The Quaives Retreat is a hidden gem, surrounded by the peaceful countryside of East Kent, a real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, which is in easy reach with the high speed rail from London to Canterbury West Station, just 15 minutes ride away. Set within 19 acres it provides a real sense of retreat with a touch of luxury. There are beautifully manicured secret gardens and tree-lined fields and in the middle of the grounds, a tennis court with a pair of rackets and balls for anyone who’s up for a game!
The Quaives estate has some interesting history being previously owned by Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac for 25 years.
There is a stunning brand new purpose built yoga studio with high ceilings, underfloor heating and filled with natural light. A haven in nature awaits.
The daily programme
The first class will be on Friday evening, followed by a delicious dinner. Nicky teaches Iyengar yoga and over the weekend she will help guide you deeper into your practice with two classes on the Saturday, a long morning class to align to body and breath and an afternoon practice to delve deeper into the postures. On Sunday there will be a long morning practice before breakfast and a short class before lunch and the end of the retreat.
Each day after morning yoga and a healthy breakfast, there will be the opportunity to walk, have a massage, relax and wonder through nature in the stunning grounds. Arrival time on Friday 2 October is from 4pm onwards. The first yoga session will be at 5.30pm. The weekend will finish on Sunday after lunch at 2pm.
Things to do
From The Quaives there are lots of beautiful walks to go on through neighbouring picturesque villages with traditional Kent oast houses and mills. There are plenty of relaxation spots for you to take advantage of in the gardens.
Beneath the pine trees in the far open field there is a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub to enjoy the vast sky, views of the tree lines and surrounding countryside by day and stargazing at night - if you’re lucky you’ll see a shooting star or hear the lions roaring in the nearby zoo.
Accommodation & food
There is a range of accommodation options from double and twin bed cottage rooms to shared dormitories nestled within the grounds. All rooms have a luxury contemporary feel with modern comforts and beautifully designed bathrooms. The cottages have lounge areas offering a haven to relax and rest in. The beautiful Scandinavian style dormitory has eight adult bunk beds in a stylish, cosy, clean spacious room, with 3 modern toilet and shower facilities. Delicious organic, vegetarian food will be served throughout the retreat - delights to nourish body and soul.
It’s abundantly evident that Nicky plans her classes thoughtfully and thoroughly but the atmosphere is always positive and relaxed - a reflection of her patience, lovely sense of humour and genuine warmth.Di
From the moment I arrived, I relaxed. The Quaives is in a gorgeous location and Clare and her family have transformed the lovely outbuildings to a place of serene tranquility.Gill
Nicky is passionate about her subject and her infectious enthusiasm comes through in her teaching. She is very caring and is always sure to give very clear and precise instructions. It is a pleasure to go to her classes!Kath
After one of Nicky's classes, I feel happy, relaxed and at ease. Nicky is a wonderful teacher - she inspires you to challenge yourself in your Iyengar practice and approaches everything with warmth and respect.Eleanor
Nicky’s classes are always brilliantly informative, well-structured and friendly. Her teaching method is perfectly balanced, ensuring all abilities are catered for and encouraged. I always leave her classes feeling both physically and mentally better.Doug
A wonderful escape from everyday life. I received a warm welcome and the cottage was lovely; clean, cosy and beautifully decorated. The classes were great; excellent instruction, loads of guidance and new learning. The food was fantastic and there was plenty of it! The gardens and countryside were beautiful. Keep up the good work - this is a gem of a place.Suzie
Everything is perfect! The location is easy to access from London, the property is magical with loads of green space to chill during the day and escape the city. The yoga practice was a unique experience and I learnt a lot. The food was another special touch - healthy, delicious and different!Ana
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A yoga weekend in the beautiful Kent countryside, UK, 1 - 3 October 2021
8 person bunk bed dorm room sharing 3 bathrooms £450
Cottage 2 person bunk bed dorm room with shared bathroom £510
Cottage twin room with shared bathroom £645
Cottage twin room with own bathroom £675
Cottage double room with own bathroom £675
All rates are per person
The cost includes your accommodation and all yoga classes.
Delicious homemade organic vegetarian food.
Massage treatments are available at an additional cost.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking and the balance is due 6 weeks before you travel.
Friday 1 October 4pm to Sunday 3 October 2pm
The nearest train stations are Canterbury West and Canterbury East.
A taxi ride is £15 one way and takes 15 minutes.
Cabline Taxis 01227 555555
Green Light Cabs 01227 722222
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Canterbury City Taxis 01227 498888