The Detox Barn, Suffolk, UK

Gentle, plant-based detoxes in a rural setting to energise and motivate


Retreats at The Detox Barn in Suffolk run throughout the year, approximately once a month. All retreats take place over a long weekend, between Friday afternoon and Monday lunchtime.

From £415 per person sharing a double room for three nights (Friday – Monday) including all meals, two yoga sessions, smoothie demos, guided country walks and guided meditation and from £385 per person sharing a double room for two nights.

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Best for: Those seeking a gentle detox experience to boost their health through plant-based eating, yoga, fresh air and laughter.

Not for: Hardcore detoxers, advanced yogis, and those who take themselves too seriously.

In a nutshell: Hosts Sharon and Lauretta Gavin run monthly retreats over a long weekend at an elegantly converted barn near Stowmarket in rural Suffolk. These are an ideal introduction to plant-based, wholefoods eating, and include delicious vegan meals. You’ll be energised, enthused and entertained by your hosts, whose own personal journeys will inspire you. An established comedy double act called Gavin and Gavin, the sisters are also serious about guests having a laugh on their retreat. Relax in a homely environment, join yoga, country walks and meditation, and meet new people.

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: Suffolk

Date: 8 Jan 2021 - 10 Jan 2021

Price: From £395 pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Yoga, Vegan

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: Suffolk, Ipswich

Date: 5 Feb 2021 - 8 Feb 2021

Price: From £425pp for 3 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Vegan, Yoga

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Immune-boosting, rejuvenating plant-based retreat to kickstart a healthy new you

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: Suffolk

Date: 5 Mar 2021 - 8 Mar 2021

Price: From £425pp for 3 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Yoga, Vegan

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An immune-boosting, inspiring retreat to reboot and create healthy new habits

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 19 Mar 2021 - 21 Mar 2021

Price: From £325pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Vegan, Yoga

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 16 Apr 2021 - 18 Apr 2021

Price: From £395pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Yoga, Vegan

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 28 May 2021 - 30 May 2021

Price: From £395pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Vegan, Yoga

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 18 Jun 2021 - 20 Jun 2021

Price: From £395pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Yoga, Vegetarian

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 9 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021

Price: From £395pp for 2 nights

Experience: Digital detox, Vegan, Yoga

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The Gentle Detox

Destination: suffolk

Date: 6 Aug 2021 - 8 Aug 2021

Price: From £395pp for 2 nights

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What’s Queenly?

The refreshing approach of hosts Sharon and Lauretta, who have experienced transformative results from plant-based, wholefoods eating and are passionate but “without being hippy-dippy tree-huggers”. They prove that even vegans can laugh, especially at themselves.

What’s Lowly?

The unpredictable British weather. Bring wet weather walking gear just in case.

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During your long weekend healthy meals based on plant-based, wholefoods are complemented by daily yoga, meditation and country walks. You will be encouraged to turn off digital devices, and massages, facials, reflexology and personal training are available at extra cost.

The ethos of the Detox Barn is that a gentle plant-based detox can get you started on a new healthy lifestyle, help you to re-energise and even (if this is what you are after) lose extra pounds. Sharon Gavin has used years of strict plant-based eating (eliminating processed sugar, alcohol and caffeine as well as meat, fish and dairy) to help her recover from a rare auto- immune disease, and Lauretta Gavin has supported her sister by diving wholeheartedly into the same regime. Both are passionate advocates and wish to share what they have learnt with others. On your retreat you will combine smoothies and juices with healthy vegan meals. Your schedule enables ‘intermittent fasting’ too, in the break of 15 hours between dinner and breakfast. Numerous studies have concluded that an eating pattern of cycling between periods of eating and fasting can have powerful benefits for body and brain, by reducing inflammation in the body, initiating cell repair and regeneration, and promoting short-term increase in metabolic rate that can assist weight loss. Guests will be asked to share their motivations for joining the detox weekend in advance of their arrival. Post-retreat follow up support is offered via a private Facebook group. Here, the Gavin sisters touch base with their guests and provide tips and inspiration for the 30 day challenge they set of maintaining at least three positive habits from the retreat (such as 30 minutes of exercise a day; eliminating processed foods; including a daily juice).

Yoga teacher Wendy Brown leads two 90 minute morning yoga sessions based on gentle and detoxing ‘flow’ routines. Her style is accessible and easy to follow. Wendy has practised yoga for 20 years, taught for seven years and is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute. Yoga mats are provided and the sessions may take place indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.

