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.
“I have organised many events and retreats in different venues, WL is the BEST! Not only is it an exquisite high quality beautiful place, it is eco-friendly, and we are always made to feel so welcome and at home. Many personal touches and amazing attention to detail on all levels. We have worked there 2x and now have another 4 retreats planned there in the coming year. Thank you so much WL.”
"We wanted to thank you both for running a brilliant venue for our Writing and Relaxation Retreat this weekend. We loved every minute of it - and so did our guests".
"We have just spent a fabulous weekend with a gorgeous group of ladies. This is a fantastic venue - eco-friendly tree houses in acres of beautiful countryside. The converted barn works as a delightful yoga studio with its underfloor heating. The hosts were wonderful - we were totally up for the tree hugging! Leaving feeling spoiled here with a 5* experience."
Chloe - MyHappyBody - London
“Thanks so much for all your support during our retreat, please also pass my thanks and appreciation to all the wonderful team at WL. Looking forward to seeing you again in April.”
Julie - Soulwave | Mao
“I wanted to say a massive thank you got all your amazing support in the lead up and during the convergence. The weekend was a huge success and all who attended loved the space and really saw the detail and love that goes into the site. I look forward to coming up again soon and seeing you all”. Nikki
“What a magical, beautifully held and created place. I would love to bring other folk here – such a clear space for healing and coming closer to our heart’s longing. Thank you Ed & Izzy for your vision, stamina and passion”.
“A beautiful and soulful venue – great staff – great food – amazing yoga space and ambiance. Thank you”.
“WL is a beautiful venue ... it was a great place for our yoga retreat, and will be perfect for our next big family gathering! Keep doing whatever you're doing - well done!”