BLEAK HOUSE EXPERIENCES 2019
SPRING IN DEVON
25TH to 29TH MARCH 2019 / CHILLINGTON, SOUTH DEVON
AN ENCHANTING TRIP FOR ADVENTUROUSLY SPIRITED WOMEN
A chance to reward your hard work and achievements and reinvigorate your creative spirit. Immerse yourself in nature, surround yourself with beauty, make new friends and treat yourself to a most wonderful adventure.
AN IMMERSIVE, ALL-INCLUSIVE ADVENTURE
An unforgettable and enriching four days spent with like-minded women in beautiful Devon on the South Coast of England. This experience has been carefully created to show you some of the wonders of this atmospheric county and to give you the time, space and creative stimulation to return refreshed and inspired having made new friends and special memories.
We will discover a different side of Devon, far from the crowds of summer, a place where the hedgerows are carpeted with primroses and the undulating green hills are home to gambolling lambs. In the early Spring the tourists are yet to arrive and the shady lanes and pretty thatched villages are quiet and peaceful. The beaches are deserted and the pubs are fire-lit and cosy. We will lose ourselves in the present and immerse ourselves in the past. Our trip will be a perfect mix of faultless modernity and irresistible history.
We will eat excellent food in ancient pubs and ramshackle beach huts, we will take trips on little ferry boats and iconic sea tractors. We will visit Agatha Christie’s surprisingly emotive and picturesque home Greenway, and experience the enigmatic charm of Burgh Island. We will amble along gorgeous beaches, and take swims in the sea for those who wish to.
We will be staying in a beautiful Georgian house where your every need will be taken care of. A series of creative workshops and talks will help you make the most of your trip and all of your future adventures too. We will sit by the fire, share stories and forge friendships that will last long into the future.
”Oh my gosh, I've been telling all my friends about the first Bleak House Devon Experience, and if you're on the fence at all you need to jump off and just do it!! We spent the most lovely week exploring this sweetest spot of the UK under Annabel's expert guidance. As the only American, I couldn't have felt more welcomed or more satisfied with such a beautifully British experience.” - Lauren Keim, Photographer, Virginia, USA
A CHANCE TO STEP OUT OF YOUR BUSY LIFE FOR A FEW DAYS
Our Bleak House Devon Experience is chance to retreat from your everyday life and see the world through a different perspective. You will return home refreshed and invigorated.
The trip is designed to allow plenty of breathing space to unwind, relax and enjoy the house, as well as inspiring trips out to soak up the beauty, history and literary connections of Devon. You will be looked after all week, and the only decisions you will have to make are whether to sit by the fire with a book, chat to a new friend over a glass of wine or retire early to your comfortable bed.
There are just seven places available and early booking is essential.
”I’ve not stopped thinking about my first Bleak House Experience since I got back! It was just what I needed to relax and recharge after a hectic year. I was nervous to be sharing a room and house with 5 women I didn't know, but it was amazing how quickly we all bonded and I feel I've made some lifelong friends. Sharing the fabulous views and adventures with like minded women is something I'll cherish forever. Thank you Annabel for a wonderful week, can't wait for the next one!” - Kelly Sparkes, Wordpress mentor, Hertfordshire
”I went on the Devon retreat hoping to meet other Agatha Christie fans. In the end I got much more out of Annabel’s Bleak House experience. I met new friends, found inspiration and learnt new skills in only 4 days. I encourage all my friends to take some time off their very busy schedule to enjoy being cared for and being more present”. - Nat Aubry, Freelance Content Creator, Hertfordshire
This is a luxurious, all-inclusive experience and has been designed to allow you to have a break from the overwhelm of decision making in everyday life. We've taken care of pretty much everything so you can focus on relaxing, unwinding and enjoying yourself.
Accommodation in a luxury Grade II listed Georgian house. Choose from single occupancy or share a twin room. Book with a friend, or if you prefer, we will match you up with a fellow guest.
All meals and drinks for the duration of the experience, including wine with dinner and drinks beforehand.
All transport during the trip and entry tickets. We will be travelling in style and there are no logistics for you to worry about.
Transfers to and from Totnes railway station for those arriving on the 15:03 from Paddington on Monday 25th March and returning on the 15:27 to Paddington on Friday 29th March.
My expertise & knowledge of the local area combined with my taste and eye for quality will ensure everything we do on the trip will be as good as it possibly can be.
