Self-Guided Retreats

Elmley Nature Reserve is a 3,300 acre estate and family-owned farm, renowned for our long-term nature restoration work, and conservation projects. Our new self-guided retreats have been devised for those individuals looking for some of the benefits of a retreat setting, alongside dedicated time and space for themselves. Dates and timings are flexible, and activities can be enjoyed at a pace that works for each guest.

Picturesque view from the bed of one of our huts, looking out over the vast landscape of Elmley Nature Reserve

Our Individual Birdwatching Retreat has been created to offer tailored expert advice from Elmley’s nature team, and aimed, as much for those in need of time in nature with no wildlife watching experience, as for birdwatching pros. The Reserve is one of the best places to have a wildlife experience in the UK. Renowned for breeding waders including curlew and lapwing, it is also home to four of the five British species of owl, with sightings of Barn, Long-Eared and Little Owls year round, and Short-Eared owls are autumn and winter visitors. Elmley also has one of the largest Marsh Harrier roosts in the country. The retreat includes an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast, a group wildlife tour, and from Simon, Elmley's lead guide, a personalised Reserve map highlighting the best locations (and times) for spotting specific species.

Our Nutrition in Nature Retreat has been created in collaboration with Kent-based, BANT Registered Nutritionist Virginia Hills, and sustainable food coach Katy Newton, who specialises in gut health, and hormonal change symptoms, to give people the space and opportunity to think about their nutrition and health.

Along with your stay in nature you can select one or two options from Virgina Hills to enable you to think about yourself and your nutrition during your stay.

  • Nutrition Advice Pack - developed with real food coach Katy Newton to tackle specific health concerns, the pack includes simple food ideas you can apply at home, along with targeted advice around making the most of time in nature for your nutrition and health.
  • Nutrition Consultation - following a short questionnaire, Virginia Hills will hold a personal one hour video nutrition consultation, this can be held before, during or after your stay. you will also receive an advice pack on making the most of your time in nature for your nutrition and health.

Each booking will also receive a personalised walking map of Elmley and a journal.

Wellness treatments and wildlife experiences can also be added should you wish for a fully restorative immersion in nature.

To book the Nutrition in Nature Retreat, select your dates and choose the Nutrition options during check out, or call us on 01795 664896.

Elmley’s Self-Guided Wellness Retreat includes a one night stay, with dinner and breakfast, a personalised walking map, journal, and The Elmley signature wellness treatment, created in partnership with with natural brands Verden and Votary.
All accommodation features Verden bathroom products for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Peaceful moments sitting out by the water, amongst nature at Elmley Nature Reserve