About Bonhays Retreat Centre
Bonhays is a beautiful eco Retreat Centre, nestled in the hills of West Dorset, between Bridport and Lyme Regis and just two miles from the sea.
The settling is secluded and peaceful, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Set around a central courtyard, with the soft curves of the straw buildings and the hills beyond, there is quiet and stillness here. Bonhays has lovely communal areas to relax and chat in as well as many peaceful and secluded spots for quiet and reflection. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool.
The coast and beaches are just 2 miles away if you want to get a dose of sea air and enjoy a beach walk, or you may simply want to enjoy a peaceful moment on the decking and watch the sunset, swim peacefully in the pool, share wonderful meals in the conservatory, practise yoga and meditation. Be and rejuvenate.
Evie, the chef at Bonhays, sources organic ingredients locally if she has not grown them herself and then with her imaginative palette she produces lovely looking, healthy and very tasty food. All the food is vegetarian.
The daily programme
There will be a yoga class on Friday evening and mediation after dinner. On Saturday there will be two yoga classes, meditation and chanting, plus plenty of time to walk, rest relax or take a dip in the pool or even the sea. There will be a yoga class on Sunday morning before lunch and goodbyes.
There are plenty of lovely walks, local beaches to visit and ample space to simply relax.
Accommodation at Bonhays
Single, shared twin or double rooms are available. There are also two shepherd's huts set in a quiet corner looking up the Marshwood Valley, the huts have electricity, a wood burner and are fully insulted and fitted with an outside tap. They have a double bed so are suitable for one person or a couple. There is also the option to camp. Bathrooms, shower and toilet facilities are shared.
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).
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.
Thank you Belle for a fabulous weekend of yoga - such a gorgeous place, and what a really lovely bunch of people. It was great for us to be able to touch base with each other, whilst enjoying some peace and relaxation. The yoga was great. You are a lovely host (with a lovely voice) and we so appreciated your relaxed and empathetic approach.Jemma
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 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
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Late summer yoga weekend near the Dorset coast, UK, 22 - 24 September 2017
Single occupancy room - £335
Twin bedded room - £295 per person
Twin bunk-bedded room - £265 per person
Shepherd's hut single occupancy - £335 per person
Shepherd's hut shared - for a couple - £265 per person
Camping (please bring your own tent) - £235 per person
The cost includes your accommodation, daily meditation, all yoga classes and workshops. Delicious homemade vegetarian food.
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
Address: Bonhays Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset DT6 6RF
Axminster Station is on the line from Waterloo to Exeter, with buses from the station to Morcombelake (a 20 min downhill walk away).
Axminster Taxis 01297 34000
BJ Taxis 01297 35007
A local bus is also available that stops in Morcombelake (a 20 min downhill walk away).