hard [Webeditor: needs for mattress styles vary hugely - we have bed boards and mattress toppers available on request].  Would love to come back!

Private retreat September 2016

It was a very interesting and informative course. The other participants were supportive and helpful, and we formed a little community for the time of the course.  Karen led the course in a friendly and relaxed way, allowing the group to express themselves in body mind and spirit. I came home with lots to think about and ponder, and felt that I had grown in spiritual understanding.

I would have loved to stay longer and next time will attend from Sunday through to Friday - I hope. The grounds and accommodation were superb and I will return - hopefully to sample the Five Rs programme. I loved the atmosphere of Sheldon - and the food is wonderful and I loved the fact that the social rules were observed and people could just be themselves - out of role.

Enneagram workshop September 2016

Another great Sheldon family holiday - thank you to everyone on the team for making it happen. This is such a wonderful place. One of the things that makes this holiday so good is the flexibility & space - we can be together or alone or mix with others; we can stay in or go out or whatever. The evening activities this year were particularly good, especially the Bake Off.

Family Holiday Week August 2016

We were very warmly welcomed. The Pig Pen was so comfortable. It was so peaceful and every need was catered for. All is so very well organised and labelled. The volunteers were so kind, helpful and considerate. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was plentiful and delicious with enough choices available.

We wish there had been a table tennis table to play on!!

Thank you very much indeed for a wonderful holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will highly recommend to others.

Family Holiday Week August 2016

I simply wanted to say a huge thank you for the R5 week which ended today. I have so enjoyed my stay which has come at a point of major transition in my own life. The setting, resouces, wonderful food and gentle, inclusive hospitality, have all been first class. I am very grateful indeed and while the future is still full of huge questions, it has changed from being a place of dreary, life sapping responsibility to a place of 'dazzling darkness', which is thoroughly invitational. And that's fine. Thank you to the whole team who make Sheldon such a special place.

R5 June 2016

This is a peaceful place - organised, disciplined - like an ark, a place of safety and hope. I adore the little thatched chapel which is filled with all the prayers offered up between its walls - faith is not an easy place - but the chapel gives one courage. 

R5 July 2016

It's a beautiful place where the children easily made friends and wre provided with fun and accessible activities to do with parents and other families - fabulous! The staff/volunteers made every effort to bless us with generosity and care so us to make us feel relaxed and spoilt. A wonderful place for a much needed break. Would have been better if (1) the bar had stayed open later [Webeditor: sorry, we're a small team and need our sleep between then and breakfast time!] (2) the mattress covers were less noisy [Webeditor: we've just bought a whole set of new ones we hope you will like better] (3) Perhaps there could have been a reminder during the week that people will miss out on the blessing (that experience of leaving it all behind for a week) that is available to them if they do talk about work and by not abiding by the house rule, others also miss out on that feeling of being totally away from it all [Webeditor: sorry - it's always such a delicate balancing act this one - when to guide, when to protect, when to police - we continue to try and impove ...]

Family holiday week August 2016

Here I find solitude that opens the door into my soul. The opportunity to be alone in community in the comfort and luxury of the Linhay nourishes body, mind and spirit in a unique way. Thank you Jan for all the delicious goodies, they have been a real treat. Thank you Sarah for making sense of my ramblings in so constructive a way. And thank you the whole Sheldon Community team who make this place what it is - a deeply rich blessing.

Linhay private retreat August 2016

The provision of such a peaceful and comfortable 'apartment' was a great blessing, leaving me free to come and go and do/not do whatever served my needs. The 1:1 and the massage were important contributions to my stay; I felt both heard and pampered! The estate, gardens, countryside are a touch of heaven, very thoughtful and generous provision in every way. Thanks be to God! The sense of quiet commitment in the Team renewed my sense of commitment ... though to exactly what remains a myster! I am in God's 'waiting room' at the moment. I can't think of anything that would have improved my stay. The stocked larder was generous and prepared food a delight.

