UK Winter Wellness Retreats 2019
The festive season is officially over, so it’s a perfect time to book in some well-deserved rest and relaxation to help get us through the last of the cold winter months. The start of the year is one of the best times for a getaway wellness retreat - whether it's at a boutique hotel not too far from London or a hideaway further afield. From a stunning hotel in the Lake District to a super slick country house getaway just outside London, we've got your UK winter retreat sorted.
Brimstone Spa, the Lake District
Brimstone is set in one of the most beautiful Lake District valleys on a 35-acre estate. You're transported via private car from the station to a slate-clad chalet-style building with roaring fires, a Boot room for all your outdoor needs, a reading room to cosy up in and a bar to help yourself from. Some suites have outdoor balconies with blankets, making you feel like you're on a mountain getaway. Entry to the Brimstone Spa thermal experiences and relaxation areas is exclusive to and complimentary for Brimstone Hotel guests. Lavishly contemporary in style, their spa offers a luxury, sensory experience, complete with a private spa suite, seven thermal experiences, a relaxation pool, a range of chill out areas, luxurious treatment rooms offering specially designed treatments and a fabulous Spa deli.
Price: Rooms from £275; brimstonehotel.co.uk
&Sister Retreats, Oxfordshire
Charlie Morgan leads down-to-earth country weekend yoga retreats beyond the city, at the idyllic, homely Poundon House in Oxfordshire. Poundon House is a stunning and spacious Queen Anne style country house; set within six acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border. As well as yoga practice, there’s plenty of time to relax in front of the log fire, chat over dinner in the gorgeous yellow dining room, and go for walks in the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. The retreats are themed around the changing seasons and are geared towards helping people through the transitions that come with different times of the year.
Dates: February 22nd-24th, 2019
Price: From £360 per person, https://andsister.co.uk/
Mindfulness for beginners at Sharpham House, Devon
Learning to be more mindful and live in the moment can give you renewed energy and clarity, and the secular mindfulness retreats at this Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion are a great place to start. If you're interested in starting or reconnecting with mindfulness practice, then this retreat can help show you the way. You'll be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation with guided sitting sessions, mindful walking, periods of silence, plus enough free time for rest and reflection. You'll have opportunities to reconnect with nature and to benefit from the very special location of the historic Sharpham House and Estate, surrounded by stunning countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Price: From £295 per person, all inclusive sharphamtrust.org
The Detox Barn, Suffolk
Life's demands and excesses can often leave us feeling tired, stressed out and not feeling great about ourselves. If you're looking for a motivational kick start to get you back on track again, the Detox Barn is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Located in Suffolk and run by sisters Lauretta and Sharon, this monthly gentle detox weekend can help kick-start a healthy lifestyle. During the three-night retreat, you can expect a digital detox with the mandatory no-phone rule - to cleanse your mind as well as your body. While there, enjoy a combination of juices, smoothies and plant-based healthy meals with no sugar, dairy, fish or alcohol – with all the ingredients for the dinners being sourced from the garden. Expect vegan cooking demonstrations, along with daily yoga, meditation and country walks. Massages, facials and reflexology are also available.
Date: January 18-20, February 15-17 or March 15-17, 2019.
Price: £350 per person, thedetoxbarn.co.uk/
Restore & Reform, East Sussex
Hailed by the Evening Standard as “the ultimate country retreat”, located on a 12-acre private estate in an Area of Natural Beauty, just an hour by train from London you’ll find Fair Oak Farm where Restore & Reform run their UK retreats. There is a dedicated Pilates studio in the Hay Barn, soft tissue therapy will take place in a wooden hut and by night the Barn becomes a communal dining space where you can enjoy a nutritious two-course supper. The on-site spa offers a variety of treatments and afterwards you can cosy up with a book in the estate's cosy nooks and crannies, roam the grounds or even explore the nearby market towns.
Date: February 15-18, 2019.
Price: From £760 per person, restoreandreform.co.uk/
The Zest Life Pure Yoga Immersion Weekend, Isle of Anglesey
When it’s cold and dark outside, what better way to spend a winters’ weekend, than taking time out just for you, immersing yourself in yoga with fantastic teachers. If seclusion and fresh air is what you’re looking for, head to the Isle of Anglesey – an island just off the Welsh coast. Nestled in 21 acres of private parkland, this weekend retreat is yoga-focused and features in-depth yoga classes, informal yoga workshops, classes on traditional cleansing techniques, along with a soothing gong bath, guided meditation and yoga philosophy sessions around the fire.
Date: February 1-3 or 15-17, 2019.
Price: From £430 per person, thezestlife.co.uk/