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Good afternoon!

I hope you are all well and have embraced the storms this weekend! Wow that was a wild one!

Everything Retreat has the benefit of glorious sunsets, fabulous views and with that comes the storm! However, each of the lodges are tucked into the hillside and an early walk round today shows no damage here at the Retreat; only a few branches for Simon our head groundsman to clear away this week and add to our Boma in our Itambe (African garden). Just one more reason to visit us! Light that log burner, pour a glass and watch the storm. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

Wondering what a Boma is? It’s a traditional African structure to keep out wild animals and thus protect families and livestock from harm. Woven from fallen branches it creates a perfect screen around our African themed lodge Itambe.

Each of the unique lodges have their own theme and this extends into the private garden area too. When Chris and I took our family on safari in the Sabi sands we ate dinner in the Boma in the evening and it was so beautiful under the stars! It made such a lasting impression on me that it was the primary inspiration to link six of the lodges to our travels. I’ll tell you about the others next time…. hopefully with some final interior pictures.

The past six weeks have been very productive and the snagging list is narrowing down.

My team are working so hard and I really appreciate their efforts to get us to the finish line. I suppose it might help if I didn’t keep coming up with just one more idea? Fortunately they all help each other out and they are all so excited as they see their work building towards the launch…. (and just when they thought we might be finished…… read on!)

We are currently decorating all interiors which then leads to all the furniture being placed and then to add all our specially chosen pieces that will make each and every one so individual!

We have been busy with the entrance to the retreat and the stone wall and gateposts are now built and base course tarmac is down. These are all to ensure that once you are in our grounds, you are safely housed with understated security and privacy. We are now willing the weeks away to allow us to get on with mowing all the laid turf, seed large new areas and plant up hundreds more shrubs and plants that will make the retreat feel so special. This will be the first full year for our wild flower meadow which showed some early promise last autumn, but will be in full glory this year. We have also set up many hedgehog boxes, and habitats for owls, birds and all manner of creatures! We want you to open those doors and sit with a morning coffee listening to the valley waking up whilst planning your day.

We also had some long awaited news last week that caused us to pop a cork to celebrate. Our planning permission has been granted to allow us to demolish our old tumble down stable block and replace the space with a beautiful building made of stone and timber. This will house our Everything Retreat studio and allow us to offer, for example, yoga or pilates or perhaps a themed lecture linked to any activities we are offering that week as a retreat and somewhere we can gather as a group if the site has been booked out for a holisitic event.

We will also be able to offer two private treatment rooms for indiviually tailored stays at the retreat. So whatever you want… we will do our best to deliver! We want to make a trip to Everything Retreat a truly memorable experience (back to my feelings about Itambe!)

However, this weeks even more exciting news is our website and booking system are finally ready to go live.

Again the team have worked so hard to get this right, and I must pay tribute to my Manager Kelly for her dogged work on this ( she will be the one you will most likely speak to when you ring) and to Hayley who has been in charge of all the clever buttons and website building.

So keep your eyes open for the updates on social media! In fact – do go on to our social media as we are currently running a promotion where you could start your trip with a £500 gift voucher by liking, tagging and sharing our site. You will be our best form of advertising so we want to engage as many as possible through you. In fact, by reading this, it means you are part of the family already!

I have listened to you all and see that you love the live shots so I will be doing more walk rounds as more progress is being made and we will have so much more to show over the coming days.

Thank you all for your support and positivity. It truly means the world.

It won’t be long before we can welcome you and that I am bursting to share my dreams with you.

Much love


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