Need to get away from it all?

Your own room

(Unless you want to share with a friend/partner – supplement applies).

No workshops or classes

Just days on end of blissful writing.

All food included (and some wine!)

No cooking, no cleaning. I look after you so that you can focus on writing.

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Open to all writers

Published, unpublished, fiction, non-fiction, poets, academics, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who needs space to think and work is welcome.

Sometimes it’s hard to focus. You’re constantly juggling work, family obligations, distractions, your endless to-do list. 

 

You need to escape.

 

You need a place with a room of your own, where the practical stuff like food is taken care of so your time is entirely your own.

 

Write, read, go on long walks, take baths, chat to other writers, dream, think, play. It’s up to you…

 

Bliss.

Peace and quiet

Well, except for the odd donkey/cockerel. It’s the countryside, after all.

A room of one's own

Bedrooms range from cute little singles to huge kingsizes with claw-foot bathtubs. And no need to share.

Space to write

Be super-productive in the shared workspace, or find a nook to yourself.

I run writers retreats at two venues, both in Devon. Which one suits you?

writing retreat UK

Retreats at The Hideaway

A quirky, rustic two bedroom cottage tucked away in the hills outside Tiverton.

Writing retreats in Devon

County House Retreats

A comfortable, spacious 7-bedroom house near Newton Abbot

Writing Retreat Dates and Prices

Dates go up in batches, so pop your details in the big turquoise signup box below to hear about new dates. They do sell out quickly and writers who have been before get priority booking. If you want to be added to a waiting list for a sold-out session use the contact form to let me know.

Country House Dates (all have 3 or 6 night options)

Fri 12th Jan – Thurs 18th Jan

Fri 26th Jan – Thurs 1st Feb

Fri 9th Mar – Thurs 15th Mar

Fri 16th Mar – Thurs 22nd Mar

Hideaway Dates

Fri 5th – Mon 8th Jan (3 nights only)

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Fri 16th – Mon 19th Feb (3 nights only)

Fri 2nd – Mon 5th Mar (3 nights only)


 Booking – Country House Retreats

6 nights Fri 12th – Thurs 18th Jan 2018 3 nights Fri 12th – Mon 15th Jan  3 nights Mon 15th – Thurs 18th Jan
 Room 1: £535 Room 1: £285 Room 1: £285
 Room 2: £535 Room 2: £285 Room 2: £285
Room 3: £585 Room 3: £310 Room 3: £310
 Room 4: £585 Room 4: £310 Room 4: £310
 Room 5: £625  Room 5: £330 Room 5: £330
 Room 6: £625 Room 6: £330 Room 6: £330
 Room 7: N/A Room 7: SOLD OUT  Room 7: £330
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6 nights Fri 26th Jan – Thurs 1st Feb 2018 3 nights Fri 26th – Mon 29th Jan  3 nights Mon 29th – Thurs 1st Feb
 Room 1: £535 Room 1: £285 Room 1: £285
 Room 2: £535 Room 2: £285 Room 2: £285
Room 3: £585 Room 3: £310 Room 3: £310
 Room 4: £585 Room 4: £310 Room 4: £310
 Room 5: SOLD OUT  Room 5: SOLD OUT Room 5: SOLD OUT
 Room 6: N/A Room 6: £330 Room 6: SOLD OUT
 Room 7: SOLD OUT Room 7: SOLD OUT  Room 7: SOLD OUT
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6 nights Fri 9th – Thurs 15th Mar 2018 3 nights Fri 9th – Mon 12th Mar  3 nights Mon 12th – Thurs 15th Mar
 Room 1: £535 Room 1: £285 Room 1: £285
 Room 2: £535 Room 2: £285 Room 2: £285
Room 3: SOLD OUT Room 3: SOLD OUT Room 3: SOLD OUT
 Room 4: £SOLD OUT Room 4: SOLD OUT Room 4: SOLD OUT
 Room 5: £625  Room 5: £330 Room 5: £330
 Room 6: N/A Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: £330
 Room 7: N/A Room 7: SOLD OUT  Room 7: £330
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6 nights Fri 16th – Thurs 22nd Mar 2018 3 nights Fri 16th – Mon 19th Mar  3 nights Mon 19th – Thurs 22nd Mar
 Room 1: £535 Room 1: £285 Room 1: £285
 Room 2: £535 Room 2: £285 Room 2: £285
Room 3: £585 Room 3: £310 Room 3: £310
 Room 4: SOLD OUT  Room 4: SOLD OUT  Room 4: SOLD OUT
 Room 5: SOLD OUT  Room 5: SOLD OUT  Room 5: SOLD OUT
 Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: SOLD OUT
 Room 7: SOLD OUT Room 7: SOLD OUT  Room 7: SOLD OUT
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 Booking – Hideaway Retreats

 3 nights Fri 5th – Mon 8th Jan 2018
West Room: £310
East Room: £310
BOOKING OPENS MIDDAY THURS 14 DEC

 

6 nights Fri 16th – Thurs 22nd Feb 2018 3 nights Fri 16th – Mon 19th Feb  3 nights Mon 19th – Thurs 22nd Feb
West Room: N/A West Room: £310 West Room: SOLD OUT
East Room: £585 East Room: £310 East Room: £310
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 3 nights Fri 2nd – Mon 5th Mar 2018
West Room: SOLD OUT
East Room: £310
BOOKING OPENS MIDDAY THURS 14 DEC

Winter 2018 Prices

Room type 6 nights 3 nights
Single, shared bathroom £535 £285
Double, shared bathroom or small en-suite double £585 £310
Large double, en-suite £625 £330

 

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Country House Retreats – Welcome to Writer Heaven

Easy to reach

20 minute taxi from a mainline station (Newton Abbot in Devon).

