Glyndley Manor is renowned for its warm, family like atmosphere and is set in the beautiful countryside of East Sussex, near the south coast of England. As well as running Explore and many other courses, Glyndley is also the home to Transform, Ellel’s longest retreat-style event that lasts 20-days. Restoration Weeks also offer another retreat style option for those wanting to step out of the world to receive healing and hear God’s voice for their life.
For many who come here, Glyndley becomes a home away from home! Small enough to make you comfortable but big enough to enjoy the privacy needed for a healing journey with Jesus.
Our vision and heart at Glyndley focuses on ‘Restoration’ and ‘Family’ by providing people with a safe place to allow God to meet with them personally so they can receive the healing and restoration they need and to equip and train the church to minister to others.
There are a wide selection of courses available, some that are teaching based on subjects such as marriage, relationships and leadership. Our other type of courses are less teaching based and more of a retreat style programme. Unique to Glyndley, we use our homely setting to provide a place set apart for guests to “do business with God”, and is somewhere to listen to God’s word of healing or direction for their lives.
We look forward to welcoming and serving you at Glyndley.
In 1991, Glyndley Manor was purchased by the Christian Trust for the southern extension of the work of Ellel Ministries. The Manor itself was first built in the 16th century during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 to 1603). William the Conqueror landed in England about 3 miles east of Glyndley in the most memorable of years, 1066. Over a century before, a Royal Charter of King Eadred (947) refers to ‘three hides of land at West Hankham and Glynleigh.’ Reference is made in a list of ‘dissenting congregations’ in Sussex, dated 1715, to a Presbyterian congregation of 110 meeting at Glinley near Hailsham.
There are also 34 Holiday Cottages on site, which came under the management of Ellel Ministries in 2000. These were built in 1978 and are part of the vision of what God had in store for Glyndley Manor. Several alterations have been made to the Manor since 1991: conference room extension, building bedrooms, the lift and accessible toilets (2013) and the creativity centre (2018). The Manor is only a few miles away from the south coast of England, with a wealth of beautiful Sussex countryside readily accessible.
Here at Ellel Glyndley we run a varied range of courses: We run EXPLORE which is a series of weekend courses designed to train and equip God’s people through a journey of transformation.
In addition, we host special Restoration Weeks. These weeks are ideal if you desire to go deeper with your relationship with God. They include teaching sessions, creativity workshops, fellowship, and opportunity to receive personal ministry. We offer a range of topics for you to choose from.
We also have a new 20-day retreat style programme called Transform. It’s the perfect opportunity to realign your life with God, spending time in devotionals, listening to God and receiving from Him the healing you need.
We then have a full calendar of weekend courses, Healing Retreats and free events for you to choose from. As well as the events held at the centre, we have some special offers available to pastors and leaders, to provide refreshment, rest, and restoration.
Glyndley Manor offers some longer residential courses, ideal for those that want to go deeper into their Christian walk. Glyndley runs Ellel’s popular Explore course, which is held over a series of weekend events. Our new event is Transform, that isn’t one of our longer training programme’s but is a new retreat style opportunity – the focus is to come and connect with God. “To be”, rather than “to do”. We hope you can join us.
At Ellel Glyndley Manor, Explore is a series of weekend courses designed to train and equip God’s people through a journey of learning, understanding and personal transformation.
Explore is ideal for those who would like a training course spread across a whole year (with an option to do a second year’s course), enabling you to enjoy rich fellowship with new friends, discover and apply healing principles in your life and that of others, and grow in a deeper understanding of your personal relationship with God. The core aims of the course are to envision your walk with the Lord, grow your spiritual gifts, cleanse and heal past and present wounds in your life and help prepare your next steps in what God has for your life. Between each course you will have the time to use your Explore teaching notes and journal and apply those truths, reflecting on each step of your journey. It’s a thrilling spiritual journey and we think you will love it!
How amazing would it be if you could spend three weeks with God, in a safe and encouraging place, filled with fellowship, encouragement, guidance and prayer to help you move forward into the life God has planned for you? Transform is Ellel’s longest retreat-style event which aims to help you live your life as God intended.
Transform is a carefully laid out programme, designed to allow you to get the best out of your time investment. There will be lots of opportunity to receive through the team that will come alongside you. There will be plenty of time for fun, fellowship, many and varied activities but most importantly also time to be with God and to hear from His heart.
Ellel Glyndley Manor runs a full schedule of short courses that cover many subjects. We especially recommend our Restoration Weeks, which are run several times a year on different themes. There is a choice of many other shorter courses, including free teaching taster days and the convenience of long weekend courses.
Restoration Weeks are an insightful blend of teaching and ministry, designed to build you back up from a place of woundedness into renewal.
Who are they for?
