Need to get away from it all? 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.

Sometimes it’s hard to focus.

 

What you really want is to get away from the city, away from work, away from chores and distractions and to-do list.

 

You need to escape.

 

You need a place where the practical stuff like food is taken care of so all you have to do is write.

 

Maybe you could even read for a few hours, go for a long walk, take a bath, chat with other writers…

 

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

Working alongside others in the shared workroom is incredibly productive, but you can always find a quiet corner to yourself.


Writing Retreat Dates and Prices

Only listed dates listed are available, as the dates I can rent the house are limited. The next set of dates will run from January 2017 – pop your details in the big turquoise signup box below to hear about new dates.

Please note that writers who have been before get priority booking, so some rooms may already be sold. If you want to be added to a waiting list for a sold-out session just use the contact form to let me know.

I’m always on the lookout for new venues, so please let me know if you have a suggestion.

Devon Retreats Winter 2017 (Jan-March)

Look for the turquoise box below and sign up to find out when bookings open (December 2016)

Fri 27th Jan – Thurs 2nd Feb 2017

Fri 27th Jan – Thurs 2nd Feb Fri 27th – Mon 30th Jan Mon 30th Jan – Thurs 2nd Feb
Room 1: SOLD OUT Room 1: SOLD OUT Room 1: SOLD OUT
Room 2: N/A Room 2: SOLD OUT Room 2: SOLD OUT
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: 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
We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us.

Fri 3rd Feb – Thurs 9th Feb 2017

Fri 3rd – Thurs 9th Feb Fri 3rd – Mon 6th Feb Mon 6th – Thurs 9th Feb
Room 1: N/A Room 1: SOLD OUT Room 1: SOLD OUT
Room 2: N/A Room 2: SOLD OUT Room 2: SOLD OUT
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: SOLD OUT Room 5: SOLD OUT Room 5: SOLD OUT
Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: SOLD OUT
Room 7: N/A Room 7: SOLD OUT Room 7: SOLD OUT
We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us.

Fri 3rd – Thurs 9th March 2017

Fri 3rd – Thurs 9th March Fri 3rd – Mon 6th March Mon 6th – Thurs 9th March
Room 1: N/A Room 1: SOLD OUT Room 1: SOLD OUT
Room 2: SOLD OUT Room 2: SOLD OUT Room 2: SOLD OUT
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: N/A Room 5: SOLD OUT Room 5: SOLD OUT
Room 6: N/A Room 6: SOLD OUT Room 6: SOLD OUT
Room 7: SOLD OUT Room 7: SOLD OUT Room 7: SOLD OUT
We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us. We are still confirming bookings so things might change. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please email us.

 

Winter/Spring 2017 UK retreat pricing

6 nights 3 nights
Room 1: £490 Room 1: £270
Room 2: £490 Room 2: £270
Room 3: £530 Room 3: £295
Room 4: £530 Room 4: £295
Room 5: £585 Room 5: £315
Room 6: £585 Room 6: £315
Room 7: £585 Room 7: £315

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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.

It has twin beds (normally single occupancy) and has a large en-suite bathroom with a good deep bath but no shower, and you do get noise from the kitchen.


 

 

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.

 


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.

What's included?

Your own room including bedding and towels plus three meals a day including a glass of wine or two with dinner. And, of course, cake!*

You’re welcome to bring anything else you’d like to have on top of what’s provided, and you’ll also take care of your travel arrangements, toiletries and any additional trips you’d like to make.

 

*(other snacks are available if you don’t eat cake, but I can’t promise not to judge.)

Will I get my own room?

Yes.

Is there a room-sharing discount?

Most people don’t want to share with a stranger, so I don’t offer this option and the prices are all for one person in each room. However, if there is a suitable room available and you want to share a room with a friend/partner, the second person comes at a discounted price.

Rooms 6 or 7 would be great for couples, but be aware that the en-suite toilet has a curtain rather than a door. Room 5 is perfect for sharing as it has a king-size bed and a single, room 4 works if you are sharing a bed (or I can arrange a single camp bed) and room 3 has twin beds but is quite small.

If you’d like to come with a friend/partner, email me for a price.

What's the house like?

It’s a comfortable 7-bedroom grade II listed farmhouse with a large dining room to write in. Think country-style and relaxed – it’s lovely and homely rather than 5* luxury.

Being so old, it’s also pretty creaky and you will be able to hear people walking overhead or talking loudly. I ask people to be considerate of noise for this reason.

I’m really sorry, but the house isn’t accessible or wheelchair-friendly. It’s on a steep hill and has many stairs (the attic rooms are up quite steep stairs). I’d love to run retreats in an accessible house, so if you know of one I might be able to hire with at least 5 bedrooms that might work for a retreat, please let me know!

Can you deal with my food allergies/intolerances/weird aversion to broccoli?

I’m an untrained home cook, and I can’t deal with severe intolerances or allergies, or with any other serious medical issues.

If you have difficult food or medical requirements, you’ll need to contact me before booking. If you’re not sure if your needs count as difficult, please click the booking button and fill in the form but also email me.

I’ll do my best to fit around people’s needs and dislikes because I’d much rather serve food that people can eat and will like, but it isn’t always possible. I figure that I’ll do my best but that you’ll understand if I still go ahead and serve your pet hate because, you know, you understand that juggling lots of food requests isn’t easy and anyway hating broccoli is weird. Broccoli is amazing.

If there’s ever a meal you don’t like though, you’ll always be very welcome to make yourself egg on toast. Believe me, nobody’s going to starve around here.

Er, how about you tell me about the writing now?

Okay, fiiiiiine. Your schedule is entirely your own, but the house is quiet for writing from 9am-6pm with breaks for lunch and cake. There’s a large dining room that we use as a writing room, and most rooms can have some sort of table to write on. There’s also a living room, or you can write in the kitchen. There are no classes or workshops, just time and space for you to settle down and focus for an extended period of time. This retreat isn’t about you learning how to write, it’s about getting it written, it’s about your project and giving you the space and support to actually do it. Start work early, spend long hours walking or reading in the bath, whatever you fancy. Evenings are free and we can arrange readings if you like, but most people prefer to chill out; there’s a DVD player and a games barn, and a pub within walking distance.

What are check in/out times?

No chucking out at 10am!

You can arrive from around 6pm on your first day, and can leave late afternoon (around 4:30pm) on your last day so that you get as close to a full day as possible on your last day to write.

How do I get there?

The house we use for residential retreats is a 20-ish minute taxi ride from Newton Abbott (just west of Exeter), which is on the main train line between London and Paddington.

I’ll put you in touch with the other writers so that you can try to arrange taxi shares.

Is there wifi?

Yes. The only bedroom it doesn’t really work in is 3, the twin room at the back above the kitchen. This could be good or bad depending on how easily distracted you are.

The wifi signal is good in both the main work room and the living room.

Lovely countryside

There’s nothing like a long walk for putting your creativity into overdrive.

 

Real fires

Because what writer’s idyll would be complete without them?

All meals provided

I take care of food so that you don’t have to worry about anything but writing.

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