Facilities & Accomodations

Main Building

The bathrooms and pavilion area are open to all guests. The indoor kitchen/dining area and conference hall are available for an additional rental fee.

Open Air Pavilion

The pavilion can provide seating for 50-60 people and is an ideal space for lessons, fellowship and corporate worship.

Upstairs Conference Hall

The upstairs conference hall seats 80 people, is air conditioned, and has audio/visual equipment available. A small office occupies the east side.

Dining Room

The dining area sits 40 people comfortably with additional seating overflow under the pavilion.


The kitchen is commercial restaurant sized and is sufficiently equipped to feed over 100 people. It has lots of freezer and refrigerator space as well as a large walk-in pantry.


The kitchen has large griddle and a large oven with six burners. A convection oven, serving area with heated holding trays, and dishwasher are also available.


Showers facilities are accessed at the rear of the main building. Bathrooms and shower entrances remain available even if the main building is locked.


A washer and dryer is located on the downstairs floor and is available for all events that also rent the conference hall.


The Machen Retreat and Conference Center has seven cabins, six tent sites and three RV sites. There is a shower area in the main building. Campers should expect to bring their own bedding, pillows, towels and toiletries.

Warm Weather Cabins

There are four warm weather cabins available all with electrical service. Several summer cabins have been split by the introduction of a small entry and a dividing wall, this allows for families of up to six to have their private room. Each cabin has twelve bunks.

Winterized Cabins

There are three winterized cabins that can be used comfortably year around. For colder seasons, each of the three winterized bunkhouses have baseboard heating strips and are weather sealed.

Tent and RV Sites

There are three RV sites with electrical connections. They are easy to park in and close to the main building. The six tent sites have a base of wood chips.


Field Activities

There is large, open green for field games, full size volleyball nets, and a regulation-size, hard-packed court for playing basketball.


Tire Town

A spacious playground area for the young ones. Tire Town sits at the edge of the woods and has large tire structures for lots of climbing , jumping and crawling.


There is a nearby swimming hole on the Bull Pasture river.

Gun Range

A short gun range for pistols and small caliber rifles is located on the north edge of the property.


There are two large caves which individuals may explore at their own risk. Practice safe caving.

Machen Retreat and Conference Center


20 Bentley Dr
Sterling, VA 20165-6004


6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458


Retreat: (540)396-3650
Information: (703)477-5670

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2