The Coach House Retreat, Wales

Stylish private wellbeing haven in a wild Welsh setting


The Coach House is available Wednesday 3pm -Sunday 2pm, with a minimum stay of two nights. On other days, Olivia runs classes here – but she is very flexible with arrangements and may be able to accommodate other dates on request. The Coach House is open all year round, and is available for weekly rental during the school holidays. Some dates are blocked out for pre-booked Wellbeing Events or Artisan Courses, when reduced accommodation rates are on offer.

Minimum stay 2 nights: £250 per night for four people, £230 per night for three people, £220 per night for 2 people, £140 per night for a solo traveller – all including accommodation and a breakfast hamper for the duration of your stay. £200 per night for a solo traveller including a daily yoga and meditation session. All other yoga and meditation sessions cost £70, although Olivia offers a discount when you book more than one session. Discounts are also offered when you book in for more than 4 nights.

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Best for: Parent/s with children who want to relax, solo travellers, couples and friends getting away from the city.

Not for: Those without their own transport, or those who want structure and routine.

In a nutshell:

Tucked away down a little lane among stunning countryside, yet only a short drive from Newport, The Coach House retreat offers a bright, peaceful space where you can take time out to slow down. Experience private sessions of yoga and Buddhist mindfulness with experienced teacher and owner Olivia Clarke, reconnect with nature through an array of activities in the wild welsh hills, with river swimming, forest bathing and mountain walking on your doorstep, book a massage or just relax on the patio and drink in the stunning landscapes. This is also a great place to bring your novel or artwork to finish. Come alone or with your children, family or friends.

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What’s Queenly?

The bright, elegant cocoon of space that is the Coach House. Watching the sun go down over miles of wild countryside from the comfort and calm of this beautiful historical building captures the essence of moment-by-moment experience that is on offer here. Wonderful for stressed parents, children are welcome, and Olivia also teaches Children's Yoga and Mindfulness.

What’s Lowly?

Do not expect superking size beds – the coach house is a converted historic building and the upstairs rooms, although doubles, are cosy rather than cavernous.

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Book private sessions of yoga and mindfulness with owner Olivia and relax or create in between. There’s also an array of wellbeing activities that can be booked directly through other companies.

Olivia Clarke is a Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation teacher who blends the insights of her learning to create a balanced and integrated approach to living. She has been teaching since 1998 and has also trained in Shiatsu. She is a practitioner of the Buddha Dharma and is committed to deepening her practice as a life long student. She is also a registered teacher of The Yoga Academy and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training scheme, and has done a number of trainings with Shiva Rea. She offers one-to-one or small group yoga and meditation sessions - discuss your needs with her. Olivia also teaches Children's Yoga and Mindfulness.

There are many beautiful walks in the area for all levels of ability, as well as some lovely gardens such as Nant –Y-Bedd and Allt-y-Bella. Olivia can provide suggestions and details of these, and can put you in touch with local mountain guides if you want to upgrade your walk to a hike. Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) is a must. Connect with nature and experience its restorative powers with local guide Carina Greenwood, who offers the chance to bathe in all your senses whilst walking in the forest.

Local company Run Wild offer wild swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking on the beautiful river Wye and Usk, as well as running and body conditioning.

This is a great place to bring your unfinished novel or artwork or to get into your own photography project. Take the space to yourself to create, and book yoga, mediation and massage to ease body and mind during the process.

Artisan bakers Dough and Daughters run courses and can be booked to provide bespoke private sessions at the Coach House.

Olivia can recommend a highly qualified local Shiatsu practitioner as well as other holistic therapists including Evangeline Di Michele for Tula Massage and Karan Carmen for nutritional advice.

