Our Barn is a top of the range retreat venue, with fully equipped workshop rooms in the heart of the countryside. The barn comes with 13 en-suite bedrooms and can sleep even more in the holiday cottages. Underfloor heating and polished concrete floors set against the original stone and beams make it refined yet contemporary. Huge sliding glass doors bring in the sunshine and open onto garden on both sides.
The Barn is a superbly converted open-plan course venue with all its original character, space, light and charm. Built as a Grain Barn in 1805, we kept all the original beams, the breathable lime and flint walls and glazed the huge openings with fully opening sliding doors. We filled it with handmade furniture to give it its all-important flexibility. The rooms are gently warmed with under floor heating by our biomass boiler burning local, sustainably managed woodchip. Together with the solar panels on the roof our venue is nearly 100% run on renewable energy.
A large open plan space (12m x 7.6m) with the original ceiling giving it an organic antique character. It can be furnished with chairs and tables to suit your needs, or cleared for yoga, dance etc. It can be self-contained or the sound proof folding doors across can be opened up so it makes a giant 24m long room, together with the sitting room and dining room. There are two full height windows on either side that side open, one into the garden, one into another conservatory. They can be made part of the room or act as an additional room (4m x 4m).
Four giant handmade sofas nestle around two raised log burners, with coffee tables made of the old wooden barn doors. The room (5m x 7.6m) is open plan and leads into the dining room.
This section (6.5m x 7.8m) is full height, with a balcony for making speeches and colour-change LED lighting to create the perfect atmosphere. Furnished with handmade tables from the old barn doors, and wonderfully coloured chairs. 45 guests can be comfortably seated with space to serve a buffet. Giant height windows either side open into the garden and outside seating area on one side, and a conservatory on the other side (4m x 4m). Another 10 can be seated in here and the doors opened so it becomes fully part of the room. There is an entrance Lobby with funky reclaimed lighting, rails for coats & shoes and 3 loos (including access loo).
Our kitchen (6.2m x 7.8m) is designed with cookery courses, as well as high end catering in mind. Furnished with antique cupboards that used to be a Victorian science lab, it has all the functionality of a commercial kitchen, but with authentic charm. The folding doors to the kitchen can open it up into the dining room so that you can the food prep more part of your course. There is a six burner gas range with oven; a huge double fridge; freezer; commercial dishwasher that cleans a load in 1 minute; three sinks; all the crockery, glasses, plates, equipment etc. that you need, and lots of prep space. All our water comes from our own well springing from the ancient chalk aquifer to give crystal clear, energized mineral water. If you need help sourcing local ingredients or with any catering, we specialize in delicious seasonal and super foods and optimum nutrition for any type of diet.
You even get your own private garden with lawn, and huge dining table amongst the herbs and butterflies. Take a stroll around the wider grounds, row a boat down the lake, or rent the shell house for a cocktail party. We are near the beach and countless other exciting local attractions. If you feel you need a hand, we are very experienced in events planning and can organize a host of activities that might compliment your retreat.
Have a look at our what's on page at the top of the page to see what courses and events might be on for you to get involved in while you are here.
When you stay at West Lexham you are part of something bigger. An experiment in living and re-acquainting ourselves with nature. An open hearted approach, turning sustainability into thriveabilty as we experience how wonderful life can be. More about us.
“When planning a retreat, I’d say venue is the most important thing. Once you get that right, the rest is easy. We had been recommended West Lexham by a group member who had been there before. It is a venue unlike any other and surpassed all expectations. Upon entering, you feel free, peaceful, energised and inspired. Our group members were very impressed and we had a wonderful weekend. Thank you, you will be seeing us again!”
J. S -