Glyndley Manor runs a variety of 1-4 day courses with residential and non-residential options. Explore can be booked on a per-course basis, though for greatest impact, we highly recommend committing to the entire weekend series of Explore. Some courses are so popular that we run them on a regular basis, such as Getting to the Root of the Problem.
A number of our shorter courses have healing prayer ministry opportunities – check the course’s page for more details. Examples of the 1-4 day courses we may run are as follows:
And much more!
Have you got questions about who Ellel Ministries are? Or perhaps you’d like to know more about healing and discipleship?
Our exciting free days will give you the opportunity of tasting for yourself some of the helpful teaching at Glyndley Manor as we look at various aspects of healing. Come and find out what God can do for you! The day begins with coffee and registration followed by a time of worship, leading into ‘bite sized’ teaching on a variety of topics such as Inner healing, deliverance ministry, ungodly fear and how to hear God. We will enjoy a cooked lunch, afternoon refreshments and time to discover the beautiful grounds and the holiday cottages. There is usually an opportunity for prayer ministry at the end of the day.
Next Events at Glyndley Manor
One of our foundational scriptures is Luke 9:11,
“Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the kingdom of God, and healed those in need.”
These three elements make up our work at Ellel Glyndley Manor.
Where do we start? How do we begin to change? No matter who you are — or where you are in your relationship with God — Our desire is to facilitate healing and restoration in your Christian walk, as well as to equip and train you to minister to others.
So, come, start your journey today.
I came a very angry, broken and confused person who desperately wanted a quick fix. My mind was trapped, full of tormenting thoughts and memories, a constant barrage of regret, grief, hurt and anger. Although still on a journey of healing, I can now see God’s transforming power in my life.
We do hope you make yourself comfortable during your stay; we have a relaxing lounge with puzzles and board games aplenty!
If you prefer reading, you may want to indulge in some inspiring and very helpful reads from our well stocked bookshop, or perhaps find a book in our little lending library below the stairs. Or just enjoy a good cup of tea or coffee in the bar area. As beautiful and welcoming as we hope you find the indoors, we do hope you find a chance to pop outside and enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds. During your time here, you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool (summer months) and the fishing lake.
We offer a wide range of accommodation. For each course, there are different types of accommodation depending on preference.
Dormitory (4-6 sharing), Standard (3-4 sharing), Twin (2-sharing) and Single (limited availability). All bedrooms are en-suite. The non-residential option is inclusive of all meals except breakfast. We also have self-catering Holiday Cottages on site if you prefer to stay in one of those. They are available for rent throughout the year and are ideal if you prefer more privacy, are coming along with family, carers, have special dietary requirements or would like to combine your holidays with a course.
Most are two-bedroom cottages, one has three bedrooms and there is one studio cottage. The three-bedroom cottage has been adapted for wheelchair users and includes an en-suite wet-room with emergency pull cord. Further details are available upon request. Cottage accommodation option is inclusive of all meals.*
Ever wondered what it’s like to serve in a Christian Ministry? Do you have a desire to serve God? If so, then perhaps the Lord is calling you to serve him here at Glyndley Manor.
Our team comes from a range of different backgrounds, cultures and skills. We enjoy working, serving, and living together as family. Apart from daily service, we also enjoy team outings, various team-building activities and a discipleship programme. All vacancies are a living-in position, with full board, shared accommodation and a small allowance to cover personal expenses. If you would like to have more information, contact our office at:
firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 01323 440440
*Applicants will need to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.
Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at Ellel Glyndley Manor! You will then receive a set of teaching notes for the course you are attending.
Our courses generally include times of worship, teaching, creativity or reflection time, and opportunities for personal prayer ministry. Every course has a slightly different emphasis, so times available for prayer ministry vary – some courses include more intensive teaching while others allow more time for reflection and practical ministry. Please call us if you need more information.
During your stay, sit back and relax as the team serve your meals and offer a cup of tea, coffee and biscuits at the bar with a smile. We aim to produce wholesome and nutritious meals. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for any special dietary needs although we do ensure that the appropriate facilities (i.e. fridge, microwave) are available for you to heat up or chill any supplements you’ve brought with you. Our catering team works on a set menu basis. A vegetarian option is available if pre-booked. At the time of booking, the menu can be sent on request. Please contact us in case of any further questions or information.
Robert & Irma Steel
Ellel Glyndley Manor
Ellel Glyndley Manor
Centre Directors, Ellel Glyndley Manor
Robert and Irma Steel have been involved in the work of Ellel Ministries since the early 2000s. They are the Ellel Glyndley Manor Centre Directors and Robert is part of the Executive Leadership for Ellel Ministries International.
Both Robert and Irma come from countries in the southern hemisphere (Australia and Indonesia), they met in Riverview Bible College, Perth, Western Australia. They both have a passion to see people’s lives transformed through the teaching and ministering of God’s word, helping them to apply it to their lives and to see them fulfil their God given destiny.
