Retreat by the Dart is a converted 19th Century Coach House situated within the sound of the river Dart, and close to lots of lovely river and woodland walks. Located down a quiet "no through road" it is a stone’s throw from the river and the Dartington Estate, and close to yummy tea rooms and the famous Riverford Farm Shop.

We provide bedding and towels, and lovely Neal’s Yard shower gel and soap. Food can be provided on request, at an extra cost.

Coach Room

The former coach room has been restored, renovated and upgraded to provide a lovely self-contained studio room. It contains a small double bed, ensuite wet room shower, easy chair, fully equipped kitchen area, dining table and chairs and tall French windows opening on to a sunny patio.

The Stables (Book this room »)

Renovated to the same high standard a slightly larger self-contained, self-catering space available for one or two people, twin or double.
The room is on the ground floor, with ensuite shower room, single/double beds, sofa/chair, table, kitchenette, and good light. French doors provide direct private access.


A wonderful way to completely unwind. Massage can be arranged with a skilled aromatherapist in the locality.


The Coach House garden features a celtic triple spiral and meandering paths to private sitting areas, all within the sound of the river Dart below. Nestled in the garden is a sanctuary space, for meditation, prayer, or quiet reading which is open at all times.


Nature is one of the ready-made teachers for the retreat process. There are endless possibilities for walking, sitting, painting, sipping tea in the beautiful natural surroundings.


A great way to enable us to enter into a deeper space – simply giving ourselves permission to do something we haven’t done before. Debbie can help your "inner playmate" come out to play!


Tapping into our "right-brain", the source of creative inspiration can be fun, liberating, and also deeply inspirational. A creative arts space can be another place to explore the emerging process.

Meditation and Silent Prayer

Meditation & Silent Prayer are both ways of helping to access a deeper space within from where new insight and creativity can emerge. Find the sanctuary space in the garden to support your times of focussed quiet.

Spiritual Reading

Taking a text that you feel drawn to and reading it slowly and meditatively can often inspire a new insight or idea. A library of spiritual books is available for retreatants.

Take Time

Do things slowly, savour a coffee or a cup of fresh tea; sit in the garden and just watch and listen; rest on your bed, sleep in the afternoon; walk slowly and meditatively going nowhere in particular. All of this and more is available at Retreat by the Dart


“Thankyou for a beautiful space just to “be”, for providing a haven of quiet natural beauty and tranquillity that nourished my soul, and for being an open and embracing guide”

“A very attentively prepared space, with a colour palette that is restful, restorative and nurturing – accompanied by just the right presence of unobtrusive hospitality.”

As well as coming on retreat, we offer day events. Each retreat day will focus on a specific theme, and include a combination of teaching, silence, creativity, spiritual practice and personal reflection. The use of the garden, library and sanctuary will be available to participants.