Join this delightful yoga retreat with Andy in Manoir La Croix de La Jugie. It is the perfect peaceful foil to Andy's enthusiasm and happiness, and the beautiful, quirky interiors are the perfect place to relax in style off the mat. From yoga classes to relaxing in the beautiful nature, you will have the opportunity to relax your body, mind, and soul all in one go. Come and join Manoir La Jugie Yoga Retreats France for a relaxing week.
During this retreat, you will stay in Manoir La Croix de La Jugie with the options of private room, double room, or triple room.
The Manoir sleeps up to 21 in eight bedrooms with six bathrooms, and there is an additional five travel cots for little ones and a z-bed. All of the bedrooms are super comfy and have enough room for a travel cot or extra z-bed that can be requested upon booking.
The Long Bedroom is on the first floor of the Old Side of the Manoir, with windows that look over both sides of the house, so it is lovely and light for the whole day. The bed is a king size bed and there is a lovely squishy velvet sofa for you to fall into. It shares the main bathroom across the hallway with Bleue.
The Bleue bedroom is also on the first floor of the Old Side of the Manoir, overlooking the beautiful, cow-strewn, view of the valley. It has a tiny room right next to it where we usually place a cot if it is needed for that room. It shares the main bathroom with The Long Bedroom. This bedroom consists of queen-size double bed.
The Beatrix bedroom is on the top floor of the Old Side of the Manoir, in the eaves with a super high ceiling, low beams, and a quirky charm. The Velux windows overlook the valley and it has en-suite bathroom with a loo on the landing is usually shared with Enid, across the hall. This bedroom consists of super king double or bed or single bed.
Enid is also on the top floor of the Old Side of the Manoir, duck through its cute door to find bunting and a miniature bench as well as three single beds, perfect for little ones. This bedroom consists of three single beds.
Rose is situated on the ground floor in the New Side of the Manoir, with French windows that open out on to the courtyard, lovely for sitting outside in the sun. There are a few steps between this bedroom and the main living areas, but it is well-suited for the guests with reduced mobility. This bedroom has its own en-suite shower room. This bedroom consists of super king double or twin bed.
Chapeaux is on the first floor of the New Side of the house with views overlooking the valley and gorgeous beams and is decorated in neutral greys and creams. It has its own en-suite shower room.
Campagne is on the first floor of the New Side of the house, opposite Chapeaux and enjoys the same views overlooking the valley. Its decor takes inspiration from the countryside and it has a beautiful antique sleigh bed to cozy up in. It has its own en-suite shower room with a rain shower head.
Up a further few steps from the first floor of the New Side of the Manoir, The Old Games Room, as its name suggests, used to be the games room of the house. It is the largest bedroom and it great for families with its multiple beds. Its two windows overlook the lawns and pool and it has its own shower room right next door. This room consists of two queen-sized double beds and a single.
Manoir La Croix de La Jugie is perfect for groups, not only because of its many bedrooms, but also because there are enough entertaining and relaxing areas for everyone to have their own space. Gather together in the large kitchen or grand salon or take yourself off to read a book in the library. Send the kids upstairs to watch a DVD, or take a splinter group off to the Billiard room to test your ball skills.
The kitchen is the heart of the house with not only room to cater for big groups, but a huge farmhouse kitchen table too, ready to host long lunches and hearty dinners. There is a wood-burning stove for the cooler months and the French windows open on to the kitchen terrace for the long hot summers.
This huge sitting room is a grand and comfy space for the whole group to gather on squashy sofas, large armchairs, or curling up on floor cushions near the fire. It has a huge open stone fireplace which is perfect for blazing fireside talks in the colder months. The room spans the depth of the house with French doors and windows overlooking the front and the back of the property.
A smaller, intimate dining room is the perfect place for grown-ups supper once the kids have gone to bed, whilst smaller than the kitchen and grand salon, it is actually a relatively large room with table and chairs to seat 21 people, with walls decorated in French toile-de-jouy fabric and Limoges porcelain.
This room feels a bit warm and cozy, furnished with darker pieces and dominated by our billiard table, this is the perfect place for teens to hang out or to have a glass or two over a game of snooker. It is not a full-sized table, so you won't have to over-extend yourself! Board games aplenty live here and you will love the retro cinema seats too.
