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Join this peaceful New Year retreat that will allow you to relax, commune with nature, keep up or kickstart your yoga practice, and eat healthy delicious vegetarian food. You can enjoy beautiful gardens, woodland walks, and plenty of local wildlife, as well as your relaxing in the hot tub and twice-daily yoga. There will also be plenty of opportunities to get a massage, curl up by the fire with a good book, enjoy some quiet time, or socialize with the other guests. Start the new year feeling good!
You will spend three nights at Lower Marsh Farm, where you will be accommodated in comfortable, freshly decorated double or twin rooms. The furnishings and the linen are of high quality, and the rooms are spacious and decorated with lots of love and care.
The barn accommodates eight people in two double rooms, one twin, and a room with bunk beds. For two Karma yogis who will help with setting up the yoga room, child care, and general practical support, there is bunk bed accommodation in a very sweet smaller room which is decorated and furnished to the same quality as the larger rooms.
Lower Marsh Farm is a member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust which gives you access to their wildlife education sessions for children; these include mini-beast safaris, rock pooling events, and bird box making. Children and babies are welcome and they have a cot, high chair, and stairgate available by prior arrangement and plus can provide baby bath, kitchen, cupboard, door locks, etc. They have ample parking and storage areas for bikes and surfboards.
After a day of exploring the farm and nearby areas, you can relax with a drink in front of the roaring log burner and you are welcome to use wood from our their wood store.
There are so many things to do here and out and about, but for any rainy days, the barn comes complete with a 49-feet wall mounted satellite television, Blu-Ray or DVD players and five-point-one surround sound. You can even connect your iPod or iPhone wirelessly to the sound system to play your favorite tunes whilst you cook or eat. There are books and DVDs in the property for your use.
Kingfisher Barn, named after the kingfishers found in the Salt Marsh, is an attractive stone converted barn which provides superior accommodation for four to eight people. It is set over two floors, with the top floor boasting a large open plan, lofty beamed ceiling, a kitchen and living area with oak flooring and dining table. In the fitted kitchen, you will be able to help yourself to tea, coffee, and fruit.
Outside there is a private garden area with your own hot tub, a table and chairs for al-fresco dining, a tree perfect for kids to climb on, and herbs for adding to your dinner. The barn accommodates eight people in two doubles, one twin, and a room with bunk beds. Guests have full access to all amenities, including a tennis court, orchard and picnic area, basketball hoop, woodland, and private shingle beach.
The ground floor entrance to the four bedrooms, bathroom, and second toilet. A flight of stairs up to the first floor which is open plan with kitchen, dining area, sitting room area, and wood burner. There is also a first-floor entrance reached via two half flights of stairs. External and internal doors are all of a standard width and height. Kitchen worktops are of a standard height. Luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen, white fluffy cotton towels, complimentary toiletries, and heating via efficient storage heaters included. This is a no smoking property.
Orchard Cottage, named after its garden which overlooks the Orchard across to the Woods, is a Victorian Gothic style attached property which provides romantic cosy accommodation for two and three people staying at Lower Marsh Farm. Set all on the ground floor, it has been fully refurbished in 2016 with a modern eat-in kitchen, stylish bathroom, comfortable living and sleeping area with oak flooring, and a wood burner.
Outside there’s a private garden area overlooking the orchard with your own hot tub, a table, and chairs for al-fresco dining. The garden is planted with a pretty herbaceous border and includes a gorgeous dark purple Buddleia which swarms with butterflies in the summer. Also, there is a small plum tree with fruits ready for picking in late summer and just outside the garden but with some branches hanging over is an ancient mulberry tree whose delicious fruits are again ready in late summer.
Then a few steps take you into the Orchard where there are apples, cherries, pears, plums, walnuts, and a young Quince so there is fruit treats ready from July onwards with the final apples maturing as late as November. Orchard Cottage has step free access and is all on the ground floor so it is suitable for those with limited mobility. Guests have full access to all of the amenities including tennis court, orchard and picnic area, basketball hoop, woodland, and private shingle beach.
The studio is nine meters per five point five meters and has yoga mats, soft blankets, and a table and chairs if required. The studio can also be used as a game room, with a tennis table, or to give talks and presentations with projector and sound system facilities.
The yoga will be an energizing two-hour practice in the morning before breakfast and a restorative session in the evening. Morven teaches Hatha yoga with a focus on mindfulness.
The sequences will be a calming, strengthening flow in the morning classes, and you will be encouraged to explore and transcend your limits. The evening sessions are all about grounding and slowing down, finding the rest and peace needed to replenish your energy in this hibernation period. In every class, there is time given to breathwork (pranayama), postures (asana), relaxation (savasana), and meditation (dhyana).
