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3 Days Luxurious Spa Yoga Retreat in England

  • Ockenden Manor Spa, Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5LD


Yoga Vacation in England

Set on the edge of the glorious South Downs, Ockenden Manor is delighted to offer four exclusive three-day yoga retreats in conjunction with Ila and our resident yoga teacher Sal. Join a short yet luxurious and refreshing yoga vacation in a calm and settling environment.


  • Nordic walking
  • Yoga classes with Sal
  • Isopod flotation session
  • Full use of our award winning spa and swimming pool
  • 2 delicious dinners in the hotel restaurant
  • Freshly made smoothies and juices
  • 2 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The hotel is set in nine acres of peaceful gardens and parkland with views across the West Sussex countryside to the South Downs and some of the great gardens and stately homes of Sussex and Kent are within easy reach. Guests are assured of a warm welcome from Manager Adam Smith and his team - the very best in hospitality and cuisine.

Spa suite

These rooms are open plan bedroom and lounge with ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers and roll top baths, luxurious toiletries, and exceptional views over the roof terrace garden. All are equipped with flat screen TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and iPod docking stations. You will be staying in a junior spa suite for this retreat.

Day 1 - Tuesday

  • 14:30 Arrival and check in
  • 15:00 Gather in the spa reception with a smoothie of your choice and meet the team. Spend all afternoon relaxing in the spa and enjoying our excellent facilities – swim, relax, indulge in our capacious outdoor hot tub or curl up in the drawing room with a book
  • 18:00 Yoga session for 90 minutes
  • 20:30 A delicious light dinner with your fellow yogis created using the finest locally sourced Sussex ingredients

A deeply comfortable nights sleep in a luxurious bedroom

Day 2 - Wednesday

  • 07:00 Start the day with a glorious fresh smoothie brought to your bedroom
  • 08:30 Uplifting yoga for 90 minutes.

Breakfast is served in the Restaurant from 7:30 am, featuring a gorgeous selection of juices, fresh fruit, vegetables and muesli (there is Full English Breakfast available for the more decadent!)

  • 11:30 Our resident Nordic Walking guru will take you for a two-hour walk across stunning Sussex countryside
  • 13:30 When you return from your walk enjoy lunch at the Spa before the second yoga session
  • 15:00 Second yoga session for 75 minutes. Enjoy a deeply relaxing isopod floatation after
  • 20:00 A delicious light dinner with your fellow yogis created using the finest locally sourced Sussex ingredients

A deeply restorative nights sleep in a luxurious bedroom

Day 3 - Thursday

  • 07:00 Start the day with a glorious fresh smoothie brought to your bedroom
  • 08:30 Uplifting yoga for 75 minutes

Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 7:30 am, featuring a gorgeous selection of juices, fresh fruit, vegetables and muesli (there is Full English Breakfast available for the more decadent!)

Plenty of time to enjoy the spa and pool before you have to head home

Sal Jefferies

Sal Jefferies is the principle yoga teacher at Ockenden Manor Spa and has been a part of the spa program since the spa opened. He is the director at Noetic Yoga and the recently formed therapeutic and personal wellness business, LifeChangeIn. Sal has studied and practiced a fusion of eastern and western principles for over 10 years and teaches yoga full time in Sussex. His signature style is to include a whole system approach, integrating mind, body, and internal state. With an increased awareness of our body and our physical patterns of movement, we are able to establish greater harmony within ourselves. Finding our autonomy to manage our state and how we are internally, gives us exibility and increased choice in our thoughts and actions.

Well-being is often about balance and congruence with aspects of our-self and he aims to help all practitioners nd what they need to attain this.

Sal teaches various styles of yoga including Vinyasa-Flow yoga which is a dynamic and uid approach to asana (postures) integrated with breathing, mindfulness, and movement. These classes are a journey that includes a whole body system of practice with owing sequences and postures adaptable for all ability levels. Each class concludes with calming posture-work and guided meditation that aim to leave you feeling calm and balanced throughout.

Ockenden Manor is a charming and tranquil Elizabethan manor house tucked away in Cuckfield, one of the prettiest Tudor villages in England. With its history and character, elegant sitting room warmed by a roaring log fire, and cozy, wood paneled bar, its a wonderful place to escape to and yet it is just an hour from London and 20 minute drive from Gatwick.

Ockenden is perfectly placed for walking the beautiful South Downs and the Cuckmere Valley, the setting for the pretty village of Alfriston. By contrast, the famous resort of Brighton with its landmark Royal Pavilion and the historic county town of Lewes are just a short drive away.