Hen Run private retreat July 2016

I simply wanted to say a huge thank you for the R5 week which ended today. I have so enjoyed my stay which has come at a point of major transition in my own life. The setting, resouces, wonderful food and gentle, inclusive hospitality, have all been first class. I am very grateful indeed and while the future is still full of huge questions, it has changed from being a place of dreary, life sapping responsibility to a place of 'dazzling darkness', which is thoroughly invitational. And that's fine. Thank you to the whole team who make Sheldon such a special place.

R5 June 2016

I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you and all at Sheldon for making my brief stay this week possible and profitable. I feel so much better for having been there! Sheldon is clearly a special place, and I feel sure it will not be my last visit – I had a wonderful sense of being undisturbed and free from all expectations, yet cared for at the same time, and somehow safe and secure. I think this is a highly desirable atmosphere for a retreat house, but not necessarily easy to achieve! And I am especially grateful to you for fitting me in as you did – it really was a bit of a Godsend!

R5 June 2016

In a time of great stress, upheaval and difficulty I have found myself in an oasis of God's love, peace and enfolding presence. I have been treated with love, kindness and respect and have been given the resources to pick up the broken pieces and journey on with God. Every aspect of my stay has contributed to the deep healing I have found here in God's presence. Thank you all so much. 

Linhay Lodge May 2016

An excellent retreat leader (Margaret Silf). Beautiful surroundings, every comfort and consideration for one's wellbeing. plain and nutritional food. I also found your prayer times so moving and relevant. Would have liked a kettle and tray in each bedroom [webeditor - we are just trialling help yourself kits for hot drinks in bedrooms]

Led retreat May 2016

Wonderful space to be and pray. Amazing location with wonderful views of Dartmoor nearby. Good facilities and hospitality. Having the Sanctuary available for prayer. Good to be able to join in morning prayer. I can honestly say it was as near to perfect as possible! A really wonderful week. Thankyou.

Private retreat May 2016

I should like to thank Hillary for welcoming me when I arrived, the people who'd prepared the delicious homemade food that I found in the fridge and cupboards, Jan for the marvellous massage, and Sarah for the 2 x 1:1 sessions, which have made a huge difference to 'where I am' on my journey.

Private retreat May 2016

The accommodation, food and bar were first class. The location was perfect. I was left alone to engage with as much or as little of the programme as I liked. I was challenged NOT to talk about work. All the workshops were right-brained stress-busters - excellent! Loved the simple liturgy. 

12,000-mile Service April 2016

The facilities are ideal for our group, much improved since our first visit. The gardens are fabulous with such an abundance of wild flowers in the woodland walk. The amphitheatre is a unique feature and we used the labyrinth for quiet prayer and contemplation as well as both the medieval and new chapels. It has been a perfect location for shared fellowship, reflection and spiritual refreshment. I cannot think how the Sheldon Centre could possibly be improved, it is a unique, peaceful and beautiful gem. My only suggestion is better signposting off the B3212. 

St Michael & All Angels Bedminster Parish weekend May 2016

The facilities were ideal - space, layout, access to grounds, chapel and labyrinth. Great kitchen/dining room. Lack of extraneous noise or too many people and respect for our silent periods. It all went very smoothly for which I, as a first time organiser, am hugely grateful!

Parish Quiet Day March 2016

Thank you so much for hosting our diocesan event over the past few days.Your hospitality was second to none, and really appreciated by all who attended. It was quite a "full on" event for us, but the peace surrounding you, not only the premises but also the people, was inspirational. Please pass my personal thanks to all who contributed to making this such a wonderful time; Thank you once again, and may the love of God continue to inspire you.

Monmouth Diocesan Senior Staff team April 2016

The community did exactly what they promised for my R5 week, i.e. we could do exactly as we wished while they kept us deliciously and amply fed and watered. The opening of the Fat Pigeon (bar) for the half-hour before the evening meal was a pleasurable bonus. The sensitivity of the community and members towards my mobility difficulties – from accommodation in the pigpen nearest the dining room and cider press with facilities for disabled people – to the carrying of stuff for me when needed was heartwarming. I've been to Sheldon several times before for different events and the quality of care is undiminished, 5 stars.

