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Time and space in Two Special Houses

Holy Rood House

Built during the late 19th century, Holy Rood is primarily a home and community. Before the Sisters of the Holy Rood came from Middlesborough in the 1970s it was a school known as Sowerby Lodge. The extensive gardens include an orchard, animals in the paddock, labyrinth, herb garden and pond, quiet garden and garden chapel. Many of our guests speak of the peace they feel as they come through the gate.


I arrived and this house wrapped itself               around me. I felt safe and secure


Here at Holy Rood House you can relax and be yourself. As well as the community lounge, there are small sitting spaces and the Chapel, and everyone has a room of their own. Our guests find the spaces that are right for them.


Space – where my only responsibility

was TO BE


Our small residential community welcomes guests to their home. We all share our meals, prayer, conversation, laughter and quiet moments together. The friendship found in Holy Rood House is appreciated because our guests know we are sensitive to confidentiality and work within professional boundaries.


Through friendship and trust

I have learnt to face my darkness     

Thorpe House


Situated in the picturesque village of Sowerby, and within easy walking distance of the centre of Thirsk. Thorpe House is next to Holy Rood House, and forms part of the Centre for Health and Pastoral Care, housing the library, creative art studio, two conference rooms and smaller breakout rooms.

This elegant Edwardian house enjoys spectacular views across The Flatts to the Hambleton Hills. Thorpe House is especially known as the former home of Miss Warner, alias Mrs Pumphrey with Tricki-Woo, of All Creatures Great and Small.

Thorpe House provides a unique meeting space, a professional approach within a warm and welcoming environment. The staff work with you to meet the particular needs of your group.


You can also hire this welcoming and versatile venue for a family celebration, children’s party or other special occasion. It may be possible for you to hire both houses, providing residential space for your guests.


Our guests appreciate moving from one house to the other, for example, groups working hard in Thorpe House are able to chill out in Holy Rood House.





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