Sneaking away from the crowd need not be a hassle at the Manoir. There is a largish collection of books. So, feel free to leave your own books for others to enjoy, but do not take as it is our personal collection from which you are bound to find something you like to curl up with by the window.
On the very top floor of the Old Side of the house is our snug area. It has a gorgeous velvet sofa and plenty of cushions as well as a small television and DVD player, perfect for chilling out on a wet afternoon or packing the kids off to get a bit of peace and quiet.
Outside, the Manoir sits in six acres of land, a haven for you to enjoy during your stay, explore, sit, play, and take in the calming views. The grounds include a large rambling field for messing around in or family sports days, and a more tamed, lawn, garden area with the pool and its terrace. There is a lovely small orchard with apple, pear, cherry, and chestnut trees and you will also find fig and walnut trees elsewhere in the grounds.
The wooded copse overlooking a wonderful view is great for den-building and make-believe, whilst the barbecue area under the covered terrace is perfect for chargrilled suppers or toasting marshmallows! Crucially for large group holidays, your whole party can also dine outside under the covered terrace or loll about with picnics on the grass.
If you would like to make a special occasion dinner, there are a number of rustic trestle tables and benches that can be set up under the trees for a twilight supper or lunch under the cooling canopy of the trees during the blazing hot summers. Catering and chef services are of course available to make your stay really relaxing. The Old Sheep Shed Cottage (the Bergerie) hosts a bright loft studio and yoga space upstairs with fitness and yoga equipment for our retreats and holiday guests.
Downstairs is a ping pong table for surprisingly competitive tournaments! There is a number of lovely local yoga teachers, massage therapists, beauty therapists, and other well-being experts who can come to the Manoir to make sure you leave feeling rested and relaxed,
There is also a small collection of bikes that live in the Old Bread Oven for scrambling around the estate or cycling short distances into the village for example, but you can also choose to hire bikes for longer distances for delivery straight to the Manoir.
Right outside the back doors of the kitchen, this terrace is perfect for gathering for pre-dinner drinks whilst the finishing touches are being applied to supper, or for morning coffee before any of the rest of the house is up.
Under auvent to the barn, an extension of the barn's roof which protects from the sun, wind and rain, you will find a lovely area to sit and eat as a group. There is a huge long table main from a fallen tree on the estate by the predecessors as well as a well-loved barbecue area. It is also the perfect place to work out in the hot summer months if you are so inclined!
The main area at the back of the house is the lawns and the pool, which is where the guests enjoy spending most of their time. The slopes are perfect for overlooking the house and valley, for sunbathing by the pool or on the grass, and there is plenty of room for a rather hilly game of croquet. There are a few well-placed trees to over some much-needed shade in the hotter months too!
This lovely this cottage which makes up the fourth side of the main courtyard used to be the manor farm's sheep shed and also housed the bread oven that all important farmsteads would have had.
Now, you will find the Old Bread Oven on the courtyard side of the building, home to the small bike, bat, and ball collection, whilst the main part of the cottage, entered from the orchard side, is where the ping pong table lives downstairs and you will find the yoga studio and fitness space upstairs.
The small orchard on the other side of the Old Sheep Shed bears fruit for the most part in the autumn months such as apples, pears, and chestnuts but you will also be able to taste the sweet fruit from the big cherry tree in the summer. The small copse of wood beyond the orchard is far enough for kids to play noisy games away from grown up ears, but near enough to be within easy reach to proudly show off handsome play dens.
Behind the stables at the top of the estate, and spreading out to right of the driveway as you approach the house, is a large field perfect for wandering, contemplating, going for a jog, or playing hide and seek. A great spot for overlooking the alley too and you can even set up tables there for an outdoor celebratory meal and nourish yourself in nature!
Andy Koblinsky is a pint-sized ball of yoga energy, bringing her back flipping gymnastics background to a fun and creative practice, accompanied by an awesome playlist! Andy’s yoga style focuses on the use of breath and body alignment but most importantly, they aim to be enjoyable and help you to get to know your body. From her sports training, she loves fitness and her yoga is definitely for those who enjoy a challenge, you will get a sweat on!
Her flowing practice is totally tailored in her own style and practice with Andy is challenging but usually suited for many different levels. Her yoga can be slow and super powerful, as well as playful and energetic. Every day is a different day and as Andy's first retreat, you will find changing sequences but also a journey to the week which will deepen your practice and your sense of fun. Be sure to wear your glitter!