A typical retreat includes an hour long walk of about three miles, a silent walk of about two miles and a walk on the final morning of about five miles. These guided walks are not compulsory but are an opportunity to appreciate the beautiful Suffolk countryside while working up an appetite. Guests are encouraged to watch a number of health- focused documentaries during the retreat) or borrow books (there is a particularly good range of health-oriented and self-help books available).

There is a collection of inspiring documentaries available to watch  in the communal lounge area, and on occasions a movie night showing documentaries on plant based eating.

Highly rated local therapists are available to provide a wide range of very reasonably priced holistic therapies as well as other beauty treatments. Oliver Ricote is a massage therapist, yoga teacher and movement specialist with qualifications from the ARYM Institute Mysore India and World Peace Yoga School, Rishikesh India. Nicky Hardy specialises in reflexology, Reiki and Indian head massage treatments. Toni Harvey and Michelle Pipkin are beauty therapists offering a range of treatments including luxury Neal’s Yard facials.

Experienced PT and elite badminton coach Helen Thornton of local company Ardent Sports offers private one hour sessions (for £46) tailored to your needs, and can take guests through a range of cardio, HIIT and strength-building exercises using weights, kettlebells. Her style is thorough (she will take your resting pulse and blood pressure to calculate the pitch at which you should be working during different phases), supportive and she will push you to get the best out of you.

Personal spaces

Bedrooms: There are five spacious yet cosy bedrooms, one with separate twin beds and the rest with double beds. Décor is simple, elegant and cosy. Walls are painted in white, cream or warm pastel colours and bedrooms have a mix of wooden flooring and carpets. You can expect a mix of traditional exposed beams, brass and wooden bed frames and antique style chairs and cupboards with stylish modern touches such as tasteful plaques that remind you to ‘Relax’ or ‘Love your Life’. The upstairs room overlooking next door’s farm and the fields beyond is particularly attractive. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, with three that have adjacent bathrooms and two that have private in-room bathrooms. Exposed beams combined with pristine white décor give these a luxurious feel. Dressing gowns and Charcoalogy organic detoxifying shampoos and conditioners are provided.

Personal spaces

Other places to stay: Late-booking guests may be accommodated off-site in a gorgeous local farmhouse where rooms are of a similarly high standard.

Personal spaces

Other spaces to be: Guests will easily find a quiet spot in the beautiful, well-tended garden, including a garden swing-seat by the summer-house. The garden backs on to the fields and guests can step through the fence and venture into the surrounding countryside for more ‘alone time’. A short walk up the lane leads to a small, picturesque village church.

Insider Tips

Try to cut down on processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in advance of the retreat to make the most of it. Pack for British weather – ie. all eventualities. Take up as many massage and holistic treatments as you can afford – they come highly rated.

When to Go

Retreats in Suffolk run throughout the year so check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Summer retreats will enable you to enjoy the two-acre garden, outside yoga, treatments and personal training. Most activities are transferred indoors during winter months, when guests can also enjoy cosy open fires.

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Living areas: Guests will easily find a quiet spot in the beautiful, well-tended garden, including a garden swing-seat by the summer-house. The garden backs on to the fields and guests can step through the fence and venture into the surrounding countryside for more ‘alone time’. A short walk up the lane leads to a small, picturesque village church.

Shared places

Yoga, treatment & workout spaces: When weather permits, yoga and meditation is practised outside in the garden, otherwise the spacious games room serves as a yoga studio and meditation space. Personal training sessions take place outside. Treatments such as massage and reflexology also take place outside in the shade of the garden trees on warm days - otherwise you have them in the games room, which is made into a private cosy space for you. Facial treatments and Reiki take place in the privacy of the wooden summer house in the garden, a small house with glass windows with special curtains to keep out the heat of the summer and retain heat during winter. Air-con and heater units can be introduced if necessary.

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Grounds: The 2-acre garden provides plenty of space for outdoor meals on the patio and relaxation, as well as therapies under the trees and personal training on the lawn area. The garden has mature trees and large flower beds, wooden deck chairs and sun loungers are available, and there are lovely views to enjoy over the fields.

