Our annexe (converted barn) is primarily set up for small group retreats, or to provide further accommodation for retreats in the house. However, most of such retreats take place at weekends, so we would like to make use of the annexe on weekdays to offer 5 day solitary retreats from Sunday to Friday. To encourage people to book solitary retreats during that time we are offering a special deal of £100 basic payment to cover five days for one person (as usual we’d then like to encourage an additional donation at the end if you can afford it and were happy with your stay).
‘Solitary retreat’ here means a time set apart for one person who is primarily intending to engage in practice or practices: for instance meditation, study, the arts, writing, or body work. We can’t guarantee that you will never meet anyone during your solitary retreat, but we will leave you undisturbed, and (if you prefer) not speak to you if we meet you outside. We will normally be available in the house (or on the phone) in an emergency.
The annexe includes everything you are likely to need on a solitary retreat, including a self-catering kitchen with a stove and fridge-freezer, and a bathroom with independent hot water. There is a wood stove and electric radiators to keep you warm in winter. Please see our Independent Group Retreats page for more about the annexe and its facilities, including more pictures.
If you want to book the annexe for a solitary retreat, please contact us first to check that your preferred dates are available, then submit a booking form and basic payment from our costs and booking page. In the ‘name of retreat’ section please write ‘solitary retreat in the annexe’, and if you want to take advantage of the special five day deal, just write in the dates for your five day period but pay for four days. Please note that if you want to book any other period than Sun to Fri, it will cost the normal £25 per night self-catering basic rate, and that we don’t accept any bookings for solitaries over weekends more than 2 months in advance (to allow independent group bookings that will make better use of the accommodation).