You will never be expected to do anything beyond your current ability. Morven will ensure that you are supported in your practice, whether you are a relative beginner or an experienced practitioner.
In their essence, yoga, and mindfulness are both “awareness practices” and are inseparable when practiced with intention. You are capable of living consciously, and of making choices about how you respond to your own dramas and to life's events. Hatha yoga helps you to recognize and release stress from the body, to build body awareness alongside the ability to live in the present moment.
When you bring the concepts of mindfulness into Hatha yoga, you learn to carry that awareness and sensitivity out into the world. This is known to have a positive effect on your mood, your ability to cope with life's ups and downs, and on your relationships with others. During a yoga and mindfulness class, Morven will teach yoga postures, breath awareness practices, and guided mindfulness practices.
Rishikesh, India (Akhanda Yoga)
Bristol Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Morven began practicing yoga in 1995 in Glasgow with Ratna Devi, then completed entry-level training in Akhanda yoga in Rishikesh, India in 2008, and went on to do the 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification in Bristol. Morven continues to enhance her teaching and practice with further training, and brings to her own yoga teaching over a decade of experience as a teacher of English, French, and music. She specializes in Restorative and therapeutic yoga, yoga and mindfulness, Ayurvedic yoga and philosophy. She now teaches classes and workshops, and organizes worldwide retreats.
This retreat will take place at the Lower Marsh Farm in the village of Landulph, in Cornwall, England. Lower Marsh Farm, a former Duchy of Cornwall renowned daffodil farm, is on the outskirts of the pretty village of Landulph in the Tamar Valley on the Devon - Cornwall border. It is now a family-run retreat center where Olivia and family offer you a warm welcome.
The farm is quietly tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set in over 40 acres of grounds sloping down to the River Tamar. The venue is only fifteen minutes from Plymouth, yet secluded and easy to find, accessible by the M5 from London and Bristol, and near to Exeter and Cornwall airports. The land itself is covered with salt marsh pasture, with rare flora such as bulrushes and yellow iris, as well as a rich display of wading birds.
During your stay, you will enjoy unlimited refreshments and three delicious vegetarian meals per day created by Felicity, the specialist caterer. You will also have a welcome tea and cake on day one, as well as a plated festive dinner with optional wine on New Year's Eve. There is the option of a festive welcome for 2018 with champagne toast as well.
You will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a treatment such as massage or reflexology, in addition to curling up by the fire with a good book, and enjoying some quiet time or socializing with the other guests.
Lower Marsh Farm has its own private shingle beach which runs the full length of the marsh. At low tide, you can walk along the beach and all the way around to Cargreen.
Of course, both Devon and Cornwall are equally blessed with some of the most fantastic beaches in England. The South Coast is within easy reach, a few of the closest examples include:
Cawsand and Kingsand Beaches are next door to each other and approximately a 50 minute drive away. They overlook Plymouth Sound, offering great views of ships and provide good facilities and lots of pubs. Kingsand is dog-friendly all year, with Cawsand not allowing dogs from Easter day to October 1.
Part of Whitsand Bay, Freathy Beach is a 40-minute drive away. It is popular with locals and dog-friendly, except between Easter day and October 1.
Round to West Looe, Hannafore Point is another good, easily accessible beach with facilities. It is mainly rocky, so it has lots of rock pools at low tide. It is also dog-friendly all year.
Looe is a pretty seaside town with a beach which is good for families. It has lots of sand and shallow water plus great facilities, like shopping, restaurants, pubs, toilets, excursions, so it does get very busy in summer.
On the North Coast, the best options are in Bude (an hour away) and Padstow (an hour and a quarter). Near Bude there is a wide selection of fantastic beaches. Padstow also has a fine selection of beaches nearby, plus of course its infamous restaurants and shopping.
Portwrinkle has lots of rockpools and places to eat. It is great for young families, and also dog-friendly, except between Easter day and October 1.
This is a locals’ favorite, located only 30 minutes away. The beach is dog-friendly all year round and has some great facilities, including a country park, children’s play area, cafe, restaurant and pubs.
This is just past Looe and is a lovely small beach but a popular one in a small rocky bay. It has a beach cafe, and a few minutes away there is Talland Bay Hotel for a glamorous lunch. Talland Bay Beach is dog-friendly all year.
Whitsand Bay is famous for its surfing and consists of three miles of lovely sandy beach. Be aware that it is a fair walk down steep paths to reach it, though. This is a 30-minute drive from the farm and dog-friendly all year.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY).
Fast services run from London Paddington to Plymouth, taking about two hours and fifty minutes. However, it is best to book in advance to get cheaper seats. Slower services run to Saltash (which is nearer to the Farm).
A taxi from Plymouth will cost around 20 to 25 GBP. A taxi from Saltash will cost around 10 GBP; Cotton Taxis provide a reliable service.
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