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The dining room is also an area to relax, with a tea station where you can help yourself to fresh organic teas around the clock. On warm days the communal garden is a lovely place to sit with a cup of tea, and in autumn and winter the snug living room has open fires. There’s also a cosy chill out room, while the yoga studio, when not in use, is converted into another relaxing area with reclining chairs, snuggly blankets and candles.

Sustenance

Weather permitting, breakfast is eaten in the interior courtyard patio and lunch on the garden patio. Otherwise, communal meals are in the cosy family dining room which has traditional wooden furniture and exposed beams, as well as a herbal tea point for guests. The Detox Barn is all about plant-based wholefoods. Lauretta is head chef, and uses plenty of fresh organic produce to make meals that are free from processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar.

Breakfasts include overnight oats with berries, or banana pancakes topped with fresh fruits, along with a different smoothie or juice each day. Lunches include fresh tomato courgetti, beetroot and pear soup, or a homemade almond milk smoothie. Dinners include Thai or Indian style curries of vegetables and pulses, with wholegrain rice or sweet potato noodles, and crunchy, vibrant salads. Fruit is available for snacking but you will not go hungry. Green and fresh herbal teas are available, and guests can request a black tea or coffee with non-dairy milk if caffeine withdrawal symptoms become too much. As a general rule though, no caffeine is offered. And certainly no alcohol.

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Sustainability

Fresh produce is brought from a local organic garden and is the basis of most meals and smoothies. Therapists, personal trainers and those who help run the retreat are all locally based. Drinking water is filtered tap rather than bottled water. Food waste is composted and other waste is recycled where possible. Guest towels are kept for the duration of the long weekend. The barn runs on an air source heat pump that absorbs heat from the outside air to generate hot water and heat radiators.

LOCATION

Prospects, Nedging Tye, Suffolk, IP7 7HJ

Stansted

Stowmarket or Ipswich, with direct links from London Liverpool Street.

Airport: Approximately 1 hour | Train: 25 minutes from Stowmarket; 35 minutes from Ipswich.

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Sophie W
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Just returned from a lovely weekend at the Detox Barn with my mum. It was perfect timing with lots going on in the news so really refreshing to switch off and enjoy some quality time together. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning yoga sessions, and the treatments we booked in for our free time were brilliant. We also really enjoyed the closeness we developed with the other guests which we didn’t expect. All in all a unique holiday experience that left us feeling healthy, refreshed and inspired.

Jess
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The Detox Barn is amazing. Lauretta and Sharon are so welcoming. I felt so comfortable and relaxed. The plant based food was incredible, so yummy! You had the option to participate in the activities provided, which took the pressure off. I came home floating and feeling inspired to live a healthier, plant based life! I will definately be returning to The Detox Barn 🙂

Liz O-B
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Sharon and Loretta are authentic hosts. Their natural friendliness, with appropriate boundaries, creates a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment. Warm beds, strong shower, great food…highly recommend the Detox Barn.

Elizabeth Guest
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I completely loved my second time visiting the Detox Barn, it is starting to feel like home!
Sharon and Lauretta are the perfect hosts, they are so warm and welcoming, telling us to treat the barn as our own at the same time they keep a respectable distance so that we can be on a true retreat and spend as much time in company or on our own as we wish. The beds are comfortable and the food is home-cooked and delicious. I never felt hungry once. In fact, I felt so well whilst I was there.
The barn is set in the remote countryside where I barely heard a car my whole stay, to say it is peaceful there is an understatement.
The last time I was there was in the summer, which was so beautiful, idling the days away relaxing in the huge garden. This time I visited at the beginning of January, I wondered how I would feel not being able to enjoy the garden in the same way. But it was just as wonderful to sit by the log fire that was lit all day and contemplate life. I went for a few runs and walks whilst I was there and it is perfect because it is very flat and did I mention it was quiet, so so quiet.
All in all, I had an amazing time. I can’t wait to go back and be treated like one of the family by my lovely hosts.

Michele Butters
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Wow! Such an amazing weekend.
I was actually dreading the thought of a weekend eating just a Plant based diet. How wrong was I…. It was amazing, Lauretta makes the most amazing meals and Sharons smoothies/juices were lovely. A weekend of being able to just sit in peace and read a book or sit and talk to the others staying at the barn or have a treatment. I’ll definitely being returning sooner rather than later. Thanks Ladies xxx

Diane
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Exactly what I needed to start the new year! A wonderfully relaxing weekend – amazing food, inspired to continue vegan eating for the rest of January and see how I get on. Great hosts who were approachable and extremely helpful, wanting to share their tips and experiences. Some great treatments and yoga sessions – all in all a super, wholesome weekend – came back feeling amazing!