  • Gatwick, 20 minutes
  • London, 1 hour
  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free! WiFi
  • In-room dining

The restaurant at Ockenden Manor offers a superb fine dining experience in the beautiful new dining room, overlooking the gardens with stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

Under the expert guidance of head chef, Stephen Crane, the restaurant serves some of the finest food in southern England incorporating the freshest ingredients, sourced locally in Sussex whenever possible. Guests have a choice of fixed price menus including Stephens selected Cuckfield menu or the gastronomic seven course tasting menu. An inspired wine list complements the cuisine at lunch or dinner.

Nestling in the warm green of the West Sussex countryside, Ockenden Manor Spa has been designed to create a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Purpose-built inside a 19th century walled garden, the contemporary airy structure contrasts and complements its neighbor, the Elizabethan Ockenden Manor, and shares it nine acres of parklands and gardens.

Isopod flotation

For complete tranquility and calm, nothing compares to an hour spent in our isopod flotation tank. Body temperature saltwater suspends you effortlessly, allowing every muscle total relaxation. Research shows that not only is it an invaluable injury rehabilitation aid, it relieves pain and boosts the immune system. A boon to meditation, its also proven to reduce stress, encourage endorphins, and promote mental clarity.

Ila Kundalini back treatment

Kundalini-female goddess of awareness in the form of a coiled snake-is the dormant energy in the base of the spine, which, when awakened, travels up the spine to the third eye. This leads to increased energy and spiritual enlightenment. This treatment is a back massage that is deeply soothing, relaxing, and balancing to the whole nervous system thanks to the synergistic use of an exquisite essential oil blend used in combination with ancient massage techniques and chakra healing.


Focusing on one of the most neglected parts of our bodies, the feet. This reflexology zone massage uses your choice of REN or ila aromatherapy oils. It will help rebalance the body by working on reflex points in the feet which correspond to the rest of your body, leaving you relaxed and helping to restore lost energy.

Bio rhythm ritual

This ritual is particularly suited to combat the effects of city life, frequent traveling and flying, and those feeling chronically fatigued, stressed, and depleted of energy. %The natural flow of the body's bio-rhythm is closely linked to the body's magnetic energy field. This electrical magnetic field is made up of positive and negative ions. %Negative ions charge the body with energy, vitality, and a feeling of wellness. Positive ions deplete the body's energy resulting in feeling drained, tired, and stressed. %The focus of this ritual is to restore the body's natural bio-rhythm and deeply relax the nervous system.

A powerful, energizing full body salt scrub kick starts the treatment, followed by a cocooning mud wrap containing high levels of minerals which, as they become warm, emit large amounts of negative ions, charging and restoring the body's bio-magnetic energy field. A soothing Kundalini back massage is then given to balance and relax the nervous system, the ritual then concludes with a facial marma point massage.

Ananda face therapy

Ananda means bliss in Sanskrit. The techniques used in this facial come from Shaman women in Mexico, who believe that the energy of light is deeply rejuvenating. %Working with marma points to open up the energy centers of the face allowing a blissful flow of energy into the body, this is a healing and reviving treatment that brings deep feelings of peace and wellbeing and a beautifully radiant skin.

All treatments can be purchased at an extra cost.

  • 2 nights accommodation, including full English breakfast
  • A delicious dinner in the hotel restaurant on both nights
  • An extensive program of yoga classes with Sal
  • Delicious freshly made smoothies and juices
  • Full use of our award winning spa including in-and-outdoor swimming pool
  • Isopod flotation session
  • Nordic walking
  • Flights
  • Spa treatments
  • Transfers

Driving directions from north (London Gatwick)

  • Follow the M23/A23 south towards Brighton.
  • Exit A23 on to A272 towards Haywards Heath.
  • Follow A272 until sign posted Cuckfield.
  • Follow road into center of Cuckfield Village and follow signs to Hotel in Ockenden Lane.

Arrival by train

  • From London Victoria to Haywards Heath takes around 45 minutes with a further 10 minute taxi ride to the hotel.
  • Gatwick: 12 miles
  • Heathrow: 45 miles
  • Central London: 50 miles
  • M25: 20 miles
For information about the booking conditions, please send Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa an inquiry.
  • Review by David from Dereham, UK

    "We stayed for one night in an executive room which was very comfortable and well appointed with fantastic views across the Sussex countryside. The hotel staff were fantastic (as you would expect) very attentive without being smothering. The spa is ultra modern and tucked away to the rear of the historic hotel. Again the staff were fantastic and the amenities superb and ultra clean. Everybody in our party (of six) had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. The food in the hotel restaurant was amazing and the service second to none. Overall we had an amazing weekend and can't wait to return and do it all again!"

