Testimonials

We receive many kind comments from our guests in our Visitors Book and in letters and emails.

Here are a few of them:

"A memorable Christmas - every element of feasting, fellowship and worship. Thank you indeed."
 
“Somehow, the house is greater than any one individual, yet all the individuals are needed to supply warmth and care. It is a soulful place where people have the time to listen; and the 'lost, low and lonely' have the time to speak and be heard without interruption.”
 
"Absolutely beautiful!  We have felt so at home here. Thank you."
 
"With much thanks for all the care you have given us throughout our stay."
 
“It is such a treat to be away from the telephone, the TV, the menu planning, the washing up and there’s no-one needing a clean shirt.”
 
“I find the atmosphere of peace and prayer very uplifting and leave feeling refreshed. Its quite nice to have no mobile signal! The food is excellent and it is a privilege to stay in such a beautiful house and grounds.”
 
“I have been visiting and staying at Parcevall Hall for over 10 years and have very much appreciated the warmth of welcome and hospitality shown by every one of the staff that I have met over this time.  There is a real culture of hospitality which pervades the place.  The way the gardens are managed so that even in the depths of winter they are accessible and beautiful is a real blessing. As well as visiting as part of a group, I have often stayed on an individual basis and have been able to find a peaceful part of the house even when there is a lot going on.”
 
“The welcome at Parcevall is so warm that you feel part of an extended family. The unobtrusive way in which we are looked after is always appreciated; the attentive care for our every need being a hallmark of Parcevall hospitality. The house and gardens are delightful, the location idyllic. The quality of the food is excellent with more than sufficient. The house is very accommodating with its distinctive rooms and rare sense of peace. As a small group we appreciate being offered a place in which we can study, think and reflect together as well as the use of various spaces within the house and gardens and we value the ability to find quiet even when the Hall is busy.”
 
"What a glorious location in sunshine and snow! Far away from the city, a place of peace to be returned to. Thank you."
 
"I have only praise for beautiful Parcevall Hall – it’s been a haven for me at times"
 
“I have always enjoyed the wonderful food, the relaxing ambience of the house and the friendly and very helpful staff. It is a wonderful place to come and find some space to really relax and to reflect.”
 
“We have been visiting the Hall for a number of years and have always received a very warm welcome from the staff. The home cooked food is very enjoyable and the staff will always prepare an alternative dish if required for whatever reason”
 
"Such a beautiful place. Thank you for your great hospitality and warmth."
 
"The meal was very good indeed and the dining room was a delight. I think that people shared my thrill in being in such a memorable old building for the celebration; thank you very much indeed for making this possible."
 
“All staff members are warm, friendly and attentive. Food is consistently good. Home cooking at its best, well planned with thought to detail.”
 
"Amazing, yet again.  Great food, lovely scenery and delightful company.  Can’t wait until the next retreat."
 
"Thank you once again.  You take such care of us.  A lovely tranquil start to the season.  Smashing food!"
 
"Thank you for the friendly welcome, the food, the gardens, the wonderful atmosphere and everything which makes Parcevall such a special place. I had a lovely weekend and didn't want to leave."
 
“The house allows you to ‘be’ in God’s presence & you are uninterrupted especially in silent retreats. The house itself ministers to you, as I discovered on my first ever visit when all the ‘God’ bits went over my head.”
 
“I feel it is my second home! All staff are welcoming and cope with everyone's foibles. The food is great and there is plenty of it - even for vegetarians. There is always a big bowl of fruit.”
 
"A wonderful place for space to think and reflect. Amazing hospitality. Thank you."
 
"A wonderful peaceful place. Very gentle and kind companions in every way."
 
“Parcevall Hall is a place of prayer but definitely not fasting & having such meals for any woman who has to plan, shop, cook and wash up normally put in front of her regularly is a holiday in itself. They also cater for any need. It is wonderful to have homemade food created just on the spot.”
 
“The Staff who remember everyone, their families names, their problems etc. There are not enough words to appreciate & praise them all enough, nothing is too much trouble, the care & feeling of being enfolded into your family at PH is beyond compare.”
 
“Parcevall Hall offers a lovely warm welcome in beautiful surroundings and the ambience of the hall adds to this, and as a regular visitor for many years to this place I feel that that in itself is a compliment. I look forward to each of my visits knowing that I will, when the time comes, once again leave feeling relaxed and refreshed after being looked after by staff that have become more like friends.”
 
"Thank you all so much for your hospitality, help and kindness. A mixture of peace and excitement."
 
“From the first time I visited Parcevall Hall in 2001 it has for me remained the favourite retreat house of all those our group has stayed at.”
 
"Arrived frazzled, left peaceful again.  Thank you"
 
"A wonderful and relaxing experience that will never be forgotten.  Thank you to all the staff."
 
"I came laden with sorrow and the load became lighter. I felt safe and protected and I leave with a glow, a sense of serenity and peace."
 
“I have always found the atmosphere there so warm and welcoming, as if I am being given space to refresh myself without undue intrusion.  The care given by all the staff is exemplary.  I love the 'family-feel' home cooking that seems to be very much a mark of the special kind of hospitality at Parcevall.”
 
“Parcevall Hall is a wonderful place!  It is comfortable, homely, welcoming and the food is amazing.  It is in a beautiful setting and the gardens are beautiful too.  All the staff are friendly and helpful - nothing is ever a bother, and the general atmosphere is warm and relaxing.”
 