Sarah Nelmes
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I booked this weekend away after reading Sharon’s journey through auto immune illness. I suffer myself and have as Sharon quotes “half a life” at the moment and I am not ready to give up on that yet.
I was not convinced on completely vegan as it seemed too restrictive and harsh to live by.
However having spent the weekend eating the food, watching the demonstrations and realising the benefits I am already making the steps towards changing. I have ordered the juicer and books!
The food was glorious, I found myself looking forward to every meal and every juice.
Loretta and Sharon couldn’t have been any more accommodating- I was sick with a nasty cold all weekend so had to step in and out of activities finally leaving a night early. They were so lovely to me, answered my many questions around the subject and even bought me up some food on the night I could t make it out of my bed.
I am planning to go back again so I can be properly involved and get fully immersed and I hope by then I will be well on my vegan whole food eating!
The treatments were amazing, the yoga a perfect gentle introduction that left me wanting to do it more.
The ladies are such fun, down to earth, no chanting or waving around incense, real life and very knowledgeable. The perfect place to take time out, consider your options and life, get involved, don’t get involved. I would recommend in a heartbeat x

Simone
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This was an amazing retreat, there were plenty of activities to join in (or not depending on your preference), treatments available and time to relax. The food was amazing, fresh, tasty, plenty of variety and extra if you needed or wanted it. Sharon and Lauretta were warm, welcoming, funny, attentive and kind. We didn’t want to leave and are booking to go again next year.

Maggie and Ellie
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Ellie and I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at The Detox Barn, we came home happy,relaxed and inspired. Sharon and Lauretta were great hosts and on top of that we met a group of lovely ladies, who were a great laugh and a great support. Really looking forward to meeting up next year.

Brenda McDonald
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The Detox Barn is an absolute treat for anyone wanting to relax and recharge their batteries. Hosts Sharon and Lauretta are inspirational. I loved the vegan food and all the smoothies, I was never hungry! I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga, walks and meditation. Perhaps most importantly I made some really good friends in our group and we’re all planning to go back next year. I’m already looking forward to it. Highly recommended.

Emma Simpson
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This was my second retreat at the Detox Barn. My experience last year was so good that I didn’t think it could be bettered, but I was wrong. Last year I stayed off-site due to all the on-site accommodation being full, but this year I had accommodation in the barn. The bedroom and bathroom were just gorgeous. Morning views over the Suffolk countryside, and the gentle wake up with hot water and lemon before yoga were just perfect. I brought some friends this time – some people knew each other, some didn’t, but the magic that Sharon and Lauretta create made it a perfect blend. They are such generous hosts, with their time, knowledge and passion. Funny, warm, kind and considerate, it is unlike any other retreat I’ve done. It’s like spending a weekend with friends, wrapped in a blanket of care. The informality is what makes it so special. Great location, wonderful treatments and superb food. For me, the best thing is the digital detox and enforced relaxation. It isn’t ‘packed’ with activities, and this is what makes it so wonderful. You just need to stop. Unwind. Breathe. It’ll be an annual thing for me from now on.

Emma Simpson
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I honestly cannot rate this retreat highly enough. I am not vegan (I’m not even vegetarian), but just needed some time out, and a good helping of TLC. I could not have chosen a better place. From the minute we arrived, Lauretta and Sharon made everything so easy and natural; and the food and juices were just delicious. There was no pressure – it was just so relaxed. The barn is stunning, with a beautiful large garden for space and privacy if you need it. Optional treatments are available as an added bonus, and there were walks in the surrounding countryside, yoga and guided meditations. It went so well that the group of strangers that met on day 1, rebooked by day 4 to do it all again next year (that I did not expect!). Thank you Sharon and Lauretta – this place is an absolute gem.

Jill Bartlett
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Had a lovely, relaxing weekend. Accommodation was lovely, & the food was amazing. Lauretta & Sharon are two very inspirational women. I was nervous visiting on my own, but met some wonderful ladies who were a great support. See you next year.