Your own room

(Unless you want to share with a friend/partner – supplement applies).

No workshops or classes

Just days on end of blissful writing to focus on your own project.

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Three or six nights

Arrive at 6pm on your first day and leave at 4:30pm on the last day to maximise writing time.

All food included (and some wine!)

No cooking, no cleaning. I look after you so that you can focus on writing.

En-suite Rooms

Room 7

An en-suite double in the attic.

It has a huge kingsize bed that’s all yours, an armchair and a table you can write at.

There’s also a little window seat and a bathroom, including a free-standing slipper bath with hand-held shower.

Room 6

An en-suite double in the attic that mirrors room 7.

It has a huge kingsize bed that’s all yours, an armchair and a table you can write at.

There’s also a little window seat and a bathroom, including a free-standing slipper bath with hand-held shower.

Room 5

 

A large family room with an en-suite bathroom, all to yourself.

It has a kingsize bed, a single bed in the corner, a sofa and armchairs and a big window seat.

 

Room 3

A smallish room above the kitchen at the back of the house.

This means you do get noise from the kitchen and the wifi doesn’t work properly in this room, so it’s perfect for people who like working in cafes, want to escape the distractions of the internet or intend to write in the work room but not great if you’re very noise-sensitive.

It has a brand new king-size bed and its own bathroom with a deep bath (no shower), woohoo!

 

 

Rooms With Shared Bathrooms

 

 

Room 4

A big double with a kingsize bed all to yourself, a chaise-longue, window seat and a couple of armchairs.

There’s also a small table if you’d like to write in your room and shared bathrooms (two bathrooms between three rooms).

 

Room 2

A pretty single room with a huge window.

It’s small, with a single bed and shared bathrooms (two bathrooms between three rooms).

Room 1

 

A cosy attic room with a window seat.

It’s small and sweet, with a single bed and shared bathrooms (two bathrooms between three rooms).

 

 

 

Bathrooms

 

Three bedrooms share two bathrooms, so there’s never a rush.

 

The Hideaway – Where the Wild Words Are

No workshops or classes

Just days on end of blissful writing to focus on your own project.

Your own room

(Unless you want to share with a friend/partner – supplement applies).

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Three or six nights

Arrive at 4pm so you can find us while it’s light! We may need you to vacate your bedroom around 10am, but you can get a full morning of writing in in the communal areas then leave at 1pm after an early lunch.

Rural bliss

15 miles from a mainline station (Tiverton Parkway in Devon).

All food included (and some wine!)

No group cooking, no cleaning. I look after you so that you can focus on writing.

On my first visit to the cottage I sat on a swing bench with a coffee, looking down a beautiful valley with not another building in sight, listening to birds and tractors.

 

The rest of the world and all the stress I’d been under just melted away and I never wanted to leave.

 

I wished I could stay a few days away from the madness and just write.

 

On the way home, my partner asked if we could run retreats from here. I said no: it’s too rustic and old-school, it doesn’t have mod-cons that people expect (TVs, en-suites, traditional central heating), it’s on a ridiculous slope, there’s grass growing up the middle of the road.

 

Then we visited again, and again, and each time I fell more in love.

 

We couldn’t resist.

 

We moved in. Visitors started coming, and writers. They all loved it too, quirks and all.

 

We have a big woodburner that heats the house, water from our own spring, solar tubes on the roof to heat the bath, a large veg patch to grow food in, ducks and chickens running around. We even have good wifi most of the time.

 

It’s imperfect and unusual and rough around the edges… and also a little bit magic. I don’t know what makes it so special, but if such a thing can exist, this is a place with soul.

 

It’s a place to think and create and just be. And isn’t that just what you were looking for?

 

Time to think

Get away from the stresses of everyday life and just write

A place to relax

I’ll take care of boring practicalities like food so you can just work

Space to write

Your own double room, with a desk and a comfy chair

Rooms are first come-first served. I’ll do my best to allocate you the type of room you request, but you’re asked for 2 choices and I’ll let you know the options if there are any problems. Please make sure you check availability before filling in the booking form. Once you’ve booked, I’ll email you (this can take a few days) to confirm I’ve got your request and to send an invoice, and you’ll then have a week to transfer the money in order to secure your room. Rooms can’t be held without payment. Cancellations and date changes must be made six weeks ahead of your retreat start date for a refund. If you cancel or change dates between three and six weeks ahead of your retreat date you’ll be entitled to a 50% refund. After this date, no refunds or changes are possible. All cancellations and booking changes are also subject to a £30 admin fee. Please make sure that you have travel insurance in case you’re unable to come to the retreat at the last minute, have trouble on the journey, etc. You’ll arrive in the evening of your first day (from 6pm) and you may have to vacate your room after breakfast on your last day so that your room can be prepared for new arrivals, but you don’t have to leave until 4:30pm so that you get the maximum possible writing time. Please note that I’m a home cook and can’t deal with severe food intolerances or particularly difficult requirements. If you think you might fit into this category, please contact me before booking.