R5 April 2016

I knew no-one would come calling and I wasn't accessible by phone or email unless I chose to be. I always enjoy having someone else planning meals and the larder stock was LOVELY- thank you. The fish pie, ready thawed for the first evening filled a very hungry place. Both body and mind could start to relax knowing there was nothing I had to do.

Private retreat March 2016

As usual, I was very comfortable, well-fed, and able to unwind into prayer and reflection (and also quite a lot of sleep). I was squeezed into an already full retreat on the condition that I'd accept a very small room, which would not otherwise have been used. Lovely though the more spacious accommodation is, this one was perfectly adequate for my needs and included an en-suite. I made good use of the Quiet Room, the chapels, and the grounds - excellent weather being a bonus. The highlight this time was afternoon Community Prayers. I found the very simple format and the extended corporate silence enormously helpful. I liked the opportunity to talk with other retreatants during supper and in the bar beforehand, whilst also observing silence for the rest of the time. I returned with quite a bit of food for thought, and in addition did some creative writing for which I'd been wanting time and space. The rhubarb and orange meringue was out of this world!

Led retreat March 2016

At very short notice you found a space for me (thank you!) In the 48 hours I was there, what came across so clearly was your vision, God's ongoing provision, and your unity of purpose. That struck a chord with me as it clarified what matters to me as I considered and prayed through my current circumstances. The atmosphere gaeve me the answer I was looking for - or rather, the direction. Thank you again. What can I say? It was just right.

Private retreat, March 2016

.. the comfort and level of service within the accommodation were excellent. The beauty and tranquility of the surroundings allowed us to focus calmly and in depth on ourselves and our next steps in life. Getting away from our busy schedules, communicating with like minded people in informal settings and enjoying healthy food and fresh air was just what we needed.

Catered group - 12 step retreat - spring 2016

I felt lovingly "held" in safety by the Community, the buildings, the place, the food etc, long enough to feel human again. I arrived feeling extremely low and left more able to face a challenging situation. 1:1 was invaluable.

R5 April 2016

I needed space, rest and a chance to come to terms with a bereavement - not why I expected I was coming! This is a very safe space to let go. Thank you. Food was superb.

Private retreat April 2016

This has been really helpful as part of the process of returning to work after a period of depression. I appreciated the quiet, but alos shared time for meals. Having been here a number of years ago I know I had to come at this time - not disappointed! The Long Barn - just so comfortable - room was excellent with great views.

R5 April 2016

Perfect balance of comfort and privacy. Very spacious and the prayer meetings made me feel connected to everyone else that was here. The grounds were beautiful and Pig Pen very high standard for a retreat. I loved it.

Private retreat April 2016

Space, peace, time out, no demands, unconditional love ... love the library, the Sanctuary, the seat at the top of 10 acre field. Also like the walk monitor system - would be concerned about going off into the country if no-one knew where I was going. V. grateful you accommdated my diet.

Private retreat April 2016

I could get away from everything. I have been in a blissful bubble, out of time, and expect to return to everyday life with renewed enthusiasm. Thank you.

Private retreat March 2016. 

There were no expectations or demands. I was able to take things at my own pace. I found a wonderful book in the library which really spoke to me. I'd thoroughly recommend the jacuzzi and massage - absolute bliss. The staff are warm and friendly and nothing was any trouble. My 1:1 sessions helped to clarify my thinking and gave me confidence to commit to an important decision about my future. I have been blessed indeed.