Stephanie Roberts
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I’ve been unwell for the best part of a year but am on the road to recovery and wanted a weekend away to help me reboot myself, and to keep me motivated to improve my wellbeing through diet and lifestyle changes. The Detox Barn was just what the doctor ordered. Sharon and Lauretta made every one of us feel welcome, and took the time to get to know us – but also gave us plenty of space to relax and do our own thing. I loved being able to roll out of bed and do some morning yoga (I’m a beginner, but the level was pitched perfectly), and the other activities were so rejuvenating. Loved the mindfulness walk! I had a Quantum Healing session with the lovely Carol, and would really recommend this for anyone looking for some spiritual guidance; and I enjoyed a full body massage in the treatment room which opened out onto the garden so I could hear the birds and feel the fresh breeze. I want to go back! The food was outstanding, and although I’m not a vegan it’s definitely tempted me to give it a go. Oh, and I discovered banana ice cream – wow! My room was very comfortable, with an en suite and patio doors opening out onto the beautiful countryside. It was refreshing not to have a TV – more time to read, think and relax in the garden. I have definitely gone away inspired to try new things, and would love to return some day.

Louise Hoare
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I had never been on a retreat before and to say I was anxious would have been a huge understatement however Sharon and Lauretta couldn’t have been more welcoming!

The whole weekend was well structured and gave plenty of time to essentially do nothing. I loved just stopping to read, go for a walk, rest or have a treatment – I can especially recommend the reflexology.

The countryside walks were wonderful, and the food was amazing! It opened my eyes to just how delicious plant-based food can be, I even came home and purchased a juicer as I’m keen to continue including juices in my daily routine.

I stayed off site and whilst the Airbnb I stayed in was comfortable, I do feel like I missed out from being fully immersed in the retreat experience. It in no way detracted from the weekend but next time (and there will be a next time), I’ll definitely book a room on-site.

Essentially, I arrived feeling tired, sluggish and in desperate need of a break and came away energised and rejuvenated. Thank you Sharon and Lauretta. x

Adam and Charlie
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Charlie and I had an absolutely fantastic weekend with Sharon and Loretta. This was our first retreat and what a way to start. The food and drinks were incredible, there was a lovely balance between being able to have your own privacy and then integrating with the rest of the group and hosts. I’m not a vegan myself and of a larger, more muscular frame than most and never went hungry once which was a little bit of a concern for me as eat more than the average person. It was beautiful to start each day with Yoga which was some of the best I’ve ever had, go for long walks in the nearby countryside and then relax in the evning by the fire. The whole experience was truly memorable and would love to go back. If you want to kick back, disconnect from technolgy and reconnect with people, nature and food this is a great retreat for you. Plus, Pia, the dog, is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met.

Joanne Crisp
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On my way to The Detox Barn I was a salad and soup hating consistent serial fad dieter obsessive junk food eating chocolate loving nut case who loved to repeatedly tell the story that I just couldn’t stick at anything!!! I didn’t prepare for my detox like I was advised to because my body was used to going from one extreme to the other. I was just going to spend some quality time with my sister, do some yoga, have a massage and read magazines!!! What I got at and from the detox barn was much much more than I could of imagined. The barn is beautiful in its own right, every inch of it everything you would want and expect from a rural country retreat. Sharon and Lauretta were welcoming from the second the door opened, being greeted by lovely Pia the family dog just made it more perfect. Our room was lovely, cosy but still spacious, homely and warm. Everything was planned for us but not in a meticulous regimented way, more of a relaxed this is available join in if you wish kind of way. Sharon and Lauretta are both friendly and professional, available for a good chat and a laugh but also extremely knowledgeable and ready to help and advise. I learnt so much not only about whole food plant based but about myself and other people. I came home feeling different somehow, not the kind of I’m gonna be a vegan and only drink vegetable juice forever (which would never of lasted) but in a kind of I believe in myself and have what it takes to make small changes slowly to build in to big changes kind of way. I am lucky that all the other guests I got to share the time with we’re inspirational, funny, kind, honest and open. It really is one of the best weekends away I have had and I would highly recommend it and have been doing to anyone that listens to me!!! And now I love salad and soup!!!!

