Retreat by the Dart a converted 19th Century coach house and stables, is tucked into a quiet country lane, within the sound of the river Dart, and just a short walk to lovely river and woodland walks leading up to the Dartington Estate.

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 (Book this room »)

The former coach room has been restored, renovated and upgraded to provide a private, self-contained studio room with its own entrance and key. Decorated in soothing colours, it is furnished with a double bed (single or double use), ensuite wet room shower, dining table and chairs, easy chair and fully equipped kitchen area. The magnificent coach room doors have been converted to provide a private bedroom window view and tall French window doors lead onto a west facing patio.

The Stables (Book this room »)

The former stables have been restored, renovated and upgraded to provide a private self-contained studio room with its own entrance and key. Decorated in soothing colours, with a screened bedroom area containing two single beds which can be used as a double, twin or single, and a wet room shower. The kitchen is fully equipped and the dining/sitting area includes a dining table & chairs, & easy chair. French windows open out onto the east facing garden area.


From the south facing garden the view opens out onto deciduous trees and across to the conifers on the Dartington Estate. It features a celtic triple spiral rose bed area, a lovely south facing swing seat, a pond and other quiet sitting spaces all within the sound of the river Dart below. Guests are welcome to use all areas of the garden for quiet sitting, sipping tea, reading, or just “be-ing”.

Meditation & Silent Prayer

Meditation & silent prayer help to access a deeper space within us from where new insights can emerge. There is a cabin in the garden, a dedicated sanctuary space which is available at any time for private use. It is an ideal space to use for quiet reflection, meditation and silent prayer. It is equipped with a small library of spiritual books, seating, cushions, candles and art materials. You are also welcome to join in 20 minutes of silent prayer/meditation daily at 8.30am and 5.30am.


The natural world is one of the best teachers during a retreat. The retreat is close to a footpath which takes you directly to the river, from where you can do short meditative walks along the river bank, a circular walk via the churchyard, or longer more energetic walks up onto the Dartington Estate. OS maps and local walks can be found in the rooms.

Creativity & Play

Sometimes on a retreat it’s good to simply give ourselves permission to do something we haven’t done before. Tapping into our “right brain”, the source of creativity inspiration can be fun, liberating and also deeply inspirational. Using the art materials in the cabin can be another way to explore the emerging process. These are all part of the tools that Debbie can offer on a guided retreat. Read here for more information Spiritual Companion

Going Slow/Take Time

A retreat is a good opportunity to “switch off”, do everyday activities more slowly, savouring a cup of coffee or favourite 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. Whilst there is wifi in each room it is good to make a conscious choice as to whether you use it or not.

Spiritual Reading

In the Christian tradition this is called lectio divina – taking a text and reading it slowly, savouring the words, listening for those that resonate and reflecting more deeply on their meaning. This is another of the ways in which you can work with a spiritual companion.


“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.