Private retreat Mar 2016

I arrived here not knowing what I would find and in my emptiness found what I most needed; a place of welcome gently offered, a space to relax, sleep, reflect, but be. And what a congenial space! Hospitality simply and practically stated, the wonderful home-made food and the 'extras' (Christmas cake on arrival!) which speak volumes. Sharing in prayers with you and the beautiful simplicity of the Candlemas vigil with its invitation to trust and bear the light. I feel blessed and restored. At the beginning of a lengthy 'time out' Sheldon has been the best possible start. You have achieved here what, in my experience, is rare: a high standard of professionalism combined with a deep level of caring - based of course on your long experience. My only regret is that it has taken so long for me to find you.

Private retreat in Hen Run Feb 2016

It was so good knowing there was to be no 'shop talk'. Hobbies and interests made for much better conversation than clerical gripes! One-to-one time was really valuable and my mentor and I were a great 'fit'. The healing Eucharist to conclude the week had a very special atmosphere. The two workshops I attended, though very different, gave me food for contemplation as well as enjoyment. Praise of the highest order for the volunteers. A huge thank you to all.

12,000-mile Service January 2016

We have just returned from our first visit to Sheldon and would like to thank you all for making our time with you so special. It was lovely to belooked after and given space as well. The room was super, the grounds and houses etc so welcoming and the food really delicious. A very special thank you to the person who catered so imaginatively for us. It really seemed that nothing was too much trouble. We hope to return again soon.

R5 February 2016

As always the space that the community creates enables a deep listening to God and a wonderful chance to refresh and renew oneself. The accommodation, grounds and location are amazing. Nobody hassles you and you are left to 'be' before God. My wife and I went on retreat together and the fantastic space allowed us to spend some great time together as husband and wife. Thank you. Only one tiny thing.....it would be nice to have a proper oven in the Linhay Lodge we stayed in. It was difficult to cook some of the meals we had planned to make.

Private retreat in Lodge February 2016

Brilliant retreat. Ian and Gail led it so sensitively and well. Well paced, creative and with depth. Thank you so much. Gorgeous place - fantastic scenery. Uninterrupted views of hills in every direction. A taste of heaven, thank you. V. comfortable bedrooms too, and good to have art box. (nice if mobile signal was better - but maybe it's good to be offline too.)

Unfurling retreat led by Ian and Gail Adams August 2015

Without the distractions of life we were able to focus on reading and reflecting and connecting with God. The accommodation is comfortable and well presented. The picture window and the live action entertainment from the birds a real bonus. You can feel that this is a place dedicated to service and prayer and it is a delight and privilege to be ministered to in this way. 

Linhay Lodge private retreat August 2015

I was left alone! This is fantastic! I could do whatever I liked and nobody bothered me at all from dawn to dusk! I had a restful, interesting, active, varied retreat. The Ark had everything I needed and no extra fuss. Stocked larder = 110%! Felt a perfect balance of security and being cared about with no sense at all of pressure, judgement or the need to justify or explain what I was doing (really welcome as an antidote to theological college this past year which is the other way round). Will recommend Sheldon to my fellow ordinands. 

Private retreat August 2015

The generosity of Sheldon - care, concern, comfort, attention to detail, food, listening and therapy - was an enormous blessing at a very difficult time. It was an experience of Christ-like love and acceptance. Thank you all. The peace and beauty of the place itself was the start of a healing process. 

Private retreat July 2015

We found the freedom for our children in Sheldon great for them to explore their own personal space along with the sense of safety, especially for our Autistic son who felt fully accepted and made lots of new friends, both young and old. He was able to do lots on his own which gave us as parents space and much-needed time together. All the evening activities have been great for all ages - there if you wanted to join in, or watch alongside, or just dip in and out. Both our children have been off and joining in with their new friends. We are sad that the week i over but we will definitely be back next year and we are all looking forward to it. 

Family holiday week August 2015

You took me in at short notice as a shaky heap and gave me a safe space in which to begin recovery. Your wrap around hospitality and wisdom gave me much space and time and was unobtrusive. Thank you so much for the peanuts for the birds which enabled me to begin to rest while doing nothing - sounds easy but was incredibly difficult. THANK YOU!

