spur of the moment yoga retreat for the bank holiday.
i practise yoga with mercedes in london (triyoga) and have heard plenty good things about the resort she runs in devon wiht her husband (conde nast rates this place too) so when she advertised a 4 day yoga retreat with music, awesome food & amazing yoga i leapt at the chance. yeotown is renowned for its detox retreats so to be able to scoff good food whilst doing yoga was too good an opportunity to pass up.
arrived early evening on friday on the train from paddington, 2 hours to tivington & then a 45 minute car journey to yeotown. you are literally in the middle of nowhere (nowhere being somewhere in north devon) in the most beautiful house with gardens so lush you will die. i shared accomodation above the yoga studio, exquisite furnishings & spa-like bathrooms. what felt like 400 thread count bed linen & the best 3 nights sleep i have had in a long time.
delicious breakfast served from 7:30 in the humungous french-style kitchen (complete with aga!!) and then mercedes started the yoga off with a 2 hour 9:30 am class. drenched in sweat & stretched within an inch of my life, treated to a post-yoga freshly made juice, freshly showered too, i headed to the biggest couch in the world in front of a lovely fire & proceeded to read myself into a coma for 4 hours. this set the pace & the tone for my next 3 days at yeotown.
sauna is available, hikes are arranged on request, beach trips if you fancy, horse riding, of course yoga, herbal tea of every variety, beautiful walks and even lovelier staff work at this divine retreat.
i honestly can say it was the best stay i have had in the uk, highly recommend & i will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the Tatler Life Changing Spa Award and Conde Nast Traveller Award for "Best Spa Retreat UK", Yeotown has, in a short time, carved out a new and definitive niche in the UK Wellness market. Located in North Devon, Yeotown's signature health and fitness 5 day escape is known as the Yeotox. It's a modern day physical, spiritual and mental cleanse which encourages you to live in the moment, get away from the routine, planning and timetables of everyday life. The much heralded Yeotox diet is designed to be a springboard towards optimum energy and vitality. In contrast to a traditional deprivation detox, juice cleanse or a fast, the programme consists of a colourful, nourishing and nutrient dense foods free from dairy, wheat, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, refined sugars and meat. Founded by Mercedes and Simon Sieff, it has fast become Britain's leading haven of health with a visionary mission being to create a programme that educates the whole person both in body and mind. Yeotown has developed its offering as a sustainable and inspiring alternative to boot camps, fat farms and luxury spas. At Yeotown, its believed healthy living is not just the absence of disease but rather an attitude towards ourselves, others and life. Going beyond just working out and sipping green smoothies, the programme works hard to cultivate optimum health in both body and mind in equal measure. Throughout the 5 days we aim to fine tune habits so that living, eating and feeling well gets easier and more rooted in our day to day routine. The Yeotox programme aims to be challenging and push boundaries. Yeotown guests leave feeling stronger and healthier with a real sense of achievement. The multi-dimensional programme includes stunning coastal hiking, core fitness, upper body strengthening sessions, cooking lessons, yoga for both yogis and non-yogis alike, cycling, surfing, meditation, massage and a host of other inspiring activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yeotown Radiant Health Retreat Hotel Barnstaple
- Yeotown Health Retreat Barnstaple, Devon