Leisure Breaks and Personal Retreats

Leisure Breaks and Personal Retreats at Nicholaston House

 Nicholaston House is the perfect place for a short leisure break or personal retreat. Optional Chapel times are available with the House team during the week.

Please note: these leisure rates are inclusive of VAT.

Painting Break with Jackie Davies and Irene Thomas

Painting with a Difference!

23 - 27 March 2020

See also: 2020-07-13 | 13 - 17 July 2020 | Painting Break at Nicholaston House Christian Retreat Centre, Gower, Swansea, Wales

Event Type: Recreational Leisure Break

Theme/Focus: Painting

Board: Full-Board (breakfast, light/packed lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal)

Check In: 4 p.m. Monday

Departure: 10 a.m. Friday

Back by popular demand!

This painting break is led by local artists and experienced course leaders: Jackie Davies and Irene Thomas.

Come to improve your painting skills, learn new techniques and enjoy the friendship of like-minded people in a stunning location. The course may include the use of mixed-media, collage, mark making with brushes, palette knives and also painting without brushes.

Painting demonstrations will be given and each person given individual attention and encouragement, whether you are a seasoned artist or trying a new skill.

Rates (4-nights, full-board):

  • £399 (incl. VAT) – guaranteed single occupancy of a non-single room
  • £299 (incl. VAT) – single occupancy of a single room (limited rooms available)
  • £299 (incl. VAT) – shared occupancy of a non-single room
  • £129 (incl. VAT) - non-residential, includes lunch Tuesday - Thursday
  • £189 (incl. VAT) - non-residential, includes lunch and evening meal Monday - Thursday

Equipment to bring (basic list - small additions to this list may be added nearer the event start):

  • A good set of acrylic paints, which includes the main primary colours and plant of white - Daler Rowney or Windsor and Newton are recommended;
  • Brushes specifically designed for acrylics: small, medium, a large flat and fan brush - Daler Rowney Graduate brushes are good value;
  • Palette knives;
  • Pencils;
  • PVA glue (not washable type);
  • Oil pastels;
  • Canvases A4 x2 (A3 size or larger if you are feeling brave);
  • Old clothes to wear as acrylic paint cannot be removed.

Booking Process:

  1. Telephone (01792) 371317 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability;
  2. If availability is confirmed, please complete the online booking form below;
  3. Please telephone to pay the deposit or amount due by card or send your payment by cheque or *BACS within 5 days of submitting your form;
  4. All bookings are subject to terms and conditions;
  5. Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to arrival.

*Please contact us for BACS payment details. We require a notification that a BACS payment has been made so we may confirm this and generate a payment receipt.


GOD'S House: The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock.The incredible story of a retreat house in one of Wales’ most spectacular beauty spots has been published.

‘God’s House’ is a detailed account of how Nicholaston House came into existence by the man who had the vision and was given instruction direct from God.

In 1990 God unmistakably led Sue and Derrick Hancock to Swansea to see a vision fulfilled which God had given them some years previously. The booklet (A5, 53 pages, colour) gives a brief factual account of what God did and is doing. It has been written for two reasons - to give glory to God and to show what very ordinary people can do when they step out in faith with God. 'All that we have accomplished, You have done for us' - Isaiah 26 v 12.