Our facilities

We offer quiet, comfortable rooms in a large, traditional 1600s thatched house, with a roaring woodburner and a beautiful courtyard and walled garden. You can be as solitary or as sociable as you choose. And as a working writer, I am happy to offer constructive criticism on your work. The village pub is just 50 yards from the front door and there are many delightful walks all around. You can take our resident labrador, Daisy out too.

But not everyone who visits Retreats for You is here to write. Some paint, read, tackle a work project, or simply relax and recuperate.

Our facilities

– Themed Events –

We hold regular events including themed writing, yoga and photography to name a few, plus we also have regular non-writers weeks all throughout the year. Click on an event to view more information and place a booking.

Alison May – Developing Your Novel Tutored Retreats SOLD OUT

23 September 2019

This is now fully booked although dates for 2020 have now been confirmed: 15-19 June &  5-9 Oct 2020 This Monday to Friday retreat will include lots of writing time, one-to-one support available throughout the week, and group tutorials. The retreat is aimed at anyone with a novel in progress, or an idea they’re desperate […]

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Fiction Expert, Julie Cohen is back!

25 November 2019

Mon 25th – Fri 29th Nov £600 Great news for anyone wanting a superb mentor. Fiction expert Julie Cohen has announced that her Workshop week at Retreats For You will be the 25th November! A whole week Monday to Friday with the talented book doctor herself. Together https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=julie+cohen+together You book directly with Julie. Click this […]

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Alison May, Developing your Novel – Tutored Retreat

15 June 2020

This Monday to Friday retreat will include lots of writing time, one-to-one support available throughout the week, and group tutorials. The retreat is aimed at anyone with a novel in progress, or an idea they’re desperate to get started on – whether that’s your first or your twenty-first novel. All your meals are provided – […]

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Writers! Last minute retreat this Monday 26–30 August, full board, wine with supper, no chores, we look after you, you just sit in our cosy picturesque North Devon thatched house and write…do feel free to contact us soon as possible about this or other retreats for instance on the following dates when we have availability –

September 2–6 one place left

October 7 (tutored workshop with award-winning author times in Murray)

October – rare weekend – 11/12 (longer by arrangement)

October - Half term week – tell teachers! And parents, if you want to get away.

Nov - couple of weeks available, nothing in December. Not much January. Now booking for spring.

Full details below about what is available and what is included. Email us


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Writers come and literally just write, no chores, no interruptions, full focus, and stay with like-minded people to chat with, about writing and life, at meal times and in the evening around the roaring fire (in colder months) or outside by the fire pit in the warmer months). We have also just got our portable hot tub up and running as well!


We are a writing retreat based in North Devon, offering full board, afternoon tea /coffee /cake, wine at supper, all included. No chores! You have your own cosy room and writing desk, tea /coffee making facilities, towels, hairdryer, gorgeous crisp egyptian cotton bed linen, comfy mattress, dressing gown & slippers et cetera. Two rooms are ensuite but are booked up.. The main shared bathroom which usually is shared by no more than two upstairs room guests, includes lots of lotions potions and bubbles that all guests are free to use. Downstairs we have a TV room with a massage chair, TV, broadband. The barn bedroom is outside the main building, 20 paces across a small courtyard and many people prefer its solitude, views, and old school set up. (Full details on our book a room page on our website.)

Our facilities also include a lovely courtyard garden; the small studio with a small library, sofa, a massive television and a mini home gym; a pretty back garden with many places to sit and write and relax, and we have just put out our portable hot tub and fire pit for the summer! We have a piano in the lounge, plus a roaring fire during cold months when we put a hot water bottle in your bed. Many other things, little touches that people love.

Do check out our website

And also please look at our Facebook page, link as below, where are you will find over 55 five star reviews from happy guests.

You may also come if you just want to relax. If you drive there are lots of tourist areas nearby and we are half an hour from the beach. We also have wonderful picturesque country walks, riverside path, and a chocolate Labrador for doggy therapy. Our village has a little shop and a popular Gastro pub in the village Square, where we are based. Our nearest station is Exeter Saint Davids and a regular local taxi service operates to collect guests, and the taxi can be shared, if you arrive around midday/1pm. Please follow the instructions below to get booked on the taxi as soon as possible.

On Wednesdays we open our dining room as a little tearooms so you have a tea room experience and afternoon tea with the option of clotted cream, jam and scones, on Wednesday as well.

Prices in 2019 are from £98 per person per night. Ensuite bedroom when available (they get booked up very quickly) is another £17 per person per night. We ask for a £50 deposit, or £100 if you choose the ensuite bedroom, or a yoga week. Balance payable or by bank transfer, before you arrive. Because of the proximity to the event you may wish to pay the full amount straight away.

We also have tutored weeks; this year’s are mostly already fully booked, however, but we are taking bookings for next year.

We have also just announced a new one on 7–11 October with award-winning tutor and also Tamsin Murray. It is essential to book soon. I put you in touch with her for that one so let me know as soon as you can.

Do please look at our ‘book a room’ page on our website where there are some short videos of our bedrooms and facilities plus lots of pics!
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