Private retreat July 2015

We were able to have lots of space in a very comfortable and beautiful place. The Lodge was perfect for us with a high level of comfort. The immediate environment of the gardens, the views and walks nearby all helped us to relax and begin to have a restored perspective. We feel rested and refreshed. Thank you for all that you offer. 

Private retreat July 2015

Everything was just so right. The accommodation was so welcoming - I loved my Pig Pen! The food was excellent and as much as you wanted. Lovely little touches like flowers on the dining room table. There is a real sense of prayer here, and of being held by the community. Both chapels are wonderful places to pray alone, and to worship together. The grounds are wonderful - plenty of space to wander, and I love the stopping places and benches. You can see how well the land is tended - and the rare breed sheep - fantastic! Emma's talks were wonderful - thoughtful, reflective and so practical and affirming. Along with the community it really felt as if we were held by her in prayer. The eucharists were truly special. Thank you Emma for all your care and work on our behalf and thank you to the Sheldon Community for creating this place and making us feel welcome but not swamped. Space for God to work! May God bless you in this vital, truly gifted ministry. 

Retreat led by Emma Percy July 2015

Sheldon provides a much appreciated haven. The landscape, hospitality and input is exceptional. The chapel and opportunity for restorative worship is life giving. One's needs are met unobtrusively with loving thoughtfulness going on behind the scenes. There is a lack of earnestness & intensity which is refreshing. Simply, this place and its community enable me to have space to breathe and be myself in a busy life. Thanks be to God. Thank you so much to all your team for your quiet and very beautiful ministry. A bit of "thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven". Bless you all. 

Retreat led by Emma Percy

Once again, thank you so much for all you and the Sheldon community have done for me - I can not thank you enough for your incredible generosity and hospitality and how much this has helped keep me sane when I had used up all my resources to carry on.

Private retreat June 2015

It provided much needed breathing space. I was able to escape and just be. The booking, the stay - everything - was just so straightforward. The light-touch approach was definitely right for me - I felt extremely well looked after and upheld in prayer but without any pressure to be at anything or do anything. The stocked larder, 1-2-1 time and massage were real gifts and blessings to me and facilitated my re-equilibrating (if that's a word!) and meant that I really made the most of my retreat to rest and recuperate after a difficult year or so. I loved not having to speak to another human being and everything being on my terms, especially after a year when life has felt overwhelming and I've felt rather out of control of everything! And I loved the lambs! Thank you Sheldon!

Private retreat May 2015

Please be assured of our grateful thanks and our prayers for your community. We much appreciate all the opportunities we have had to share your very special home.

Dursley Tabernacle church weekend June 2015

The location and quality of the accommodation together with the warmth of the welcome and the discreet but practical nature of the community enabled us to find real rest and peace.  God bless.

Private Retreat in a Linhay Lodge. March 2015

It was great to be looked after so well, so quietly and unobtrusively and the accommodation was superb.  Just the rest and relaxation we needed, and at short notice too.  Many, many thanks.  It would be good if you could produce a recipe book for all the pre-prepared meals, which we loved.

Private Retreat in a Linhay Lodge. March 2015

The accommodation and site is impeccable, friendly people but not 'in your face', beautiful location. The facilities were perfect for what I needed; other areas - Sanctuary, library were excellent too. Local walks and further afield were most enjoyable and thanks for arranging a couple of sunny afternoons! I shall definitely be back and will recommend to friends/church.  Thanks!!  These are silly things really, but could be useful, - just suggestions rather than niggles! - Be useful to know ahead what mobile phone networks do work here! I brought an extra SIM card so I didn't have to use regular phone (02), but not very good coverage. - Next time I shall book a room with a double bed - I'm a big chap and regular single beds are only just adequate, I fell out a couple of times! Nothing you could do about this, I just need to think ahead!  Thanks again - every blessing.

Clergy Private Retreat, Hen Run. March 2015.

I had the peace and quiet I needed to focus on my studies and I enjoyed the grounds and beautiful scenery which brought me closer to God.  Sheldon has been a wonderful home from home.