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  • Review by Nev from London, UK

    "I stayed here with my partner for his birthday on 2nd July. The team at Ockenden Manor are extremely friendly, attentive and helpful. The facilities throughout the entire place are spotlessly clean, great and very well maintained, with a nice mix of 'old meets new' with the old manor house and modern spa. We booked the 'mid-week spa break' very last minute direct through the hotel website which includes b&b, dinner and spa vouchers. Very straightforward. Booked spa treatments and dinner as recommended in our confirmation and all very good. From the moment of arrival at midday, to our departure the following morning, it was the perfect relaxing luxury break for us following a week at Glastonbury!Our room was upgraded to Lily four-poster room on arrival, we were very well looked after in the spa, and had a great choice of wine and excellent food in the restaurant. Lots of nice touches such as cookies and cute china teapots in bedrooms, free wifi throughout hotel and spa, and personal waiter pre-order dinner service. We will be staying again, for slightly longer next time, and we will probably bring our dog as didn't realise the hotel has dog friendly areas and rooms. Thanks for a great stay!"

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  • Review by Giles from Brighton, UK

    " Booked a spa and lunch at Ockenden Manor as a birthday surprise for my wife, having been there before. Service was spectacular as always and there was a number of small details that were added to help make it extra special for my wife that were pleasant surprises for me too! "

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  • Review by a traveler from Hastings, UK

    " We stayed here as a group from work as a celebration. We all had single rooms and had the taster course menu with wine. I would thoroughly recommend this. What a treat. The rooms were just lovely. Its good to still be able to have the "wow" factor these days .Frankly, I was sorry we were just there for the night. Communal areas are perhaps a little 'tired' if you want to look that closely, but really why would you both in such lovely surroundings. The taster menu and wine was just superb. We all thought we would not get through all the courses, but of course we did. What a feast! And introduced us all to some new wine. We didn't have time to try the spa but wandered down to look at it - a definite must when I go back again - and I certainly intend to. "

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  • Review by Paul from Hove, UK

    " We have stayed at this hotel several times, and it is always a pleasure to return. On this occasion, we were there to celebrate the New Year (2 nights - 31st Dec/1st Jan). The booking procedure was handled efficiently and in a friendly manner. The staff - both on arrival and throughout our stay - were friendly and extremely helpful; the service is not intrusive and is very efficient. The quality of the food in the restaurant is first-rate with the New Year's Eve dinner being especially good. The rooms were tastefully furnished with loads of character. I would highly recommend this hotel. "

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  • Review by Lorraine from Balcombe, UK

    " I am a member of the spa and also eat and stay at the hotel regularly. The spa is enjoyable in all seasons and the staff there is exceptional. They will bring you a glass of bubbly in the outdoor hot tub. You can stay in one of the four spa rooms. They look amazing although I've not stayed in one. The rooms in the hotel are more quaint and quirky, but very comfortable. The food in the Michelin starred restaurant is outstanding with an affordable wine list. "

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  • Review by David from Southampton, UK

    " This is our fourth stay at Ockenden Manor Hotel.The last three were close to the Christmas period. The family joined us for dinner. Every time the service and friendliness of the staff always fantastic. I have never stayed at a better hotel. "

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  • Review by Jane from Milton Keynes, UK

    "The yoga retreat was perfect for me. The yoga sessions with Sal pushed me to challenge my ability but only to the right level. They were refreshing and inspiring. I loved every minute of his classes. Hotel staff were all friendly and the food was very good. Spa treatments were also good with lovely therapist Anna. Will definitely book again next year."

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  • Review by Barlett from Indiana, USA

    "We have stayed before, many years ago. For a change we were not in a rush for a few days and decided to return. It was absolutely wonderful. The staff was a delight. The bar, our room, the beautiful restaurant were all perfect. Our 4-poster bed was very comfortable. The food was AMAZING. The view from the dining room was very beautiful. Would recommend to anyone. Found the post office and convenient store just minutes away. There were also many other interesting small stores and boutiques. A calming, peaceful, beautiful place."

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  • Review by a traveller from Europe

    "Fabulous!! We stayed in Charlotte this weekend which looks out on the front gardens and although on the main corridor was very quiet. Dinner was really tasty this visit all three courses but the chocolate dessert was defo my favourite. Breakfast delicious as always and to my delight the spa has addressed the issue with locker keys."

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A sophisticated and tranquil Elizabethan manor house hotel with 28 bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant, and an award winning spa.

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