Where the wild words are
The Hideaway is currently on hiatus while we complete some renovation works.
We’ll be back with you soon, but in the meantime take a look at the Country House retreats for the latest dates.
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).
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.
15 miles/30 mins 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.
The Hideaway is a serene place to think, create and just be. With barely another house in sight, you can sit on the swing seat and feel like you’re in a blissful bubble. It’s rustic, imperfect, a little rough around the edges and just a little bit magic.
Set on the edge of a beautiful valley, we try to live in harmony with the land, with a big woodburner to heat the house, water from our own spring, solar tubes on the roof to heat the bath, a large veg patch to grow food in, and ducks and chickens running around.
We even have good wifi most of the time (no TV, but that’s not what you’re here for).
Wondering if it’s the right place for you? Take a look at the FAQ section to see if it’s suitable as it’s a bit quirky, but please also know that my crummy photos don’t do it justice!
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
About the house
The West Room
The room over the kitchen contains a double bed with an orthopaedic mattress, desk and armchair. It has windows on two sides so gets lots of light, including sunset views.
The East Room
This room has a comfy double bed with a memory foam mattress, a desk and an armchair. It’s heated via a hole in the floor above the fireplace in the main living room. It has a lovely view and slightly better wifi.
The living room is large, with a table to work at at one end and cosy sofas and a big woodburner at the other, perfect for curling up next to with a good book.
The shared bathroom has a new shower, a bath and a lovely stained glass panel in the ceiling so you can lie in a solar-heated bath and watch the sky…
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 from 4pm on your first day, and you may have to vacate your room after breakfast on your last day so that your room can be prepared for new arrivals (if you leave on a Monday). Departures are at 1pm after an early lunch, so that you can use the morning for writing. 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.
So just how rustic is it? What's it like?
Will I get my own room?
Is there a room-sharing discount?
Is it accessible to wheelchairs or people with limited movement?
Can you deal with my food allergies/intolerances/weird aversion to broccoli?
Er, how about you tell me about the writing now?
What are check in/out times?
How do I get there?
Is there wifi?