Taking place over a full weekend, the event was packed full of workshops focusing on psychology, mindfulness, creativity, meditation and movement set against the backdrop of the stunning grounds. I joined the retreat for the day, to find out more about how to find stillness in daily life. Driving up to West Lexham Manor through frozen fields and breathing in the crisp morning air, you instantly feel refreshed and ready for restoration of your mind, body and soul.
On arrival, the organisers gave a warm welcome and ushered us into morning tai chi in the beautifully restored barn which has been purposefully created for group events and weddings.With sunshine beaming through the windows and birdsong in the background, we started the day with a delicious and healthy meal of locally sourced ingredients. The first workshop of the day was with Dr Tamara Russell and focused on practical models for exploring body and mind, a fascinating explanation with a real life context that was easily accessible for anyone new to the topic.
During this retreat, we will be looking at the power of inner peace and see how finding stillness in your daily life influences the way you see the world. In addition to popular activities such as creativity, meditation and movement, we will also be delving into neuroscience, neuroplasticity and practical models for exploring the body and mind. The retreat includes three workshops a day, delicious local food and the unspoilt beauty of nature at West Lexham — the perfect setting to slow down and restore yourself.
The retreat will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon (23 – 25 February 2018). The complete Inner Peace Retreat programme is available here.
So the weekend just gone was so fabulous! I spent two nights in an Ash Tree Temple at West Lexham in Norfolk and it was as magical as you can imagine. The temple was named after the large ash tree growing through the middle of it which is incredible. I’d been so excited about going ever since myself and my boyfriend booked it back in November, it looks like how you dream a treehouse to look when your a child. Ok, this wasn’t technically a treehouse but a tree temple is just as bloody good!...
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Earlier this month, I took a trip to Norfolk and Suffolk to visit some of our properties in the area. I was lucky enough to visit West Lexham treehouses which, for someone who spent her childhood (and realistically still her adulthood) dreaming of living in a treehouse, was a point of major excitement.
West Lexham really is in the heart of the countryside and the drive there provided stunning views. Upon arriving at the treehouses, you wind yourself through the forest paths to find your room for the night. Whether you’re staying in a treehouse or a tree temple, the structures themselves are absolutely stunning, covered in ivy on the outside and with trees running through the centre. With each house nestled amongst a different cluster of trees, you don’t feel although you are leaving the woodland when you step into the building, but instead as though you are exploring it further. My personal favourite was Sunrise; despite being one of the last to not have an en suite extension, the stunning stained-glass window and multilevel bedrooms take it to the top spot for me. The site bathrooms are hardly a drawback either, each individually designed and decorated, I think I’d take a trip even if provided with an en-suite!....Read More
So my sisters and I had been wanting to go on vacation together for a while now. We should have probably done this while we were still all single (I actually can’t believe we never got round to it!) but finally this year is the year the Teli sisters holidayed (vacationed) together!
It was a vacation within a vacation and we happily handed over all the planning to one sister. I remember receiving a text message about a ‘tree-house holiday’ while I was still submerged in the last few weeks before school was out for the summer in Boston Mass – not even opening the link until almost a month later – the night before we were to set off!
I honestly didn’t care where we were going – I just cared that I didn’t have to organize it!
No husbands. No parents. But bringing the kids with us was a no brainer. They rarely get to see their Khalas(Maternal Aunts) all together, so we thought a dose of concentrated Khalas and nephews and nieces time would be perfect. In fact we just got back a few days ago and I’d love to tell you about it.
If, like me, you have an aversion to theme parks, packaged tours, and Center Parcs, but are nonetheless charged with finding a short UK break to entertain young children, the word “glamping” has a superficial appeal. Re-establishing primeval bonds with family and nature in a fairytale world without Facebook, Netflix or fast food: what’s not to like?
But for the undecided, a moment’s reflection cautions that it cannot all be running through sunny meadows of wild flowers and gathering around fairylit bell tents as dusk approaches. It will rain, won’t it? We’ll be smelly and miserable. We’ll drown in mud, the children won’t sleep and we will be bored to death in the evenings, won’t we?
A master in this field is committed eco-host Edmund Colville. A couple of hours’ drive north of London, in a site of Special Scientific Interest near Swaffham and Fakenham, lies West Lexham, Colville’s 21-acre patch of pastoral Norfolk. Centred round a substantial 18th century pile, he has built a veritable village of bell tents and tree houses, spread out graciously in quirky corners of this sweepingly rural estate. Each oozes careful thought and individual charm with coloured cushions, hippy throws and those ubiquitous fairy lights.
At West Lexham there is accommodation to suit everyone from treehouses, to luxury holiday cottages with en-suites bedrooms, with halls, barns and kitchens. So there's plenty of options for you to organise an extended family get-together for that special occasion. West Lexham is an ideal spot from which to explore some of Norfolk's towns and beaches. It's a 30-minute drive to Wells-Next-The-Sea and there are numerous great local days out and attractions. the glamping site is eco friendly run on 98% renewables & sustainable principles. The bell tents and treehouses are not open year round. There is a 2 night minimum stay with Monday, Wednesday and Friday changeover days.
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This is an unusual barn wedding venue – They only offer a handful of handmade boutique weddings each year so they can take the time and space to make them perfect.
The team form a personal relationship with couples who choose to spend the happiest day of their life at their beautiful venue, and help them create an utterly magical experience. Barn, woodland, bohemian or festival they are open to weddings of all persuasions and imaginative splendour.
Have an intimate woodland ceremony beneath the boughs of a red beech tree between woodland glades. Then have a wedding reception on the sunny lawns or by the pool or in the beautiful grounds. Why not do a photo shoot in the romantic folly they lovingly call the Shell House. West Lexham are lucky enough to have one of the oldest churches in the country for a service or blessing.
Glamping at West Lexham Manor has just reached new heights with the launch of two new luxury treehouses which have been added to the growing list of accommodation options at the stunning countryside site.
t doesn’t get much more rural than this 21-acre Breckland estate in Norfolk, which has been developed by festival entrepreneur and sometime garden designer and horticulturalist Edmund Colville and his team as a "creative social enterprise" to great effect.
Camping with altitude.
We are in The Times 30 coolest places to camp in Britain! Here's the article. There’s a bohemian feel to the interiors of these four treehouses, with splashes of colour in the quilted bedspreads, bunting and stained-glass windows complementing the natural wood. Sunrise Tree House has a large elevated deck overlooking a lake and french doors leading to an open-plan living area with a wood-burner. There are two double beds, one on a mezzanine, and a twin. A covered kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven plus a shower block with flushing vintage loos and basins are close by. The 21-acre estate has formal gardens, a tennis court and a lake for boating.
Fulfil your childhood fantasies in a room amid the treetops
Read the Telegraph Travels review of our super-cool “treehouse” accommodation in the grounds of a 21-acre, privately-owned manor house, sleeping from two to six people.
This retreat is in a bohemian Georgian manor near Swaffham, in gorgeous grounds with stream, water meadows and lakes. Rooms range from a budget mini-dorm to luxury en suites. The programme includes twice-daily meditation and yoga. Food is homegrown, organic and vegetarian, with a special meal on New Year’s Eve.
• 29 December-1 January, from £395, yogakutir.com
There’s something magical about treehouses – whatever your age. These arboreal boltholes will appeal to growns-ups who want to get close to nature without forgoing creature comforts.
12th June 2015
A rural retreat has risen from the ashes to offer city dwellers somewhere to escape to the country and yoga-lovers a place to enjoy their pastime in peace and quiet.