Personal spaces

There are two double bedrooms, both ensuite. The decor is stylish and simple, with white walls and bed linen contrasting with strikingly patterned headboards and lamps. Framed ink drawings add a personal feel. Both rooms are cozily carpeted and have built-in wooden wardrobes. Our ensuite had a bath and shower with a marble-topped vanity unit, and was sprinkled with pretty tiles decorated with a dragonfly motif. The theme is continued in the other bathroom, with butterfly-patterned tiles and a walk-in shower. There are fluffy towels, yummy Korres toiletries and fresh flowers on the bedside table. Other products used include Senspa, Organic Little Soap Company, Avalon Organics and Ecover. Cots can be provided for small children.

Insider Tips

You can round off a mountain walk with a visit to the stunning Raglan Castle, which is only a couple of miles away. Then indulge yourself with a meal at the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree restaurant near Abergavenny.

When to Go

The Coach House is toasty warm in the Winter with underfloor heating, generous radiators and heated towels rails in the bathrooms, when you can hunker down for a quiet retreat. The Autumn and Spring in Wales are perfect for walking in the mountains, while Summer is ideal for walking, kayaking and wild swimming.

Shared places

The Coach House is open plan downstairs, with a kitchen, dining and living room area, and has been carefully furnished to create a calm and balanced space where you feel equally at home doing yoga or cooking an evening meal. The fitted kitchen is brand new and equipped with everything you need, with pretty vintage china and a good selection of herbal teas and coffee. In the dining area the large table can be easily moved to create a studio space for yoga sessions, with underfloor heating and plenty of room to stretch and move. The living area is furnished with squashy leather armchairs and there are an array of books to choose from, as well as drawers full of board games for those rainy Welsh afternoons. The living area looks out through french windows to a pretty patio garden planted with bay and lavender, with a chiminea for summer BBQs and a view out across the countryside. There is original art on the walls and gorgeous prints and fabrics.

Sustenance

The Coach House includes a bespoke breakfast hamper on your arrival – it can include a variety of delicious breakfast goodies such as artisan bread, yoghurt, cereal, berries, smoked salmon, eggs, bacon, coffee and tea. There are plenty of vegan options and a juicing machine available for making fresh homemade juices. Other than breakfast the Coach House is self-catering – you can bring your own food, order a supermarket delivery or Olivia and John will stock your fridge on request.

If you want to eat out, there are some great pubs and restaurants only a short drive from the Coach House – try the Beaufort Brasserie in Raglan (8 minutes drive) for good quality pub food, or the Clytha Arms (a 10 min drive) for the Welsh equivalent of a French country restaurant. The Crown at Pantygelli is perfect for lunch or supper after hiking the Sugar Loaf, or head to to Bean and Bread in Abergavenny for vegan options.

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LOCATION

The Coach House, Craig Road, Penyclawdd, Monmouthshire NP25 4BN

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Natalie E
Natalie E
29 days ago
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My friend and I are teachers and booked the Coach House with a view to relax and wind down in the countryside for the weekend. The Coach House itself is beautifully decorated, extremely stylish whilst remaining very homely. Olivia, our host came to greet us and was so lovely! Very warm and friendly, showed us around and had stocked the most amazing breakfast hamper for us with delicious organic and high quality foods.
On the Saturday morning we had a 2:1 private yoga session with Olivia – I am 20 weeks pregnant and this was tailored to myself and my friend beautifully. We were each challenged appropriately. Olivia is clearly hugely experienced and there was a lovely spiritual element to the practice – which we were hoping for. (I am sure Olivia could adapt to anyone who isn’t keen on this side of things.)

Storm Hannah came to visit so instead of a walk we hunkered down and read books, napped and watched a movie. Jo Song, a local massage therapist came to the Coach House and we both received an hour long massage. Jo was also very experienced and very lovely – a fantastic massage for us both.

The kitchen is well equipped and there is a lovely selection of teas. The bedrooms are beautiful and very comfy! Lovely beds and soft bed linen. The bathrooms are again very tasteful, clean and stocked with lovely Korres toiletries. The house was spotless.

