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

Each room (there are three doubles and one twin) has a sitting area, kitchen facilities and en-suite shower room – and 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 and others in ministry to make use of the resources and support we can offer.

Please contact us to book your stay.

Quiet Days

St Antony’s is an ideal place for Quiet Days: it’s easy to get to, we have a range of meeting rooms, lovely surroundings and, of course, that magnificent view…

A Quiet Day is like a mini-retreat: some time out to reflect, be still and re-charge. You may wish simply to enjoy some peace and quiet alone, but you will also be very welcome to attend any services taking place in the Chapel.

Half days, either morning or afternoon, as well as full days can be booked. If coming for a full day, please bring a packed lunch. For further details, availability, bookings and costs, please contact the Priory.

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. Our sunday service is at 10.30am, followed by coffee in the library. The Chapel is also available for private prayer and reflection at other times. See the Chapel page for more information.

During your time here, you may wish to just do your own thing, but you are also very welcome to make us of the Priory facilites. 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.

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Meeting Rooms

We have four small meeting rooms for one-to-one’s, including one on the ground floor, plus a larger meeting room for small groups (max. 8 people), and the ‘seminar room’, which is ideal for larger groups, courses and presentations (max. 15-20 people).