Northumberland: Open Day at Minsteracres Retreat Centre

ICN writer Ellen Teague in Giant Sequoia plantation at Minsteracres

ICN writer Ellen Teague in Giant Sequoia plantation at Minsteracres

Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland had long been a place of mystery to many passers-by. But to those in the know, especially those who live locally, it is welcoming and caring and offers a haven for those in need of quiet space or the company of others.

It has now become a tradition for the centre to open its doors to those who would like to find out more about Minsteracres and especially for those who wish to renew their acquaintance with the beautiful house and surroundings. Set in 110 acres of woodland and pasture, the historic house has many surprising features which are well worth a look. Built from the 1750s, the house has undergone changes and in the 1960s the then stable block was converted into accommodation for people on retreat, but all this will become clearer to visitors of the open house event.

Over the past few years this has become a popular go to place on Bank Holiday Monday (7th May) with house tours, the chance to walk around the beautiful Peace Garden and with the added bonus of an on-site café serving home-made savouries, cakes and scones. Volunteers will be on hand to show visitors around and to share their experiences of being part of the Minsteracres team.

"I just love coming to Minsteracres to help out and the Open Day has a very special atmosphere. I think everyone who visits goes home with a clearer idea of what we're about. It's a free day out and there's a great welcome." Said Marie a long established volunteer.

Doors open at 11 am and close at 4 pm and admission is free. All welcome.

For further information please contact Margo Mooney, retreat administrator on 01434 673248

Tags: Minsteracres, Northumberland, Passionists

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