Paul duncan mills
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I just returned home to holland after spending a weekend at the detox barn and I could write a book on the great time I had the people that werk there are professional and kind the food was lovely it was a lovely experience and at 61 years old I feel like I have found myself again my co guests were amazing and friendly and I’m counting the days to when I go back I want to thank laurette and Sharon for a wonderful experience

KIMBERLY HOSNY
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I found The Detox Barn just by a quick google search of Plant-Based Retreats. Although I live in Texas, my best friend and I decided a trip across the pond was well worth it. We were not disappointed. The house is warm and welcoming, the room was gorgeous with super comfy beds. Sharon and Lauretta are wonderful hosts, who plan every detail of your weekend, feeding you delicious, nourishing food while making you feel like you’re simply their friends visiting for the weekend. From the treatments, yoga, and the country walks, you won’t be disappointed. We already miss it and cannot wait to come back!

Lisa hunter
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I booked this retreat needing something to refresh…not too hardcore! It was perfect! My room was beautiful with a generous and nicely decorated en-suite. The food was astonishingly tasty, I didn’t feel hungry once. The juices were lush, the yoga gentle and uplifting.
The welcome from Sharon and Lauretta was warm, funny and friendly. They were perfect hosts.
The group we were with were amazing -a big mix of ages and backgrounds…but the Detox barn is a special place, and the bonds formed by strangers over such a short but intense space of time, was really powerful.
Whether you sit and read by the cosy fires, have luxurious treatments or go on walks in the countryside…you will leave feeling amazing with an enhanced sense of healthful diet and wellbeing. I will be going back!

Chris Pollitt
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Well, have been here twice and enjoyed both visits. The food is great as are the two ladies running the Detox Barn. Yoga is not for me but I booked Helen for some personal training and she was very good and has got me back in the zone.. whatever that is!

Di W
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Had a fantastic weekend at the detox barn with fantastic hosts Sharon & Lauretta. I met some lovely people who had amazing stories and we had loads of laughs. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the fab vegan food. It was filling and delicious. The days are spaced out nicely with gentle yoga in the mornings, great country walks and fab options for treatments. I enjoyed the treatments with Toni & found the Spiritual healing with Carol inspiring. The silent walk followed by meditation was lovely & calming. The smoothies were delicious and I have been inspired to buy a juicer and have changed the way I eat. I am planning a return trip in a couple of months & highly recommend this as a great way to step out of the world & press the reset button.

Estelle
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I have just returned from the detox barn where I spent a lovely 3 days !! Sharon and Lauretta are just lovely hosts. The setting is just beautiful, a lovely barn with open fires and such a great atmosphere. I was given a spacious and light bedroom and settled in on Friday. I met the other guests, a great bunch of people, all from different walks of life, but we all got on very well. I had an early night on Friday which was just what I needed, I was nervous about turning off my phone, but it was actually great to properly switch off! On Saturday and Sunday morning we had yoga sessions which I very much enjoyed, we had really tasty smoothies and great vegan meals. Lauretta is an amazing cook and her vegan cakes were out of this world! I had also booked some treatments during my stay, the facial and massage by the lovely Toni were so relaxing and reflexology on Sunday was outstanding! We had lovely long country walks throughout the stay, we were so lucky with the weather and the scenery was just perfect. I spent time reading my book by the fire. Absolute bliss !.. On Sunday night, we all spent time together sharing stories, and we all had such a laugh! I left on Monday after our last walk (with the lovely Margaret), we had brunch together and left to go back to reality … Switching on my phone back after 3 days felt strange after being off the grid 🙂 I would highly recommend the retreat to anyone having a busy life and wanted to take a break from it all! I learned a lot about veganism and have carried on with the tips of a healthy lifestyle I have learned at the retreat. I felt rejuvenating after my stay. What really makes the retreat so special is definitely Lauretta and Sharon, they are utterly funny, so welcoming and very much my kind of people, they aren’t preaching or judgmental, they are very open and so easy to talk to and I felt like being with friends 🙂 I will definitely go back!

Jennifer Blisd
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What a deeply relaxing few days I had at the Detox barn – Sharon’s journey to recovery through a plant based lifestyle is both fascinating and inspirational.
Fabulous food, wonderful treatments and a cosy atmosphere made this stay a truely unique experience – The hosts were exceptional and could not do enough for us!
Will definitely book again as there is nowhere quite like it – a little hidden gem

susan ebanks
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I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a truly lovely weekend. My room was beautiful, warm and cosy.

You are both so kind, caring and inspiring. My weekend flew by with exceptional company coupled with fantastic vegan food, yoga, body treatments, walks, sitting around the fire talking, reading and a little colouring.

You have enabled me to make some lovely new friends and we have already decided we will be back for more later in the year!