"Wonderful as ever.  Peaceful, inspirational retreats both, and looked after by staff superbly well."
 
“Parcevall is a rarity in the modern world. It is a home from home; a 'stately' home; a place for recharge and refreshment; a beautiful 'window' on the seasons of time.”
 
“We had visited Parcevall Hall when we first visited the lovely gardens not knowing about staying there. Later we received a personal recommendation from a friend who had stayed there many times. We were so impressed with everything on our first stay during June 2014, we immediately booked again for 2015.”
 
“We all enjoy being looked after, nothing is too much trouble”
 
“I always feel when there that it is so special that it is almost part of a different world as it is so beautiful and relaxing. Plus of course the staff are great, the food wonderful and the peace inspiring. I am always telling other people about the place.”
 
"A lovely place to find oneself."
 
"Your staff have always been wonderful and have become more than just staff – they are friends."
 
“We only come once a year & keep coming because we just love to come! Everything is perfect for our group! You seem to supply all our needs!”
 
“I've been to a couple of organised Quiet Days and they have been super.  Good welcome, freedom to use a great deal of the house (so helpful) and the garden is just wonderful.”
 
"Thank you for all your kind, generous, thoughtful and excellent hospitality."
 
"Thank you for the wonderful stillness and peace and hospitality."
 
"One feels that God is at the centre of things here.  Some unexpected joy for me."
 
“We all love the tasty comfort food and it does help us feel looked after”
 
“So great not to have to cook and to eat such great food”
 
"Many thanks for a wonderful experience.  What a beautiful house.  The staff are marvellous."
 
"Better than ever!"
 
“Parcevall has a warm and relaxing atmosphere, as soon as I arrive I feel "at home".”
 
“We have been more than impressed with your lovely staff, whom we now regard as personal friends.”
 
“I hear many compliments upon the setting, bedrooms, meeting rooms and the chapel as well as the good food and other aspects of peoples' stays. Trainees find their time with you inspirational and value the quiet setting.”
 
“The staff have always been welcoming, supportive, and non-intrusive. They seem to appear whenever you need them!”
 
“Parcevall is a place where the wells of God’s peace and presence are open and flowing”
 
“We have always been delighted with everything provided and the weekend is a definite highlight in our church life.”
 
“The food has always been first class, the bed linen and rooms spotless, and the staff so helpful. The gardens are always a delight and give us inspiration for our paintings.”
 
“The staff are exceptional, they always make you so very welcome and the delicious homemade meals are a real treat, not to mention the homemade biscuits and cake with coffee and afternoon tea. I always look forward to returning to the peace of Parcevall Hall, it’s a privilege to be able to enjoy this unique place.”
 
"This lovely place just keeps on getting better and better! It is a privilege to stay here."
 
“Underpinning all this is the tangible presence of the Lord; the mysterious factor that makes PH a retreat house, not a hotel, undefinably different. This I believe is due to PH being steeped in prayer, the dedicated staff & not forgetting the Chaplains. This tangible presence I know is felt by non-Christians who come for non-Christian meeting/conferences etc. They have asked ‘What is it that is so different about this place?’”
 
“The peaceful surroundings, great food and comfortable accommodation have always ensured a most beneficial time for study, sharing ideas or just relaxing.”
 
"What an absolute treat it is to spend time here at this beautiful Hall. The peaceful setting and friendships made here will stay in the memory for a long time."
 
“The food is lovely and the accommodation very comfortable. The staff couldn't be more helpful.”
 
"Thanks to you all once again for your hospitality. Perfect as usual. Parcevall has worked its magic yet again."
 
"Many thanks to you and your lovely staff for looking after us so well - the food just gets better each time - the welcome special - the sense of deep peace within the house amazing."
 
“The staff are so welcoming and treat us as old friends”
 
"Time spent at Parcevall is uplifting, restoring and very precious."
 
“I appreciate the homely atmosphere, the good food and the fellowship.  It is that sense of relaxation that comes upon you when driving towards the Hall – the roads get narrower and the anticipation builds until you arrive – wonderful!”
 
"A haven of warmth and hospitality. Many thanks."
 
"Wonderful food, fellowship and fun.  Thank you to all the staff for making us so welcome."
 
"Thank you for offering such a beautiful, warm and hospitable environment for rest and restoration."
 
"We have been privileged again to spend creative time in this beautiful place. We have been well cared for and very well fed. Thank you. The house, the gardens and the views have worked their magic bringing peace and rest and delight. Who could ask for more?"
 
"As ever - perfect! Nowhere else has the atmosphere, food or company!"
 
"A lovely place and we have many happy memories of church weekends there"
 
"So great to be back in this very welcoming environment - the house, the gardens, the hills - and most importantly, the staff!"
 
“Parcevall Hall keeps getting better and better!”
 
“The best breakfasts we have ever had on holiday and we have had some good ones. Really good food!”
 
"Our first visit and hopefully not our last. A beautiful place and a wonderful experience."
 
"A feast of delight in every respect. Thank you."
 
“It is possible to arrive at Parcevall in any state of mind, happy, ill, burdened, confused, or just tired out and what you receive turns out to be what is needed.”
 
"I just wanted to say how much my group enjoyed their weekend at Parcevall Hall. They thought the venue was wonderful, they loved their rooms, the grounds, the food and the staff - helpful but unobtrusive was one comment I picked up.  As an organiser, I didn't have to worry about anything, it really could not have been better."