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The Retreat New Forest

Escape from hectic daily life and recharge mind and body at The Retreat New Forest, on the Hampshire-Dorset border.

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Sometimes, it’s hard to just stop. Modern busy lives juggling work and family and the general pressure to keep chugging on can certainly put a strain on your body – and your mental health as well.

So, rather than throwing back a few restorative gins and carrying on, how about really making some time to just reconnect and “be” in the moment?

Enter The Retreat, New Forest. This little slice of paradise is the place to unplug your brain from the real world and re-centre yourself. Located in a gorgeous Georgian building in the heart of the ancient woodland of the New Forest, it’s surrounded by beautiful, fairytale gardens. (True fact: Alice Hargreaves, thought to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s dreamlike Alice in Wonderland character, spent many happy days playing here).

You might not spot a white rabbit, let alone disappear down a rabbit hole. But you can enjoy relaxing treatments at The Retreat New Forest, like massage, facials, reflexology. And there’s all sorts of classes and workshops to sign-up for like Yoga, Gong Baths, Reiki weekend retreats, tai chi, mindfulness workshops and forest bathing.

After, there are 15, beautifully appointed double ensuite rooms to wind down in (which are also open to guests coming to explore the area on other kinds of leisure stays).

Two brilliant plant-based, organic onsite eateries at The Retreat New Forest provide more nourishment for body and soul. Head for The Crow Spotter for coffees and cafe fare. And for smart, vegan-friendly fine-dining, OFFBEET restaurant opens Thursday – Sunday, serving up creative, locally-sourced produce.

Tempted? We certainly are. Grab a bag and head to the Forest and come back feeling recharged, refreshed – and definitely more Zen.

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Lyndhurst Road, Hinton, Christchurch BH23 7EF

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