With love and best wishes Sue Ebanks 23/01/2019

Suzi Zemenides
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The Detox Barn – I’ve just come home from this truly inspiring retreat and I already can’t wait to go back! The fantastic Sisters, Loretta and Sharon, who have so many fabulous stories and info to share, as well as all the other likeminded wonderful people who attended this weekend, made the experience a memory I will always cherish. Thank you girls from the bottom of my heart!!
So much to mention, so much to miss!! The cosy comfy Barn, the delicious food which was served in abundance, the gentle morning yoga, the meditation, the long country walks, the ‘real’ talks around the fire, that created life long friends, the magical sun rise, the teas, the wonderfully relaxing treatments, the unbelievable “not naughty” desserts, I mean the list is endless!!!! Oh and I those gorgeous turmeric lattes are to die for!!!

Gonul Dogay
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I have just returned from the The Detox Barn and I loved it! Sharon and Loretta are the most wonderful hosts and so down to earth. The barn itself is beautiful with wooden beams and open fireplaces, very cosy on a cold day. We were given delicious smoothies and vegan food and in all honesty I did not feel hungry at all.. I also did not miss tea or coffee, the herbal teas were lovely.. The yoga really helped my lower back and I am going to continue at home. The walks were refreshing and energising. The other guests were great and we now how a Detox what’s app group to help each other! I will definitely go back again and am also going to change some of my eating habits. Thank you Sharon and Loretta.

Vimal Patel
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After much excess over the Christmas period, I decided that I needed to start 2019 like most people with good intentions and hence a healthier lifestyle routine. I had been recommended the Detox Barn by some former work colleagues and after reading the reviews and visiting the website I thought I’d take the plunge.

I was a bit apprehensive at first, as the thought of meeting a group of strangers on one of my few free weekends was not something that I’d done recently. In fact, it was probably the last thing I wanted to do, however, I cannot begin to explain how it has kick-started my new healthier lifestyle.
It’s only been two weeks since the retreat but I’ve managed to stick to the new eating regime and am just so much more mindful. The decision to go was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Sharon and Lauretta are impeccable hosts and you are made to feel welcome from the get-go. They are an extremely warm, knowledgeable and passionate double act who really care about the message they are trying to put out there.

The food and juices are nothing short of amazing, the company just as good and the surroundings the perfect environment to “just be”.
Whilst there I treated myself to the various treatments you can additionally book, from one to one personal training sessions to a gentle facial and full body massage. I figure if you’ve made the effort to invest in your well being then it goes without saying that you reward yourself

I have not only tapped into a healthier, more conscious me but also made new friends whom I’m already in touch with.
I will definitely be back and was reluctant to write this post as there was a part of me that was hoping to keep this place a well-kept secret.

Angela Bourke
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I have just returned from my second visit to The Detox Barn and cant rate it highly enough. The surroundings are idyllic, the accommodation is luxury comfort, the food is divine and the owners are welcoming, friendly and fun. The four day retreat encompasses yoga, country walks, meditation, smoothie demonstrations, open fires, relaxation areas, herbal and fruit teas on tap, delicious plant based organic meals and recipes and tips to boot (all included) You can also treat yourself to a facial, a massage, reflexology, reiki, healing or a personal training session or two for very competitive prices.
It’s the perfect package for a little pick-me-up or for pure relaxation. I love that it’s a gentle detox with no judgement if you want to just use it to relax and unwind but that it can also be a more active experience if you wish. Will definitely be returning again!

Sophie Edgar
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Well what a truly amazing weekend it’s been! I enjoyed every minute of The Detox Barn weekend, soaked up lots of new facts and eating tasty Vegan plant based food without feeling like I went without. Sharon & Lauretta are the perfect hosts with the beautiful Barn and pretty surroundings. The much needed reset that was long overdue. Thank you ladies, I’m so pleased I achieved it

Linda McAleer
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Absolutely loved The Detox Barn. Was blown away from the moment I stepped inside. Fabulous relaxed atmosphere. Seriously delicious vegan food. simply the most divine smoothies I’ve ever tasted . I know .. coz I’m approaching my 5th decade so I’ve tried many a smoothie!! (yikes.. how did almost 5th decade happen) . Anyhow, my point is by the time I left I felt a decade younger! Highly rejuvenating, invigorating and refreshing. By hook or by crook, I’ll be back . Thank you so much. Lauretta & Sharon. Best weekend I’ve had all year. I give 7 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

NAOMI FORD
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What a weekend, I had such a great time at the Detox Barn. Both Sharon and Lauretta were informative and obviously passionate about being Vegan but without pushing it down your throat. I am a meat eater and likely to remain so but I have learnt how to make small changes for my health that are realistic and manageable with my busy life. The food was so tasty and I never felt hungry once which was my concern.

