The Retreat

When you need time to embrace a quieter more peaceful time in your life The Retreat is a unique venue in which to do so. Whether you desire relaxation, or a place to connect spiritually, what better place than one of the most tranquil and historic valleys in the country.

Really it's more than just somewhere to sleep…it is an experience of simpler living. Check in and check out…disconnect and reconnect with nature. Look out for bats at dusk, the resident barn owls and birds of prey. Soak in your own private hot tub, play a board game, put the fire on and relax with a good book and a hot chocolate…this really is country living at its best.

A traditional, timber-framed cottage is nestled next to the Dode Church enshrouding you in the spirit and magic of Dode, transporting your say back to a time gone by.

The Retreat, split into two self-contained cottages, offers a chance to take solace, reflect, slow down and breath the fresh air of this beautiful valley. With views across the fields and up to woodlands on the nearby ancient Holly Hill which lies outside both of the cottage retreats.

A stay at The Retreat allows you exclusive access to the two acres of ancient grounds surrounding the cottages and Dode church. Yours to wander and enjoy this privileged opportunity that comes with staying in a place of peace for thousands of years.

“I cannot thank you enough for creating this piece of heaven. Your cottage created the perfect birthday for me. I cannot remember the last time I felt so cut off from everything, but free to breathe and forget about any worries.  I don't have the words to offer a picture of how peaceful, beautiful and perfect my stay was. The cottage is charming (the jacuzzi is inspired), the lack of WIFI and phone signal released me. The silence, only broken by and owl hoot), the stars, I loved it. This will always be a magical memory for me. I will be back! Adam”


Please note both cottages are unsuitable for children under seven (due to the stairs), however, well-behaved dogs are always very welcome.  Walking distance to a good village pub or a short drive to the nearby village shop for supplies. We are less than an hour from London which makes it prefect for short breaks away.

The cottages may be booked together or separately.

Woodside Cottage

Woodside, with two bedrooms and a hot tub, is the larger of the cottage retreats and Is suitable for a retreat for family or friends to enjoy time together.

Features Include:
  • An open plan living and dining area with a traditional flagstone floor, sofa, two armchairs, TV (with Freeview and DVD player) and electric wood effect fireplace
  • Fully fitted kitchen with oven, microwave, dining table and chairs
  • Family shower room and WC
  • Nespresso coffee machine and BOSE docking station
  • Locally handcrafted wrought iron work throughout
  • Bedroom one – double bed (4ft 6), gallery landing, en-suite shower room, WC and features a hot tub
  • Bedroom two – double bed (4ft 6), small ‘lookout’ window and a beautiful low-beamed traditional ceiling. *
  • Air-conditioning unit.
* Please note these bedrooms are accessed via steep stairs.

Hillview Cottage

Next to Woodside, Hillview, is the second of the cottage retreats. This little dream of a timber-framed cottage, (with the ceiling in the loft bedroom being particularly spectacular), is the PERFECT getaway spot, when you need a few days of relaxation by yourself or with your partner.

Features Include:
  • An open plan living and dining area with flagstone floor, sofa, TV, ‘wood burning effect’ electric fire, round dining table and practical kitchen area with two ring hob oven, fridge and microwave
  • Nespresso coffee machine and BOSE docking station
  • Separate shower room and WC
  • The bedroom is loft-style with a small ‘lookout’ window, very low beamed ceiling and a double bed (4ft 6) on a low base. *
  • TV monitor for wildlife viewing
* Please note these bedrooms are accessed via steep stairs.
Full details of the cottages can be found at