Holycombe is a serene haven of beauty and tranquility. It is warm and welcoming with a purpose built space for yoga and beautiful gardens to relax in, you cannot help but fall in love with this very special place in the Cotswolds.
Set in a verdant wooded valley on the edge of the Cotswold village of Whichford, Holycombe is built on the grounds of a Norman castle, land which is believed to have been a sacred site many years before Roman occupation. Geomancers and dowsers claim that six ley-lines converge on the stone circle at the top field.
A natural stream rises from a holy well in the nearby wood and passes through the grounds and down a waterfall. The sound of running water adds to the sense of peace and tranquilizer in the grounds whilst a copice provides a shady outdoor space and a campfire area a place for evening song and chats.
A beautiful Garden Room is used for eating indoors whilst a rose-scented terrace is available for eating al-fresco. Holycombe is the perfect venue for that peaceful break and escape from our all too often busy and stressful lives.
The daily programme
Flowing, traditional hatha yoga sessions will naturally open the heart and nurture you to a space of surrender and stillness. A typical class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), hands-on adjustments, guided relaxation, chanting and a taste of philosophy. Typically each class will last for 2 hours.
The days will begin with silent meditation and a little mantra chanting. This will be followed by the morning yoga class. We then have breakfast followed by free time for massage treatments, nature walks and relaxing, hanging out in the gardens, reading, or maybe taking a gentle stroll to enjoy the nearby bluebell woods, and the afternoon yoga practice.
In the evenings there will be other activities that may include meditation, inspiring cinema and chanting.
You will probably not want to do much when you get to Holycombe except relax, soak in its surrounding beauty and go on Bluebell Walks in the nearby woods. Across a nearby meadow is the ancient Whichford woods with its many rare species of trees and plants, an abundance of wood anemones, primroses and bluebells. Wildlife abounds: everything from Muntjack to polecats and kingfishers. So walks are abundant and the grounds themselves peaceful and serenely beautiful.
Accommodation at Holycombe
Rooms are all unique. The rooms in the main house have views of the garden and beautiful wooden beds. The Lodge offers cottage style accommodation. Both have single and shared options.
There are glamping options in the Yurt, Gypsy Caravan, Treehouse and Gazebo or you can camp and bring your own tent.
Please can you bring your own top and bottom sheet, pillow case and towels for accommodation in the main house, lodge and glamping. If this is a problem please contact us. For camping you need to bring your own tent and bedding and towels.
I am still feeling the positive effects from my break. The location was beautiful, the food fantastic, the people lovely and Dory, by far, is the best teacher I have had in 18 years...
I really enjoyed it and I have to say that it was largely down to the skill of your facilitation and how well you work together. You both so clearly put happiness on the map from the beginning and it filtered through. Everyone relaxed and smiled! I loved the gentle humour too.
I also appreciated all the hard work behind the scene and your attention to detail. You were both so generous and thoughtful.
I really enjoyed it all and found the space and quiet I needed ! Doing so much yoga was great! You are both so gifted at facilitating...so nurturing and calm. A joy! xx
A wonderful weekend. I really can't say anything critical at all - the place was unique and cozy, the food was really impressive, the people were all friendly, the yoga was brilliant, the other activities were varied and fun (film, walks around house, chanting, time on ones own or chatting with new friends).
Share this holiday
Tranquil bank holiday yoga retreat in the Cotswolds, UK, 26 - 29 May 2017
£385 per person sharing a twin room
£425 per person in a single room
£298 per person camping (you provide your own tent and bedding)
£335 per person in a yurt (4 sharing)
£375 single occupancy magical gypsy caravan
£375 single occupancy Gazebo cabin or £335 per person for a couple sharing
All meals are included, two yoga classes a day.
Please bring your own yoga mat.
Arrival time on the Friday is 3pm onwards. We will have our first yoga session together at 6pm. We will finish on the Monday after lunch.
Please bring your own top and bottom sheet, pillow case and towels.