Olivia even recommended some pregnancy books/cds to me – which was thoughtful and kind. Our privacy was respected at all times. The property has its own garden with seating area and chimnea, which when we return – we will use in better weather!

The surrounding area is stunning, we can highly recommend the Clytha Trail walk and a visit to Raglan Castle and cafe for a mooch and a cup of tea and cake. I hope to explore this more on our return.

All in all a wonderful break and I will definitely be back! Thank you x

Kate
Kate
1 year ago
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I visited The Coach House for three days in May as a solo traveller in need of some time out and creative space to get on with some writing. As a mum of three I also really just needed to not be needed for a few days and The Coach House was absolutely perfect.

I had everything I needed to eat well (delicious breakfast hampers), sleep well (wonderful bed and crisp linens), stretch and rest.

Being just across the drive from the wonderful Olivia and John I also felt safe and knew they were there if I needed anything which it turns out I didn’t really.

The weather was awful but that didn’t matter as it allowed me not to feel guilty for being a bit lazy and curling up with my book. The Coach House all mod cons so I was able to make sure it stayed cozy and the view from the shower was wonderful!

I wouldn’t hesitate to return. I arrived exhausted and am leaving energised which was exactly the point. Thanks to Olivia.

Alex
Alex
29 days ago
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My mum and I booked this as a chance for us both to have some time out together. In spite of being very rural, the Coach House was very easy to find and we were welcomed by fresh cut garden flowers and a generous breakfast hamper. The house is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated with everything you could need for a few days of relaxation. The house is completely private but close enough to Olivia and John’s home to feel really safe and to know that there’s someone on hand if you ever need anything. We booked two yoga sessions with Olivia which were perfectly tailored to suit both my mum who had not really practised yoga before and me who practices regularly. This part of the world is also stunning with walking, hiking and lovely towns to potter in all nearby. We both left feeling not only relaxed but completely recharged and I would not hesitate to recommend the Coach House to anyone looking for some time away from the business of life. We will definitely be back.

Claire J
Claire J
1 year ago
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We spent two days and three nights at The Coach House in late July.
I needed the retreat aspect but also wanted to introduce my husband and 14 year old daughter to yoga and mindfulness. An opportunity to show them what I enjoy and to allow them to experience yoga and forest bathing first hand.
Daily morning yoga in the expert hands of Olivia set the tone for the day. A balance of strength and stretching, tailored to our abilities, with an undertone of mindfulness.
The forest bathing afternoon with Corina was calming and restorative. Thumbs up from my teenager and husband who had been sceptical beforehand but thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Coach House is a great find. Lovely rooms, comfortable beds, clean and well equipped with lovely breakfast hamper. The outside seating catches the evening sun with relaxing views. Add in a burning log or two in the chimnea and you are totally sorted.
Olivia is a super host and available for advice on local trips, local restaurants and of course expert in yoga.
This is now firmly on my getaway list, for those moments in life when you need to escape and find some “me” time.
Thank you Olivia

Machela Sathekga
Machela Sathekga
10 months ago
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“What an incredible stay at The Coach House Retreat. I have loved and treasured every moment of my solo retreat. I have been revived, rejuvenated and healed in this beautiful space. Olivia’s one to one yoga classes cannot be recommended enough. She customised the poses to meet me where I was – thank you. Thank you for the generous and delicious breakfast hamper – a real cherry on top of an already fantastic getaway. Words fail me – it just has to be experienced. I loved it! Thank you Olivia”

Sian Keane
Sian Keane
10 months ago
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Thank you so much for a gorgeous solo retreat at the coach house. From the point of booking you went out of your way to accommodate me at short notice; I knew it was going to be a personal experience. Learning about yin yoga and walking in the woodlands was a gorgeous way to take time out from my busy life and appreciate the present. The coach house itself is so cosy and tastefully decorated, I hope to visit again very soon!

Sian Keane – Wandsworth, London, September 8th-10th 2019