Creative Writing Retreat

Creative Writing Retreat

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A weekend retreat for budding authors, with tutor Peter Govey and a guest talk from award-winning author Claire Fuller.  This retreat is available either with accommodation or on a non-residential basis.

This is a weekend retreat, starting with a hosted dinner on the Friday night, followed by two days creative writing, and a talk from acclaimed author Claire Fuller.  Lunch is included on the Saturday and breakfast on both days.

With accommodation from £535

Non-residential, £150 - ideal for locals. Includes dinner on the Friday and lunch on the Saturday.

Unwind with Writing!

If you, like so many of us these days, are finding the pressures of modern life increasingly intrusive, this course is designed to help!

And if you have ever tried to clear your mind by writing so much as a to-do list, you have already taken the first step in your journey of writing to unwind.

Using a plethora of accessible and stimulating creative writing ideas, our aim will be to provide you with a way of fighting stress with creativity and enjoyment and to provide exercises and  tools to enhance and develop your creative writing skills.

And while we can’t turn you into a best-selling author overnight–only you can do that–we can help you build a bridge between brain and biro to set your imagination free!

Absolutely no previous experience is needed–only a willingness to open your mind, and an eagerness to write.

From £535

Included in your Retreat

  • Two days of creative writing workshops
  • Talk and Q&A with author Claire Fuller
  • 2 night's accommodation
  • Breakfast on both days
  • Dinner on Friday evening hosted by Instructor Peter Govey
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Use of the spa facilities including the heated outdoor pool, indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and gym
  • Prices start at £535 for single occupancy and £690 for double occupancy
  • Room upgrades are available at additional cost
  • Spa treatments available at additional cost
  • Use of the tennis court and croquet lawn

A new hobby for 2023, or brush up your skills...

What happens when?

Arrive at the hotel on Friday afternoon, in time for an in intimate dinner with the other attendees (around 12 in total), hosted by your instructor Peter Govey. This is a great opportunity to meet everyone informally.

On Saturday morning you will begin your writer's retreat under Peter's guidance, and a buffet lunch is provided. You'll then continue through Saturday afternoon, which will close with a facsinating talk and Q&A from author Claire Fuller.

On Saturday evening you are free to choose where to eat, either in our laidback brasserie 1772, or our pan-Asian restaurant Yu. We advise booking a table as soon as you have booked your weekend retreat.

On Sunday morning, after breakfast, the workshop continues, and finishes around lunchtime. You are welcome to stay for Sunday Lunch, and Peter will be around to help with any additional project work or questions.

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Spa Treatments

For total relaxation

Experience one of our fabulous ILA Spa treatments. Choose from a wide range of treatment rituals including face therapy, massages, well-being rituals, couples' experiences and pregnancy treatments.

Dinner in Yu

A fine dining experience

A perfect fit with your weekend of Eastern-inspired relaxation, our pan-Asian restaurant Yu is the perfect space to switch off and indulge yourself, with a relaxed fine-dining experience.  Our laid back brasserie 1772 will also be open.

Afternoon Tea

in the Orangery

Afternoon Tea at the Retreat is an experience not to be missed - why not book for Saturday afternoon?

Spa Treatments

For total relaxation

Experience one of our fabulous ILA Spa treatments. Choose from a wide range of treatment rituals including face therapy, massages, well-being rituals, couples' experiences and pregnancy treatments.

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Dinner in Yu

A fine dining experience

A perfect fit with your weekend of Eastern-inspired relaxation! With its woven fans, bamboo-style framed mirrors and warm lighting, our pan-Asian restaurant Yu is the perfect space to switch off and indulge yourself, with a relaxed fine-dining experience.

A private dinner for the group is included on the Friday evening. On the Saturday night you can choose from Yu or our brasserie 1772.

Yu Menu >>

Afternoon Tea

in the Orangery

Afternoon Tea at the Retreat is an experience not to be missed. Included is a hot drink from our exclusive Twist Tea range, a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam and a selection of cakes.

Our quintessentially English Afternoon Tea is served in the Orangery, or - weather permitting - on the terrace, with spectacular views of the North Wessex Downs.

Please book in advance.

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Terms & Conditions

1) Prices are per room per two nights.

2) Includes VAT.

3) Spa treatments are subject to additional charges.

4) Subject to availability and not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.