Four inspiring days to recharge, unwind, make new friends and immerse yourself in beautiful surroundings.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Your transport to Devon. You can arrive by car or, if you prefer, by train to Totnes where we will collect you from the 15:03 from Paddington. Totnes is a mainline station and is three and a half hours direct from London. We advise booking 12 weeks ahead to get the best prices for train travel. If you cannot make this train, you will need to catch a taxi from Totnes which costs around £35.
Additional drinks and food outside of those provided at the pubs and restaurants we visit. However it is unlikely that you will need this. (All food and drinks at the house are included.)
Making decisions this experience is designed to give you a break from making decisions and having to do the endless and exhausting research that holidays often entail. You can relax, knowing everything we have chosen is of the highest quality and chosen with style, beauty and enjoyment in mind.
Crowds, noise, bustle and stress at this time of year Devon is quiet, relaxing and serene.
''The effects of being away from London, work, and everything else really surprised me. Having no decisions to make, other than whether you want to go for a walk or read a book by fire, really puts everything in perspective, and meeting new people gives you new perspectives. I came back to London with so much energy and clarity. I'd been to Agatha Christie's Greenway before, but I'd never travelled there by steam train or played her piano!'' - Jenna Riffell, Strategy Consultant, London
We will be staying in a handsome seven bedroom Grade II listed Georgian house located in the pretty village of Chillington, near Salcombe in South Devon. This elegant home is set in one acre of quiet grounds complete with a walled garden and wooden swings from which all you can hear is the sound of spring birdsong. The house dates from the 1600s and has been renovated sympathetically and decorated sumptuously. It’s utterly, utterly gorgeous - the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary - and you won’t want to ever leave.
You can choose between a single occupancy room or share a room with another guest. Each room is individually and luxuriously decorated and is either en-suite or shares a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with one other room (bathrooms are shared between a maximum of three guests).
”It was WONDERFUL. Balm for the over-busy soul. And for once I didn't have to organise anyone or anything and everything that was subtly organised was 'top notch'. If you're hesitating go for it - you won't regret it. ENJOY.” - Bernadette Skehan, Accountant, London
BOOKING & PRICES
There are just seven places available for this inspirational experience. To secure your place, simply decide whether you'd like to share a twin room or treat yourself to a single occupancy room.
Once you have booked and paid the deposit we will email you to give you the option to pay the balance right away or in three equal instalments due on 1st December 2018, 1st January 2019 and 1st February 2019.
Your own private double room with space to relax.
£1,575 (£300 deposit to pay now)
A twin-bedded room to share with a friend or fellow guest.
£1,350 (£300 deposit to pay now)
''It was the highlight of my year. So much fun and so relaxing. I enjoyed it enormously. Thank you Annabel.'' - Rozzy Turner, Seafood Supplier, Bristol
TERMS OF BOOKING
PAYMENT & INSTALMENTS
A non-refundable deposit of £300 is due on booking and secures your place. For the balance you can choose to pay in full straight away (we will send you an invoice) or in equal instalments due on 1st December 2018, 1st January 2019 and 1st February 2019. Reminders will be emailed to you just before the due dates and If instalments are not received within 48 hours of each of the payment dates your place will be offered to the waiting list and your deposit and instalments paid will be forfeited.
Our Bleak House Experiences sell out very quickly and there are only a very small number of places available. Please only book a place if you are serious about coming as otherwise it prevents someone else from booking a place.
Cancellation before 30th November 2018: £300 charge. If you have paid in full, your payment less the £300 cancellation charge will be returned to you.
Cancellation after 1st December 2018: A 100% charge. Selling or giving your place to another person is not allowed unless with our express permission. If you are unable to attend, please contact us in the first instance and we will try to help.
We cannot be held liable for situations beyond our control, including (but not limited to) acts of war, acts of God, threats or acts of terrorism, civil unrest or unforeseen personal circumstances. We also can’t offer refunds for illness, trains or traffic delays or any other circumstances. Please make sure you have adequate insurance in place to cover for this.
Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip.
CANCELLATION ON OUR PART
If we need to cancel the retreat, we will refund the money you have paid so far. We cannot be held responsible for other costs, such as train tickets, or any other incidentals and strongly recommend you have insurance in place to cover this.
All meals are provided and include pre-dinner drinks as well as a generous amount of wine with dinner. Should you choose to have different or additional drinks at any of the pubs or restaurants we visit you will need to settle these separately.