Winter Country House Retreat - Somerset
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January can be a gloomy month! Post-Christmas blues, cold days, long dark nights and abandoning your New Year Resolutions can make it all seem a bit glum. No wonder the third Monday of January is called Blue Monday. But you can lift your spirits by joining us for a lovely hostel weekend at this beautiful country house retreat set high in Somerset’s Exmoor hills above Minehead.
Not only is Minehead a picturesque Edwardian and Victorian seaside resort with a cracking mile long sea-front and sandy beach, it’s also the northern gateway to the Exmoor National Park, and the start point of the South West Coast Path.
This is a lovely venue with plenty to do, so cast off the winter blues and all those thoughts about Blue Monday and come along to join friends and a warm welcome at Minehead.
Accommodation: Enchantingly situated in a woodland hideaway, the hostel boasts magnificent grounds and was originally built as a private house in 1914, later becoming a hostel. Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, the house still retains many original features with stripped pine floorboards and a stained glass front door. It’s a smaller hostel with excellent 5*ratings and reviews. There’s a comfortable lounge with a wood burner and good dining room.
Friday Evening: Arrive, meet others and socialise, We'll have the usual Outdoor lads buffet, and possibly an evening activity followed by the welcome meeting.
Saturday Day: After breakfast (which is included in the event cost), we’ll head out (subject to the weather of course!) into the surrounding countryside for a good walk. Please bring a packed lunch with you and maybe pack a flask for a hot drink if it’s really wintery.
Saturday Evening: We’ll light the wood burner and relax. Dinner is included in the event cost, after which we may have an activity to join in if you wish.
Sunday: After breakfast (included in the event cost) you are either free to go home or join in a possible activity such as a visit to the Dunster Castle, and maybe end up at a local pub for a Sunday roast before heading home.
Dogs: Sorry, the event is not suitable for dogs.
What to bring
All bedding is supplied but remember to bring a towel, your washing kit and of course clothes to wear about the hostel.
Here’s a quick check list of kit to bring with you for our walk on Saturday: Hiking boots, Walking socks, Gaiters (if you have them), and Walking trousers (not jeans or joggers please), Waterproof trousers, Warm Layers, Waterproof jacket, Hat, Gloves, Rucksack. Non essentials include any personal Emergency Equipment and Map/compass if you’d just like to know where you are.
The weather can be unpredictable and change quickly along coastal cliffs and moorland, so do please come prepared.
Food & drink
The event cost includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, a three course dinner on Saturday evening and tea/coffee throughout the weekend.
The Friday evening meal will be our usual buffet. Please bring a contribution to feed about 2-3 people.
You will need a packed lunch for Saturday daytime - fridge space will be provided where available.
You are welcome to bring your own soft and alcoholic drinks for the weekend.