The schedule will vary from day to day, but an example day might look like this. There will also be question and answer time, a healthy cooking demonstration, and a guided meditation session throughout the week. There are plenty of recommendations for those who wish to explore the surrounding areas. Extra treatments can be arranged through the week.
Andy cartwheeled her way around the world with Argentina’s gymnastics team before settling in London 15 years ago. She’s been practicing yoga ever since and 5 years ago decided to train as a teacher. She has trained with many amazing teachers such as David Swanson, Patrick Beach, and Biff Mithoefer. Her classes focus on breath work and alignment, as well as yummy Yin yoga elements, but mainly aim to be fun and enjoyable whilst giving you the motivation to greatly improve your practice. Prepare to sweat, stretch, relax, laugh, and breathe. Andy's Yoga playlists are legendary as is her love of
This retreat will take place in La Jugie, in the heart of rural France. Manoir La Croix de La Jugie is in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, in the South West of France, within the historical Limousin area. The Limousin is the most underpopulated region of France and was known for its luscious landscapes, rolling hills, fields, farms, and fairy-tale forests. It is also famed for its many lakes and is sometimes known as the French Lake District.
With plenty of walking and cycling routes starting from the Manoir, and golf courses, riding schools and even a circus school nearby, you will not get bored! There are delicious traditional French restaurants within few minutes’ drive, the local Michelin Starred restaurant is divine, and weekly markets, or supermarkets for buying provisions. You can also lose yourself in beautiful old chateaux, celebrated museums, gorgeous villages and historic towns, and tempting antiques shops.
During this retreat, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. You will enjoy delicious home cooked food with a healthy vibe using fresh local ingredients from the region which is known for its rich, rustic, and hearty cuisine. As with all good balanced diets, Manoir La Jugie Yoga Retreats France pays special attention to replenishing your body with nutritionally balanced meals after your yoga sessions, as well as enjoying some special local treats.
Solignac, just 20 minutes’ drive from the Manoir, is a picture-perfect little village with two lovely restaurants and a beautiful Medieval Abbey just right for wandering around for an hour or two. The adjoining, larger, village of Le Vigen has a farmer's market every Sunday which is great for picking up supplies for the rest of your stay.
The ruins of the Chateau de Chalucet a-top a wooded hill are perfect for a magical ramble through sun-dappled glades, playing hide and seek with the elves, before conquering the massive stone ruins of this historically important castle. Bring a picnic for a day of it or just pop back to the Manoir, it is only a 10 minutes’ drive.
Whilst it is known that Richard the Lionheart as an English King, he was also a French nobleman ruled various large parts of France over his lifetime. He gained the moniker Lionheart for his courage and skill in battle, and many of his most famous battles took place in the Limousin and surround regions.
You can visit many of this historically important and beautiful spots on a driving tour of the area, the Route Richard Coeur de Lion, and the closest spots are handily very close indeed at just 10 minutes’ drive.
Great for entertaining the kids, Parc Zoo Reynou is a petting farm and zoo and is a wonderfully unexpected treat. Hidden in a valley in the grounds of an old porcelain factory, it is just 20 minutes away from the Manoir, so no long car journey either!
A wonderful medieval city, Limoges is perfect for wandering and watching. Pay a visit to the covered market and gorge on cheeses and other delicacies, pick up a present for yourself in the chic French shops, people watch from a pavement cafe, or enjoy a long leisurely dinner at a renowned restaurant. The Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, Porcelain Museum, and the Butcher's Quarter are all well worth a visit.
If you are after a thought-provoking and emotional moment on your holidays, the hugely significant Oradour-sur-Glane World War II site is a must. Whilst it is not a light-hearted day out, it is a fascinating look at a terrible piece of war history and an incredibly moving monument to actions we should not forget.
There are super villages, towns, hills, lakes, and national parks to explore all within a comfortable drive for a morning or day out.
There are hundreds of lakes in the Limousin (just a few of the local ones can be found here) and during the summer they make a great substitute for the sea. One of the nearest is at Saint Hilaire les Places which has a lovely sandy beach, lifeguard, and play area. The perfect place to get sand in your sandwiches.
Please book your flight to arrive at Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (LIG). Transfer from the airport is included. Manoir La Jugie Yoga Retreats France will pick you up from the airport.
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