What people have said after staying at Retreats For You…
I arrived at Retreats for You to the warmest of welcomes from Deborah and Bob, the suggestion of a nap, and a hot water bottle in my bed. Greatly refreshed, I was at my desk by teatime, appreciating the glass of wine that arrived before supper and the congenial company over dinner. My room was cosy and a great place to work, the food was wonderful and I particularly enjoyed the house elves placing a hot water bottle in my bed every night. I returned home with sanity restored and huge progress made on my edit. I haven’t stopped raving about Retreats for You since. It’s a brilliant place and comes highly recommended – I can’t wait to go back!
I think the way Deb and Bob run ‘Retreats for You’’ is run is wonderful – I love the way that the atmosphere is so supportive yet not intrusive – that writers have so much mental space to think and write and can even have food up in their rooms if they cannot bear to break their concentration – yet at the same time, there is someone to chat to and great kindness should a writer feel stuck or need a friendly ear. I loved the food:the delicious, personally tailored breakfasts, the lovely lunches, the sociable evening meals and the yummy snacks available at all times – and I loved the location – the beautiful old house with the huge fireplace and wood fire – and the lovely countryside and walks around. I felt very touched by the way Deb magically spirited a hot water bottle to be waiting in my bed at night and I loved the crisp white sheets and my comfortable bed!
One of the best weekends ever! Our writing group visited Retreats for You and it could not have been more perfect. We were a large group -12 people – but Deborah looked after us all brilliantly. 6 of us stayed at the pub across the square with us all gathering to write and eat in the day, which worked perfectly. Deborah took care of everything so we didn’t have to. Such an inspiring place with magic seeping from the walls – we will certainly be back and are already planning our next visit!
Becky Hunter, London.
WARNING: spending time at Retreats for You can significantly impact your “real” life. Unique atmosphere, excessive writing, wonderful hosts, delicious food, unending wine, interesting characters, intelligent conversation to be sorely missed…
Alicia Benito, London.
Having recently visited Retreats for You, I cannot recommend it enough. It is like entering a little bubble of relaxation. Deb and Bob make it feel as if you are visiting good friends, nothing is too much trouble. The accommodation is lovely and the food is homemade and fab, but what I enjoyed most was having the time and space to write, with no other demands on my time. Although it’s also an ideal place to do nothing at all. I will definitely be going back!
Sue Ford, Surrey.
Thank you for another wonderful stay, relaxing and productive in equal measures. Looking forward to the next one already…
Rabbi Anna Gerard, Stroud.
Thank you so much for a life-changing experience of warmth, comfort and writing space without pretension or tension. I go back to my life strengthened and cheered – and with a solid writing direction.
Jane Lucas, Brighton.
This was a brilliant space to be in for four days on a writing retreat. The space that Debs and Bob have created has all the things you don’t find written down on a sales page. It was nurturing with some of the best food I have eaten whilst on a writing retreat and I have been on many. The many extras put Retreats for You way above the rest. Dinner time was a rich experience of great conversation and the log fire kept us going on those chillier days. I wanted space and time to write and to be honest I got much more than I could have imagined. Bob and Debs have the right touch and input based on whatever your writing needs are at the time. I was so impressed. I will be back, hopefully with others joining me. You have something special Bob and Debs. Thank you both.
Jackee Holder and Sharron Jennings, Croydon, Surrey.
Deborah and Bob at Retreats for You could not have made our writers’ group more welcome. There were so many homely touches – freshly baked banana bread, fluffy white towelling robes in the bedrooms and hot water bottles put beneath the covers at night. One of our group was a vegetarian, another gluten intolerant, and yet the home cooked food Deborah produced was both delicious and inventive. I can’t recommend Retreats for You highly enough.
June Kerr, Buckinghamshire
Thanks for a lovely few days – for being so welcoming, making it so comfortable and easy, cooking such delicious meals and being so supportive.’
Carrie Rhys-Davies, Bristol
I had such a wonderful week with you – company, food, quiet, lovely walks. It was ideal and I feel it has given my writing a real boost. Thank you both.
Elizabeth Woodgate, Winchester
I had heard about RFY from some writer friends in London. What bliss! Paradise. I dreamed of it from afar until, finally, I had a month in the UK and managed to shoehorn 2 nights in at RFY.
