Holycombe is a beautiful residential holistic retreat centre, set in a verdant wooded valley on the edge of the Cotswold village of Whichford. A natural stream rises from a holy well in the nearby wood, passing through the grounds and down a waterfall. The sound of running water adds to the sense of peace and tranquillity. A coppice provides shady outdoor space; there’s a campfire area and a large stone circle on the castle site. Across a meadow is the ancient Whichford wood with many rare species of trees and plants, an abundance of wood anemones, primroses and bluebells in spring; chestnuts, blackberries and sloes in autumn. Wildlife abounds: everything from Muntjack to polecats and kingfishers.
Set in six acres, Holycombe is built in the grounds of a Norman Castle, and has a water-filled moat, habitat for carp and dragonflies. Sally and Andy Birtwell rescued the site from 40 years of being a scrap yard, dedicating 6 years of their life to the restoration. They have built a beautiful house and garden to honour the sacred landscape. Archaeologists have excavated a Roman conduit carrying water from the springs in the wood to the site and dowsers and geomancers have suggested it was a sacred site before Roman occupation. They also believe that six leylines converge on the stone circle.
The nearest railway station going to Holycombe is Moreton-in-the-Marsh, which is on the Oxford-Hereford line. From London you leave from Paddington Station. From Moreton you will need to get a taxi - it is a small country station, so booking ahead is a good idea. The Banbury Rail Station is 12 miles away and can be reached from Paddington and Marylebone Station. There are plentiful taxis there going to Holycombe. Buses from Oxford (Gloucester Green Station) come as far as Chipping Norton (5 miles away), so again a taxi is necessary. There are regular buses from London Victoria to Oxford - Oxford Citylink and Oxford Tube.
The 3-day Winter Cleanse Yoga Retreat is the perfect opportunity for restoring and strengthening your body and mind with holistic exercises and eating.
You will prepare and eat both raw and cooked, delicious, organic food.
You will also practice and learn about breathing techniques, nutrition, and guided meditation and yoga sessions.
During your free time, enjoy the cool breeze on your skin with short walks or bundle up inside for a quiet reflection time.
Set in an idyllic English countryside, this detox retreat will leave you inspired and re-energised for many months to come.
The package includes accommodations for 3 days, all of your meals, and classes.