Private retreat in Linhay Lodge. March 2015

It was an opportunity to stop and relax in the midst of a time of re-organisation for self and a relative for whom I have a carer responsibility. Sheldon is a relaxed space where I always find peace whatever is going on in life.  The retreat was challenging but in a very gentle way.  The usual excellent hospitality helped a lot!  I can't think of anything that would have improved it.

Journey Home Retreat led by Simon Parke. March 2015

A warm welcome.  The loving care given for individual needs  giving a feeling of home from home.  The beautiful surroundings and spiritual feel to Sheldon enhanced our retreat considerably.  One suggestion made was a larger shower curtain in the wet rooms may prevent the floors getting quite so wet, or the provision of a cloth/mop so the the room can be tidied for you.  

Womens' 12  Step Retreat. March 2015

Comfortable, warm surroundings. Well-equipped kitchen. Beautiful grounds. Peaceful chapel. Everyone found the day relaxing and refreshing. No improvements necessary!

Exeter Diocese Spiritual Directors self-catering Quiet Day.

Sheldon - the Community, volunteers and the environment - continues to impress with its care, peace, tranquility, attention to detail and high quality. This provides a much needed space in a very busy time as a parish priest and as our personal life has also been stressful with moving house. 

12,000-mile Service week, November 2014

Peace, relaxation, beautiful surroundings, we were left to 'be'. It was all as good as it could be!

Cell group, November 2014

Wonderful setting, warm but discreet hospitality, v. comfortable rooms, space to be me with God. Lovely food. Input from Ian was excellent. (I'm being picky now but a kettle to make drinks in the room would be perfect, and slightly stronger coffee in the dining room).

Streams of Light retreat led by Ian Adams, December 2014

There is such a sense of peace and being held by the Community. The retreat was led so sensitively and the Community hold us in that way as well. My dietary requirements were catered for superbly. I am so very grateful to you for this gift of space enabling me to 'come away to quiet place and find rest'.

Streams of Light retreat led by Ian Adams, December 2014

The time was entirely my own and I was left in peace. All encounters with the Community were warm and helpful. The estate was a joy to walk in, the chapels were beautiful spaces for prayer and meditation and my 'larder' was well stocked with delightful fayre. Thank you. (Perhaps a more focused evening prayer in the main chapel would be helpful?)

Private retreat in Linhay Lodge November 2014

On behalf of everyone at Exeter YMCA I would like to express my sincere thanks for allowing us to hold our annual staff conference at Sheldon once again. Our staff greatly appreciated the time they were able to spend at your centre and really enjoyed the wonderful facilities and high standard of accommodation available, saying nothing of the beautiful surroundings and grounds. We felt it was a really successful time away from our usual interaction in the workplace and it was a really good time for us to socialise and have fellowship and we have come back feeling refreshed. 

Self-catering weekend November 2014

Having chosen to live as a 'hermit' for 3 days nothing prevented me from doing so! Warm, cosy, clean, excellent shower and hot water provision, tasty and convenient food, comfortable bed. (I would have appreciated a small table between the armchairs to place my tea/coffee/bok while watching the birds and the rain. 

Private retreat in Hen Run November 2014

A place of peace and quiet, where there are no interruptions, everything is thought of for you. A place of peace for the mind and body. A still pool to float in before launching back into the torrent. Thank you. 

Private retreat in Linhay Lodge November 2014

Everyone was so caring. The room was lovely : spacious, private, clean, enjoyable with a balcony, en-suite with lovely shower. The little kindnesses from staff were great. The gluten-free food was very good: so nice to be treated 'normally' and not 'odd'. The general environment was great. All the rooms & facilities & the woodland & walks too. The workshops were very good : enlightening & fun as well as serious & thought-provoking. The 1:1s were invaluable and helped our decision-making enormously. The house rule of 'no clergy shop talk' was a mystery to us at first - how do we do this? But actually it removed so much stress and relieved pressure. Thank you. 

12,000-mile Service week, November 2014