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About Us

Our Story


Sandyholme is a Christian Retreat and Activity Centre offering self-catering accommodation to individuals, couples, families and groups.

Our Vision is to create a space for people to grow in relationship with God and each other.

Our team can help you build a bespoke trip by offering a number of activities that provide opportunities to develop in mind, body and spirit.

Sandyholme is over 100 years old.  It was built by Alexander Berens, an artist, although when he lived there it was called Full Stop in recognition of the fact that he was calling a halt to his extensive travels. Some of the the original artwork that Berens’ created can still be seen in the walls of Sandyholme.  After Berens’ death, the house was purchased by Mr. Mills a local solicitor who converted it to a hostel and named it Sandyholme. Mr. Mills ran Sandyholme as a Christian hostel providing cheap holidays for ministers and missionaries until 1987 when he gifted it to a charity, The Shaftesbury Society, who continued to run it as a hostel/holiday accommodation mainly for their staff until 2006.  The Shaftesbury Society in turn, passed the property on to YMCA Bournemouth who continues to run it as a hostel for retreats, group and family breaks.

YMCA Bournemouth, which works across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, is part of the oldest and largest youth charity in the world. Each local YMCA works across five key areas – Accommodation, Family Work, Health & Wellbeing, Training and Education, and Support and Advice – with the aim of enabling people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit.

YMCA Bournemouth’s vision is of an inclusive Christian movement transforming communities so that all people can belong, contribute and thrive.

 

 

 

News and Social


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RT @YMCABournemouth:During @PurbeckArtWeeks - Discover the stories of 4 First World War soldiers who lived & worked at @VisitSandyholme https://t.co/jgmG9ZZRiz 
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RT @YMCABournemouth:Lots of refurbishments going on at @VisitSandyholme recently - one of the lounge areas with its new flooring, sofas… https://t.co/CgTte9W7i3 

3 years ago
Timeline Photos

Some lovely photos of Old Harry Rocks by Dorset Coastal Cottages: http://goo.gl/iXDcqu. Sandyholme is the perfect place to stay and visit these amazing views for yourself. #dorset #oldharryrocks ... See more

3 years ago
Timeline Photos

Some lovely photos of Old Harry Rocks by Dorset Coastal Cottages: http://goo.gl/iXDcqu. Sandyholme is the perfect place to stay and visit these amazing views for yourself. #dorset #oldharryrocks ... See more

3 years ago
Nine walks to try out in Dorset this weekend

Studland, the Perbecks and Corfe Castle all featured in the Bournemouth Daily Echo's walks to try. Sandyholme is a perfect place to stay and try all of these walks: http://goo.gl/pdhtZ0

Blow away the cobwebs and spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend.