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In Short: This is a very easy place to relax – as a B&B guest in one of two farmhouse rooms, or self-catering in a cottage, yurt or your own tent. Hosts Julie, Tia and Richard are friendly and laid back, and you can book relaxing hot stones treatments, massage, reflexology and various beauty treatments with capable local therapists or therapeutic massage with Tia. We especially love the grounds, with their wild gardens and flowers. Quirky, individual touches such as a Victorian street lamp, traditional red phone box, outdoor wall clock and storage barns with painted doors make you feel you’re in a tiny village. From £40pp per person, per night bed & breakfast.
From £40pp to £50pppn B&B, from £300 to £1300 cottage rental per week self-catering, from £230 for three nights in a yurt to £350 for a week. Wild meadow camping (just two tents at a time) £7.50 pppn. Massages £40.
In Short: A remarkable project created by English-Dutch couple Angela and Dirk, Puyssentut is a specialist retreat that offers a wonderfully restful environment for anyone wanting to get away from the rollercoaster that is cancer. Puyssentut means ‘protected high place’, and this retreat is nestled in the glorious rural countryside of Commune of Homps, in South West France, just an hour away from Toulouse. Your base is a carefully restored, beautiful 14th Century Chateau in the middle of fields of sunflowers, with just 10 super ensuite rooms. Week-long group retreats run four times a year, in May, June, September and October. It’s a truly special place, offering calm and inspiration, and comes highly recommended. For those who want to go on retreat but can’t afford it, financial help is also available from The Puyssentut Foundation.
In Short: Literally palatial, this mammoth complex on the foothills of the Himalaya lords over thousands of km of plains below. You are treated like royalty – staff bow when they pass you, and say prayers whilst washing your feet. Everyone floats around in fine white pyjamas but there’s no asceticism here. Instead there’s marble, personalized yoga teaching, a phenomenal array of topnotch treatments in fastidiously comfortable private rooms, and often four hands working on you simultaneously. The restaurant is far too good to obey the ayurvedic doctors’ guidance. Visiting speakers teach non-materialistic Indian spiritual concepts nightly, yet the overall feeling is of a grand, indulgent hotel.