I also had a great PT session by Helen. I would recommend her she is knowledgeable and explains how to work effectively. I complimented this with a facial and massage both were very good. The country walks and fresh air ensured a great nights sleep. I didn’t wear a watch or touch my mobile once and I loved it.

I met a great group of people who like me wanted to try and improve their health through diet and they just made the weekend.

Thanks again ladies, keep up the good work!

Jenna Tredwen
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This retreat is definitely what i needed, a relaxed weekend full of filling vegan food, beauty treatments and the barn is beautiful is a rural setting which i loved coming from a busy london town. I am already planning my next retreat.

Jo BB
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Stayed at this lovely retreat in May 2018. Had not been on a detox before and wasn’t sure what to expect but spent a wonderful 3 nights relaxing, being pampered, fed and entertained by the wonderful hosts Sharon and Gavin and met some truly wonderful, inspiring and funny people.
It was such a welcoming home from home. Dinner with the other guests on the retreat is really interesting and great conversations were had. Intro to Yoga was fantastic. Something I’ve always wanted to try but never got round to. I still do it now. Yoga out in the beautiful gardens was especially relaxing. The treatments available to pamper yourself are great and reasonably priced. The vegan food was delicious as were the smoothies and fruit juices.
Would definitely recommend a visit to see Sharon and Loretta and hear their amazing story. They are truly inspirational.

Pippa Sarll
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Perfect antidote when experiencing a bit of life burn out. Absolute highlights for me were the best night’s sleep I’d had in months, country walks and the simple but blissful pleasure of sitting in front of a log fire. The smoothies were so delicious and filling and have got me started on my weight loss.

Kalia Costa
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I just loved the detox retreat, it was so beautiful and relaxing, the food was delicious and the girls Lauretta and Sharon couldn’t have been more welcoming.

This place is a little gem, it’s not too hard core which was great. Plenty of relaxation and I still managed to loose just over half a stone just in one weekend. Goes to show what good food and juicing can do.

The other guests I met on the retreat were all lovely and we’ve all kept in touch and continue to inspire eachother.

Thank you again Sharon and Lauretta for a perfect weekend, I will be booking again for the new year. Thoroughly recommend it to everyone xx

Lisa Kennedy
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I’ve learnt how to make some lovely juices & smoothies, eaten some delicious vegan food (who knew!) and feel super chilled and motivated to continue on my path to a healthier lifestyle after this weekends visit to The Detox Barn. The hosts are warm & approachable, the garden vast & tranquil. I want to go back!!

Tracy Bown
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Loved my stay at The Detox Barn…ticked all the boxes.
Delicious healthy vegan food and juices, tranquil surroundings, enjoyed the yoga in the garden and country walks….the girls were great and very attentive to all the guests requirements…highly recommend it.

Dominicqa Brown
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Well….the Detox Barn is truly somewhere to go if you’re in need of a switch off and escape from the hustle and bustle. It’s in a stunning location and the barn itself is beautiful too! It’s worth the money and the travel time. I had a long journey from Manchester but I wasn’t put off. I’d do it all again, 12 and a bit hours exactly, to have that experience bless me in my life again that’s for sure.

The hospitality, the food (when did healthy food taste so good was my motto all weekend!!!), the company, the views, the treatments, the books, the films, the herbal teas, the flavoured water, the silent walks, the walks, the 8am knock at the door that meant it was wake up time and hot lemon water time, the yoga, the no social media and phone policy LOL (I actually handed in my phone and it was so liberating!l, the life lessons, the escapism, the journey of growth and awareness and the laughter was just out of this world to be honest. The trip was everything I wanted and more. The little touches like a motivational quote on your pillow and organic shower gels and shampoos, just made it so special. It’s been a few months now since I returned BUT I still talk about it weekly without fail. Go and enjoy the experience. I will definitely be going back and I still feel so blessed and proud that I managed to make this experience happen.
The hosts are patient, hilarious, helpful, knowledgeable, honest and just open.
Wonderful….just wonderful!