My expectations were high – very high – but my stay at RFY was a dream come true. Space and time to write with gentle support, in a lovely room with a view onto a ridiculously quaint village square. Delicious home cooked food, served regularly and plentifully. A beautiful thatched house to roam in as if it were my own, helping myself to banana bread and flapjacks – and the wonderful Deborah and Bob, who have that rare knack of immediately making you feel right at home with as much or as little sociability as you like. A true retreat. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Karen Ginnane, Melbourne, Australia
Thanks so much to you and Bob for such a great stay – so productive, yet so relaxing. It’s a very special thing you do.
Amanda Coe, London.
Deb stole my heart when I arrived the first time, saying ‘Welcome…glass of wine?’.
I am so grateful to be a regular at RFY…a peaceful and encouraging haven for the creative soul. While being immersed in lots of goodness (both by Deb & Bob’s great care as well as Deb’s delicious food) I have managed to do lots of writing and revising while there. That – along with hours of contemplation and thought during walks and the great sense of togetherness with kindred spirits at beach bbqs and readings while staring into the fire – makes RYF the best retreat I have yet visited.
Melanie Veenstra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I cannot tell you how brilliant it was staying with you guys. We got so much out of it.. I wrote another 3,000 words on the train home and have already set aside time on Thursday evening for us to continue writing. Thank you!
Ray Morgan and Jo Overfield, Essex
Thank you for a wonderful few days. I really enjoyed myself and got down to some writing, helped to a great extent by your care and kindness, not to mention the delicious food and wine!
Faith Walsh, Birmingham
Thank you so much for a fabulous week. I found it fun and productive and really hope to be back.
Dr Jenny Pickerill. University of Leicester
Warm welcome, cosy surroundings, roaring log fire, lashings of wine, advice, help and great, interesting chat – what more could you want? Added to that, complete peace and quiet, rest and relaxation which makes the perfect environment for productive and creative writing. Homecooked food was gorgeous and Deborah and Bob are the perfect hosts.
John Raby, North Devon
Thanks once again for such a wonderful and productive time. I loved meeting the other people, and I am keenly missing your home cooked meals!
Susannah Waters, Hove, Sussex
Thank you so much to you and Bob for such a lovely week. I really had a wonderful, productive and nurturing time and loved meeting everyone. Thank you! It all feels like a really wonderful dream.
Sara Langham, London
What a lovely few days it has been. You and Bob create such a special, nurturing environment.Thank you for going beyond the call of duty to make everyone’s stay special. I’m thinking of the beach barbecue in particular but not only that.
Margaret McQuaile, London
Thank you so much for a wonderful and productive stay, and in particular for catering so beautifully for my weird diet. The packed lunch was lovely too, and completely unexpected.
Wendy Osgerby, Oxford
I knew I was going to have an enjoyable, relaxing but productive time, but your hospitality and the atmosphere you have created far surpassed my expectations.
Emma Dixon, London
I feel like the fairies have looked after me for the week. Thanks so much, it was just what I wanted and needed.
Thank you for a wonderful time at Retreats For You. It really is the perfect place to write, eat and relax among lovely people. Can’t wait to go back.
Margaret McQuaile, London
Thank you to you and Bob so much for an awesome and productive week, you always make me feel so welcome, and the meals have been gorgeous as always. And the trips to the beach wonderful too. Can’t wait to come back!
Christopher Berry, Farnborough
I absolutely loved every minute of my trip to idyllic Sheepwash. Your hospitality was wonderful and you really make everyone feel part of one big family ˆ a very rare thing to find nowadays. It is very satisfying to have got so much done over my 10 days, something that is so difficult to do within the home environment.
Amanda Williams, Highcliffe-on-sea
I feel very rested and re-energised after my stay with you. What you do is quite, quite wonderful.
Susie Steiner, London
I have been lucky enough to visit Sheepwash a couple of times through work. I’ve been even luckier to stay overnight for at ‘Retreats for You. I can quite honestly say it’s by far my most memorable stay over experience simply because Deborah makes it so special and welcoming. The rooms are unique, peaceful and amazingly comfortable – and breakfast is an occasion as well as a lovely meal. I can happily recommend it wholeheartedly whether a long or short stay.
Nick Kavanagh, London
Thanks for such an enjoyable stay – I found it really productive – and the warmth of your hospitality, the delicious food and lovely fellow guests were a huge bonus. I hope I can re-visit before too long.
Helen Shipman, Falmouth