Robert and Irma feel called to the UK and after receiving citizenship, has enabled them to continue serving the Lord with Ellel Ministries in the UK.
Robert and Irma have a son, Nathan, who loves people, languages and would like to be a secondary school teacher.
Ellel Glyndley Manor
Ellel Glyndley Manor
Leader, Ellel Glyndley Manor
Alison Scarborough was inspired to work with Ellel Ministries in 1989 after she heard Peter Horrobin share the vision at a conference. Alison then volunteered over two summer breaks and after completing the “Nine-week school” in 1996, at Glyndley Manor, joined the full-time team in 1997. Alison is currently part of the leadership, overseeing ministry and teaching at the centre. She has travelled to share in teaching at some of Ellel`s other European Centres and enjoyed significant time with the Ellel Ireland team. Before joining Ellel Alison was a nurse and midwife who was especially interested in neuro-intensive care and infectious diseases. Alison loves singing, travelling by train, rainbows, and sparkly things.
Ellel Glyndley Manor, like all other Ellel centres relies on the free-will giving of God’s people to support the ministry. This giving enables us to continue offering personal prayer ministry free of charge to those in need and so with each gift comes the potential for a changed life! Our centres also need regular maintenance and sometimes significant projects are required to enable us to keep going with the vision God has given us. If you would like to specifically financially support the Ellel Glyndley Manor centre please use this simple form. Alternatively please send a cheque payable to ‘Ellel Ministries’ to the address shown in the ‘Contact’ section of this page. Thank you for your support.
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Some drivers have found using their SATNAV only give directions to Stone Cross and no directions to Glyndley Manor. On request we can email detailed travel information with various route options to Glyndley or use multimap.co.uk with “BN24 5BS Glyndley Manor”.
Polegate station is the nearest train station to Glyndley Manor. At Polegate station taxis are normally available and the fare to Glyndley is about £10.00.
Local taxis are readily available to and from Glyndley Manor. Contact us for taxi phone numbers, if required.
London Gatwick Airport is the nearest airport to Glyndley. There is a train station at the airport’s South Terminal where there are direct trains to Eastbourne station once every ½ hour. Travel time is about 45 min. If you fly into London Heathrow Airport, take the coach National Express, which runs approximately every 10 minutes, to Gatwick Airport South Terminal. Journey time is about 70 minutes.
We offer a wide range of accommodation. For each course, there are different types of accommodation depending on preference. These include:
All bedrooms are en-suite. The non-residential option is inclusive of all meals except breakfast.
We also have self-catering Holiday Cottages on site if you prefer to stay in one of those. They are available for rent throughout the year and are ideal if you prefer more privacy, are coming along with family, carers, have special dietary requirements or would like to combine your holidays with a course. Most are two-bedroom cottages, one has three bedrooms and there is one studio cottage. The three-bedroom cottage has been adapted for wheelchair users and includes an en-suite wet-room with emergency pull cord. Further details are available upon request. Cottage accommodation option is inclusive of all meals.*
Reception hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-4.30pm (closed Monday). If you would like to purchase CD’s, books, etc. please do so within these hours. When reception is closed, the front door will be locked for security reasons. The front & side doors can be used with the code given to you for access up to 11pm. As the door codes do not operate between 11pm – 7.00am, kindly note there is no access into the building. In the unlikely event, you are outside during these hours, please follow the instructions on the emergency phone.
Breakfast and Supper drinks will be on a self-service basis in the bar and dining room area. Between service times, feel free to use the hot drinks machine. We are unable to cater for different diets as all meals are provided from a set menu. We have two “self-service stations” to refill milk, coffee, tea, sugar portions along the corridor between rooms. On the last morning of the course, you will be requested to bring down your used bedding and use the clean linen in the wardrobe to make the bed.
Free WiFi internet access is available throughout the house.
We have limited bedrooms available so please enquire when booking your room if we have availability. There is wheelchair access to our main meeting room via our lift.
We have a main car park in front of the house for all our guests. (all cars are parked at your own risk).
Herstmonceux Castle is just ten miles away from Glyndley Manor, making it a great day trip destination to this medieval landmark. Dating from the 15th Century, it is one of the oldest significant brick buildings still standing in England.
10 miles south to Glyndley is England’s south coast, which is identified by its stunning white cliffs made of chalk. Along these high cliffs are walks with magnificent views, making it a perfect day out. Steps can be found down to the pebble beachside below the cliffs.
6 miles south to Glyndley is Eastbourne, our nearest town, situated on the coast. Great for a day out shopping, or wandering along the beachside promenade where you will find the pier and seaside fun.
Glyndley Manor has its own attractions, including an outdoor swimming pool for the summer, a fishing lake, and a creativity building for guests on our creativity courses.