COUNTRY HOUSE YOGA RETREAT, SOMERSET UK
Laid-back luxury, gourmet 'soil to gut' dining and acres of ancient forests
A wonderful transformational yoga retreat for the discerning yogi. Top notch ecological and ethical credentials combine with exceptional style and comfort in a setting of 700 acres of ancient forest and wild meadows, to create a sublime retreat space for truth and growth.
Everything about this yoga retreat is designed to nourish, heal and nurture. The minute you arrive at this fabulous destination you begin to recognise the gift you have given yourself. Nothing is overlooked in the support of your wellbeing. From the provenance of the food to the thread-count of the bed linen, the philosophy of care and respect for you and the world that supports you runs deep. And it shows. Mouthwatering organic and biodynamic cuisine; self-generated sustainable energy; beautiful reclaimed materials and antique furnishings; and Victoria Olgilvy handmade, essential oil infused toiletries are just some of the treats in store for you.
Sumptuous, stylish accommodation
Elegant and comfortable accommodation with a full choice of rooms from a luxury dorm through to the master ensuite. All the rooms are beautifully presented. Towels and hairdryers are provided in all rooms, and luxury toiletries are provided in all bathrooms. Just choose the accommodation that is right for you.
Communal areas are equally chic and welcoming in this charming and graceful, yet contemporarily appointed old farmhouse. Dressed with exquisite fabrics and elegantly stylish furnishings, expect open fires, elegant dining areas, cosy corners to curl up in with a book, and a great communal kitchen for chatting over coffee.
Mouthwatering organic and biodynamic dining
Central to the philosophy at this gorgeous retreat is their deep appreciation for high quality, sustainably sourced, organic food. The chefs at 42 Acres are obsessed by providing the highest quality, locally sourced organic and biodynamic foods and ingredients that sustain the health and vitality of our bodies and our community, the chefs here go the extra mile to create nutrition that delights your taste buds and your gut.
Specially selected seasonal menus are prepared using organic, hand-made ingredients and ferments. Produce is sourced from a number of small heritage producers who maintain the highest standards of care and ethics in their operations as well as coming directly from the on-site farm gardens. Processed foods (including refined sugar) are avoided and only cold-pressed oils and unrefined Atlantic sea salt is used in food preparation.
Breads are made from organic sourdoughs (gluten-free options are available as well). When meat is served it is always pasture-fed, local, organic meat and wild game. All milk, butter, yoghurt and cheese comes from 100% pasture fed organic goats, sheep and cows.
Dedicated chefs firmly believe in the restorative and regenerative benefits of meals prepared with care and shared with compassion and are committed to creating meals that are diverse, colourful, flavourful, healthy and satisfying.
Explore the grounds and ancient woodland
Originally built as a Somerset dairy farm in the 1800s, 42 Acres estate actually comprises 170 acres of permanent pasture, gardens, woodland, waterways, lake and solar panels.
Part of the grounds act as a small working farm where fruit and vegetables are grown on the land using varying methods of farming techniques that help regenerate the soil and give back the nutrients to the land. Whether applying biodynamic, permaculture or non-plough techniques our hosts find the best methods to suit our local landscape and bring retreat guests delicious, locally sourced food.
As you wander the grounds you may be greeted by the 15 young Khaki Campbell ducks that roam the garden and provide delicious eggs, or encounter the small herd of beautiful Shetland cows and calves.
Beyond the farm are a further seven hundred acres of wild meadows and ancient forest, with walking paths leading from the grounds.
Spend an evening under the stars warmed by the outdoor fire
The fire pit has been lovingly created as an intentional space within the land for fire ceremonies. Fire has played a significant part in ceremonies and rituals since time immemorial. In addition to powerfully uniting a group, it is known to have a cleansing and purifying effect.
Trains, Planes and Automobiles
The nearest train stations to the retreat are:
Gillingham (Dorset) 17 mins by car
Frome 19 mins by car
Castle Cary 24 mins by car
Westbury 33 mins by car
There are regular direct trains from London Waterloo to Gillingham and from Paddington to Castle Gary. Trains take approximately 2 hours. We can advise on taxi recommendations from the station and suggest sharing car and costs where possible.
The nearest international airport is Bristol at approximately one hours drive from the retreat. Car hire is available at the airport.
For those wishing to drive we will send you full directions before the start of your retreat.