Retreats at Elmley
Hidden away on an island off the Kentish coast with spectacular landscapes, soul-stirring skies and abundant wildlife, Elmley National Nature Reserve is an inspirational place to visit just one hour and a world away from London.
As the UK’s only independently owned National Nature Reserve, sensitive farming and wildlife management are at the heart of Elmley. Elmley is an internationally important site for conservation and is home to a spectacular array of wildlife.
Elmley has a restorative effect on those who visit. It is a special place to go to soothe the soul, find balance, order and perspective; a place where we are able to reconnect with ourselves and emerge feeling lighter, more positive and reinvigorated. It’s a place to stop and breathe.
With the awe-inspiring Victorian Barn, thoughtful accommodation, wholesome food and a warm welcome, Elmley offers a special space for groups to gather.
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Elmley’s 3,300 acre expanse of wilderness is the perfect setting for retreats. Guests are welcome to explore the Reserve throughout their stay.
The gardens and farm offer many spaces for outdoor sessions.
Kinghill Barn & The Linhay: The traditional Kentish Barn is an incredibly inspiring space, with warm rustic wooden beams, twinkling fairy lights and a huge window overlooking the marsh. It is framed by a grass courtyard with an additional open barn, The Linhay. A large space, with loos, tables and chairs, it is recommended for larger groups or varied activities. Please note the beauty of the barn lies in its rustic character, there is a space heater, but it is not suitable for winter retreats.
Kingshill Cottage is the retreat hub. A relaxed space, created for slow, nurturing days. Exposed wood and whitewashed floors ensure calm throughout, whilst huge windows allow the huge skies and call of birds to take centre stage. The ground floor is fully open to create a special space with room for 12 yoga mats or other creative workshops.
As with everything we do at Elmley, accommodation options can be bespoke to your group, purpose and budget. Our minimum retreat number is 5 and maximum is 30.
Every bed at Elmley has been thoughtfully designed and presented, is beautiful in its own right and offers the completely unique opportunity to spend the night at a National Nature Reserve, waking up to wilderness.
All accommodation has high quality bedding, fluffy towels, luxury natural bathroom products by Bramley and stunning views.
Kingshill Cottage: The main retreat space is centred around Kingshill Cottage – The exposed wood and whitewashed floors ensure calm throughout, whilst huge windows allow the huge skies and call of birds to take centre stage. The open ground floor encompasses a multipurpose activity/yoga space, with a living and eating area. The central double-sided wood burner provides a warm heart to the space.
Bell Tents: For retreats from June to September we encourage nature loving groups to offer the beautiful, traditional bell tents. The bell tents are situated in a private spot just a short distance from the cottage. This is camping, but in comfort with incredible views.
Shepherd’s Huts: The six en-suite shepherd’s huts are all carefully designed and offer a more private experience. All have secluded locations and private fire pits.
Full event catering is provided. Everything is lovingly made in our kitchen on the farm. Food is locally sourced, and menus are seasonal. Menus are normally plant based, and will always be nourishing, beautiful and delicious. All menus can be tailored to you and all dietary needs can be catered for. For those that wish to immerse in nature for the day packed lunches are available.
Treatments are available throughout in the treatment room, with our resident therapist Roz. Roz is a reiki master and specialises and holistic treatments.