Holland House stands in three acres of beautiful gardens alongside the River Avon and is situated in the beautiful Vale of Evesham, an area with a long history of market gardening including some of the best quality apples, plums, pears and, of course, the famous ‘gras’ (asparagus). Since 1946 it has been a Retreat House, offering opportunities for both individuals or groups to visit either for a single day or longer residential retreats. With 27 bedrooms, a beautiful bespoke chapel, a variety of meeting rooms and 4 acres of gardens, Holland House is a fabulous venue in which to rest, create, learn, discuss, or simply to have some quiet time.
The House is overseen by an independent trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, with close links to the Anglican Diocese of Worcester. The staff include a Warden, administrative, kitchen and housekeeping staff, with many others coming into the House to lead retreats and other activities. Many people who have experienced the welcome, hospitality and ethos here continue to support the work of the House, both financially and through voluntary help, by becoming ‘Friends of Holland House’. Please come and visit us soon – perhaps you too may feel the call of the House to become a Friend!
In 2014 the Trustees set out the vision for Holland House:
- Holland House actively seeks to be “in harmony with creation”. This means understanding our relationship and place in the universe as human beings, both as individuals and groups, in a creation filled with many other kinds of being, all of whom reflect the glory of God.
- Holland House seeks to provide the space, time and ethos that will facilitate an authentic encounter with self, the other and the Divine – whether on a spiritual retreat, at a business meeting, walking in the gardens, or sitting in quiet prayer and meditation.
- As a Christian Retreat House, being in harmony with creation also means finding harmony with other faith traditions, and in support of this Holland House seeks to encourage people from other traditions to use the House and to share the treasures of their own faith with us. Holland House works in partnership with Worcester Interfaith Forum in support of this aim.
- The vision for Holland House is to increasingly become a place that enables this encounter to take place whilst remaining rooted in its Christian tradition. By positively inviting people of every faith and none to share their own encounters with the Divine, Holland House actively pursues its stated aim: to discover and promote harmony with all creation.
Award Winning Retreat House
In 2011 Holland House won the Community Vote Award at the National Footprint Awards held in London. As the only charitable organisation to be entered for the Award, the competition from commercial organisations was strong. However, sponsored and encouraged by The Sustainable Restaurant Association (we are founder members, joining long before Jamie Oliver and Antonio Carluccio), we were invited to the Award ceremony held at the RIBA building in Portland Place London, where we were presented with this prestigious Award.
The Award is given to small to medium sized organisations within the hospitality sector for excellence in running businesses sustainably.
We are very proud of our Award as it proves that small Christian charities can compete with commercial organisations in terms of an ethical approach to business, and win!
We not only run our business sustainably, but we manage our gardens without poisons of any kind and provide habitat for bees, butterflies, damsel flies, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, slow-worms and a large variety of birds including resident ravens. The photo of this Coma butterfly was taken in Holland House garden – no pesticides used here!
If you’d like to be become involved with supporting Holland House, please consider joining the Friends of Holland House
Holland House CIO is registered with the Charity Commission No 1179244