Our lives are hectic
enough, these days,
explains Jean Butler,
and our goals can become distant
and vague, such is the pace of
modern living. Yet, I believe that
I may have discovered an
opportunity to recharge the body
and feed a needy soul awaiting at
the fabulous women’s-only
retreat at Split Farthing Hall, in
Bagby, North Yorkshire.
Needing a break but not really
a holiday, as I have enjoyed so
many of them, it was clear that a
total ‘chill-out session’ was on the
cards, with time for soulsearching
to get me back onto the
straight and narrow, both
physically and mentally. I decided
to book a Yoga and Healthy
Eating weekend at The Retreat,
which is run by Andrea and Claire
Maguire, a step-mother and stepdaughter
team.
The train journey from
London to Yorkshire was hasslefree
and I received a warm
welcome from Andrea, who
collected me from the station. It is
worth noting that The Retreat has
extremely easy access for both
road and air links.
We arrived at Split Farthing
Hall, a lovingly restored 18th
Century Georgian manor house,
set within 21 flowing acres and
surrounded by stunning views of
the Yorkshire Dales and the North
Yorkshire Moors.
Andrea showed me around the
property and, despite its luxurious
elegance, it looked and would
prove to be cosy, comfy and
capable of providing pictureperfect
views from large sofas
located in both the drawing room
and the library. My bedroom was
spacious, impeccably detailed and
decorated, with an adjoining
bathroom. The bed was king-sized
and dressed with crisp Egyptian
cotton sheets. Perfect. A fluffy
bath robe and paraben-free bath
products were provided.
Worrying about hunger pangs
and whether I might need the
secret food supplies concealed
within my overnight bag, I noted
that each floor of the house has
tea-making facilities, which offer
a fabulous selection of herbal
drinks and teas, along with neverending
bowls of organic fruit.
Later that afternoon, I was
introduced to my seven fellow
house-mates and it became
apparent that the companionship
would cancel out the lost feeling
that can transcend, when resident
in some establishments.
The dining experience was a
delight, with the lovely Dr Claire
Maguire preparing three mouthwatering
raw food offerings per
day. It was impossible not to be
affected by her enthusiasm and
extensive knowledge. We partook
of several delicious dishes,
including dreamy almond and
blueberry porridge, pesto
courgetti, beetroot chilli with
guacamole, Indian curry,
chocolate flan with berry coulis,
apple crumble, divine brownies
and yummy smoothies.
On both days that I was a
resident I attended a fun raw food
workshop that was held in the
large kitchen and I received recipe
notes to take home. One of my
several indulgences was spending
time in a luxurious hot tub
overlooking the Yorkshire Dales
but I also tried the infra-red sauna,
where all of my aches and pains
disappeared magically.
Daily Kundalini yoga and
meditation sessions were included
and I found both most intriguingly
beneficial. The meditation was a
revelation and I slept deeply on
both nights, as I was just so
relaxed (the mattress on my bed
could only be described as the
most comfortable I have ever slept
upon). On the final day, I
experienced an Indian Head
Massage, which was wonderfully
relaxing.
It was worth investigating the
various workshops offered at The
Retreat, including the life
coaching, which looked intriguing.
My visit to Split Farthing Hall was
an unforgettable experience that
allowed me to arrive home, feeling
hugely invigorated and ready to
take on another stage of life’s
challenges. Claire and Andrea’s
attention to detail and their
nurturing personalities made my
stay very special indeed. Actually,
whenever I reflect on my time
spent there, I just long to return.
standout feature:
An opportunity to explore one’s
inner self, within a peaceful,
nurturing setting, while revealing
the motivational tools to take home.
The Retreat at Split

Our lives are hectic enough, these days, explains Jean Butler, and our goals can become distant and vague, such is the pace of modern living. Yet, I believe that I may have discovered an opportunity to recharge the body and feed a needy soul awaiting at the fabulous women’s-only retreat at Split Farthing Hall, in Bagby, North Yorkshire.

Needing a break but not really a holiday, as I have enjoyed so many of them, it was clear that a total ‘chill-out session’ was on the cards, with time for soul-searching to get me back onto the straight and narrow, both physically and mentally. I decided to book a Yoga and Healthy Eating weekend at The Retreat, which is run by Andrea and Claire Maguire, a step-mother and step-daughter team.

The train journey from London to Yorkshire was hassle-free and I received a warm welcome from Andrea, who collected me from the station. It is worth noting that The Retreat has extremely easy access for both road and air links. We arrived at Split Farthing Hall, a lovingly restored 18th Century Georgian manor house, set within 21 flowing acres and surrounded by stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. 

Andrea showed me around the property and, despite its luxurious elegance, it looked and would prove to be cosy, comfy and capable of providing picture-perfect views from large sofas located in both the drawing room and the library. My bedroom was spacious, impeccably detailed and decorated, with an adjoining bathroom. The bed was king-sized and dressed with crisp Egyptian cotton sheets. Perfect. A fluffy bath robe and paraben-free bath products were provided.

Worrying about hunger pangs and whether I might need the secret food supplies concealed within my overnight bag, I noted that each floor of the house has tea-making facilities, which offer a fabulous selection of herbal drinks and teas, along with never-ending bowls of organic fruit.

Later that afternoon, I was introduced to my seven fellow house-mates and it became apparent that the companionship would cancel out the lost feeling that can transcend, when resident in some establishments.

The dining experience was a delight, with the lovely Dr Claire Maguire preparing three mouthwatering raw food offerings per day. It was impossible not to be affected by her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge. We partook of several delicious dishes, including dreamy almond and blueberry porridge, pesto courgetti, beetroot chilli with guacamole, Indian curry, chocolate flan with berry coulis, apple crumble, divine brownies and yummy smoothies.

On both days that I was a resident I attended a fun raw food workshop that was held in the large kitchen and I received recipe notes to take home. One of my several indulgences was spending time in a luxurious hot tub overlooking the Yorkshire Dales but I also tried the infra-red sauna, where all of my aches and pains disappeared magically.

Daily Kundalini yoga and meditation sessions were included and I found both most intriguingly beneficial. The meditation was a revelation and I slept deeply on both nights, as I was just so relaxed (the mattress on my bed could only be described as the most comfortable I have ever slept upon). On the final day, I experienced an Indian Head Massage, which was wonderfully relaxing.

It was worth investigating the various workshops offered at The Retreat, including the life coaching, which also looked intriguing. My visit to Split Farthing Hall was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to arrive home, feeling hugely invigorated and ready to take on another stage of life’s challenges. Claire and Andrea’s attention to detail and their nurturing personalities made my stay very special indeed. Actually, whenever I reflect on my time spent there, I just long to return.

Standout feature:

An opportunity to explore one’s inner self, within a peaceful, nurturing setting, while revealing the motivational tools to take home.

The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall

01845 597 041

www.splitfarthinghall.co.uk