At a glance
It isn’t a restaurant, but contrary to what you may think the food is interesting and realistic – light curries, meat, fish and steamed vegetables as well as healthy snacks in between.
The retreat has extensive grounds of its own and also backs onto Epping Forest – ancient woodland that just so happens to be perfect for cycling and hiking.
As everything is a group activity, it is a great option for hen parties looking for a bit of a detox before the big day!
Spa & Leisure
Although it’s described as a bootcamp, this is a really luxurious variation on the traditional model. Pretty as it is however, this is not a holiday; this is a bootcamp, with a typical day involving a power walk before breakfast, circuit training, a tug of war or bouncing around on space hoppers (who said exercise couldn’t be fun?) Lunch is then followed by a bike ride through the forest and assault courses, Zumba, Pilates classes or spinning, then a low calorie dinner before settling down with a book for the evening or taking advantage of the beauty treatments which you can purchase as an added extra.
Hotel & Accommodation
With contemporary cream furniture and a cosy atmosphere, Residential Retreats is a bit like staying at someone’s home; actually it’s like staying at proprietor Wendy’s home. Only allowing up to six guests at a time, with two people sharing a room – there is a kitchen to use, and a lounge to collapse in at the end of the day, and it is that communal atmosphere that adds a sense of motivational camaraderie.
With mealtimes being just as much a part of the experience as the space hoppers, cookery demonstrations are on demand and tailored to the individual needs, while nutritionists are on hand at mealtimes to explain what is in each meal and why. You keep a food diary while you are there and leave with a collection of recipes to get their new lifestyle plan underway when they leave.