4-Night Mind & Body Retreat in Exmoor

meditation and yoga practicing at sunset
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Mind & Body
from £549pp £529pp

Join us for a special weekend devoted to the mind and body. Soothe your mind and nurture your body in a variety of well-being taster sessions, led by professional instructors. Each day you’ll be able to enjoy different activities such as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Mindfulness Meditation, and a guided walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Introducing DANCEHIIT with former Strictly star Flavia Cacace!
  • Enjoy a variety of Mind & Body taster sessions so that you try something new, or enjoy your favourite activity
  • Includes guided walking in the stunning local area 
  • Enjoy an evening local gin tasting to ensure a holistic approach to relaxation!

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from qualified leaders, to ensure you get the most from your holiday

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Prepare to focus on you!  Throughout your break you'll have time to unwind and relax your body and soul.  Our professional leaders will guide you through a variety of taster sessions based indoors and outside in the stunning location.

We're delighted to showcase Flavia Cacace of Strictly fame who'll be guiding you through some dance training with her brand new DANCEHIIT workout. This is a fun dance aerobic workout for people who want to get fit and learn some Strictly moves along the way.  You'll enjoy a 1 hour group session with Flavia.

The rest of your sessions will be published soon but will be a mixture of well-being activities.

Of course you'll also be treated to our usual excellent food along with a local gin tasting (we're sure botanicals are good for you!)


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Please bring a mat for Pilates and yoga, socks and a small blanket to cover you during the relaxation sessions.

It is recommended that you wear

  • Loose-fitting clothes to facilitate easy movement for classes such as Pilates and yoga
  • Trainers and aerobic type clothing for DANCEHIIT sessions
  • For guided walks to enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole)
Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer 
Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
Warm hat and gloves
Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
Water bottle

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
Insect repellent
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Sun cream
Camera

 

 

 

 

Joan Stonehouse

Joan holds qualifications in Iyengar Yoga and is also certified by the British Wheel of Yoga. Her teaching concentrates on correct alignment, hence maximum benefit and safety in the poses. Classes will be always be planned to suit the needs and aptitudes of the group with regard to the postures chosen and the overall physical demands involved in a session. Depending upon the circumstances therefore, a session may be gentle and involve mainly basic postures or could be more demanding with the inclusion of more advanced postures where appropriate. In any event, her approach is such that whatever the posture every student will be able to make a start and so gain some benefit from it.

Overall students will be encouraged to regard their Yoga practise as a mindful exploration of body and mind, designed to increase strength and flexibility in equal measure which, combined with meditation and visualisation sessions in the evenings, will do much to reduce anxiety and stress and promote a vibrant feeling of wellbeing.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
13 Apr - 17 Apr Mind & Body Retreat £549 £529 Save £20 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Mind & Body

4 nights from £549pp £529pp

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