Saturday, 6 June 2015
Bethany - "A Priest Hole" in East Sussex. A place of retreat for priests.
Bethany chapel is in the grounds of Diamond Farmhouse, owned by the Talbot family.
The front page of the brochure says,
"Every priest needs a place to get away from parish life and chill out. A place where he can re-charge his batteries, physical, mental and spiritual. Bethany is just such a place".
Pam Talbot runs the estate or small-holding - where there are many animals such as chickens, ducks, and fish, not to mention a dog and even a hedgehog. These all have names. The farmhouse sits in the East Sussex countryside with lovely views.
Bethany chapel forms part of the old outbuildings of the farm, and is attached to a 2 bedroom single-storey building, including a combined drawing-room, dining room, a kitchen and a shower-room.
One of Pam's sons is Father Anthony - and he built the altar in the chapel. See the photo below. The chapel is fully equiped for Mass and provides a tranquil space for prayer.
The brochure says priests can be totally independent - cooking for themselves, or they may have a meal prepared for them by Pam (a jolly good cook too! Pam's homemade icecream is amazing!). There are a number of country pubs nearby, and there are a number of takeaways in nearby Uckfield.
There is a wood within walking distance, called Slays Wood. This is a great place for walks.
There is no charge to stay at Bethany but donations are much appreciated to help defray the maintenance costs.
If you would like to enquire further, please contact
MRS PAM TALBOT