Set in the Waseley Hills, Worcestershire only twelve miles south of Birmingham, Barnes Close is the residential centre of the Community for Reconciliation. From the south facing patio there are extensive views across the county to the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds. We also have direct access into the Waseley Country Park, 150 acres of hillside and woodland.
Situated in the heart of the country, we are easy to reach from wherever you are as we are located near the M5-M42 junction, making us particularly suitable for organisations holding national meetings.
We are 12 miles from the centre of Birmingham, from where there are frequent trains to Longbridge and buses to Rubery, see ‘How to Find Barnes Close’ below for more details
Barnes Close is home to a small residential community who service both Barnes Close and the Community. Here the Community runs much of its programme of seminars and conferences as well as welcoming groups from churches, schools, youth groups or the ‘secular’ environment for training events, committee meetings, conferences or holidays. In addition members of the Community and friends come for holiday weeks, craft events, children’s camps and retreats.
When you need some personal space we can accommodate individuals needing time away from their job, family, relationship and trauma. Staying alongside the resident team, with most meals provided, you can unwind, reflect, read and pray in the peaceful atmosphere and thereby feel refreshed and renewed to cope again with life at home or work.
At Barnes Close we believe in the importance of good quality home cooked food and can cater for a wide variety of diets. Accommodation is normally provided on a full board basis but half board can be provided on request. Unfortunately we cannot offer a self-catering option.
We also recognise the value of time away from the pressure and interruptions of daily life and want to ensure that your time here with us is fulfilling and successful.
Whatever your need, get in touch and let us see how we can help you and your group in your time together.
• Church Weekends
• Training Events
• Committee Meetings
• Youth Groups
• and more ….
• Common room with real log fire and loop system
• Coffee Lounge/meeting room with loop system
• Chapel with loop system
• 2 Conservatories
• Tuck shop
• Tennis Court
• Five acres of grounds with direct access into the Waseley Country Park offering opportunities for walking.
• Bedrooms are a mixture of single, twin and family rooms.
• 8 en-suite bedrooms, with all others having individual hand basins.
• Although normally sleeping up to 30 people, extra beds can be put into
many rooms, please enquire for details.
In the interest of staff and guests, Barnes Close is a no smoking venue and we do not accept dogs or other animals except guide dogs.
For Your Church
If your church is considering a day, weekend or several days away Barnes Close could be just the setting you are looking for. Your purpose may be to deepen your commitment together during a programme of fun and fellowship and perhaps some Bible study. It may be to prepare and pray for a Festival of Faith, possibly with a Community member to help. Whatever your reason the house with its country park surroundings and the Community’s resources could provide the welcoming atmosphere and ambience for a creative time together.
For Your Seminar or Committee Meeting
Whether you want to hold a day conference or a 48 hour (or longer) residential, undisturbed by the pressure of your normal work situation, Barnes Close could suit your needs. As well as the large Common Room which can be arranged to your requirements and accommodates up to 40 there is also a smaller conference room which can accommodate 15 and several additional rooms for small group work. All these rooms are light and airy and have power points for computers and other equipment.
For Your School or Youth Group
For a relaxed weekend or for a few days midweek for a project or field study work Barnes Close could be the answer to your needs. As well as the facilities mentioned above snooker and table tennis are available indoors as well as extensive grounds and a tennis court for outdoor activities. There is field study potential in the adjacent country park, streams and ponds and there are several motorway observation points nearby. The caring approach of the Community makes Barnes Close very suitable for young people.
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Restrictions on Use
Guests are asked to note that we cannot allow dogs, except registered guide dogs, on to our property, including the land.