The Nightingale Centre is situated in the very small quiet village of Great Hucklow, set in the Derbyshire countryside with wide views from the centre across the surrounding fields. The outdoor space is quite extensive and when the weather is nice the gardens offer welcomed opportunities for relaxation. It’s very easy to wander from the Nightingale Centre into the nearby countryside or simply take the opportunity to truly rest and relax.
There are a number of different room configurations, but in order to keep things simple we are charging for solo rooms with shared bathroom, or solo room with ensuite. Please note that if you may be in a single, twin or double room. We will allocate rooms on a first come, first served basis.
Great Hucklow is situated just off the B6049, north of the A623 (Stockport to Chesterfield road), near Tideswell. From Chesterfield take the A619. From Manchester and Stockport take the A6. From Sheffield take the A625. For Sat Nav use SK17 8RH. There is ample free parking at the Centre. Note that the car park is at the rear of the centre and accessed via the entrance opposite the Old Chapel.
From Manchester and Stockport there is a regular service to Buxton. From the east the connection is via Chesterfield or Sheffield (15 miles) or Hope (4 miles) Connections can be made by bus (see below) or taxI (see below).
There are regular bus services running through the village. Timetables vary according to the season. Please check availability via Traveline East Midlands 0871 200 2233 or the useful website www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
Taxis are usually available at Sheffield, Chesterfield and Buxton stations. From Hope station (4 miles from the Centre) taxis for both ways need to be booked in advance. 2Nice Taxis are able to transport able or disabled people. You can contact them via 01298 212352 or 07917 710771.
We used Noddfa, Penmaenmawr for the first time for the 2017 New Year and then again in 2018 and we had fabulous feedback, particularly about the nuns - they are so very hospitable, and the food - filling and tasty, just like Grandma would make! Added to that, in the winter the house was warm and we always have the place to ourselves, so plenty of room to move around. We have the sea out in front and the mountains behind us, hugging us. We loved it, so we're really happy to be making it a regular venue.
Noddfa is a place of rest and reflection, it's a huge old house in a beautiful setting. It's a quirky and peaceful place to be.
Noddfa, Conwy Old Road, Penmaenmawr, North Wales
Here is a map - the sat nav may bring you just short of the destination - persevere along Conwy Old Road and you’ll find Noddfa.
The nearest station is Penmaenmawr. It’s a small local station so you need to let the guard know that you’re wanting to stop - it’s pronounced pen -mine- mower (rhymes with flower!). The nearest main station is Llandudno Junction. From Llandudno Jct you can either get a local train to Penmaenmawr or take a taxi.
The nuns are happy to meet people arriving on the local Penmaenmawr trains (that's how gorgeous they are).
There are direct trains from London Euston to Llandudno Junction.
We have discovered a little gem in Anglesey! A newly built (three years old) house in 35 acres of mostly wooded farmland, a mile from the sea on the north coast. It has six ensuite bedrooms and a huge double bedroom with private bathroom. Newly decorated and finished, big rooms, lovely bathrooms. The farm has morphed over the years and is now a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, it is also a textile recycling centre and a pancake house! So if you fancied a pancake and a latte, you wouldn't have far to go (about 150 metres!). Other than that we are set in a hugely tranquil environment with the opportunity to wander through the trees and explore the countryside and coast.
It's a smaller venue that normal, so much more intimate space. There is a living room that we'll use for meditation and a lounging living room as well as two kitchens, one on each floor.
We'll be doing the catering ourselves and the food will all be vegetarian. We'll be unable to support any other diets other than gluten-free for this retreat.
The postcode is LL70 9PJ
Come into Llanfair PG station and get a taxi. We'll try and group folk together to make it more affordable. The trip from London Euston is around 3.5 hours with one change.
Alternatively you can get the train to Bangor and get the 62 bus to Brynrefail.
"Take a breath and refocus yourself on these wonderfully
afordable beach-front meditation-based holidays for solo
travellers on the laid-back island of Lefkada. Led by Zen
Buddhist teacher Kim Bennett, they offer meditation
sessions with the option to join other wellbeing sessions
and enjoy treatments and trips. Rejuvenate with sea and
mountain views, just a 30-minute drive from the airport"
We had our first mention in the Sunday Telegraph Travel Section in April:
"For a beach holiday that is also a retreat, head for the island of Lefkada in Greece where Serenity Retreat offers just that: guided walks, qigong and meditation. It's geared towards solo travellers and you can do as little or as much as you want- and I'd say the place is tranquil rather than silent. Should you want to try complete silence, the company offer weekend silent retreats in Yorkshire as well".
"It’s great for solo travellers interested in spirituality and personal growth or just pure relaxation, and tends to attract people who have started to question their lives and who want to live more meaningfully".
Set up by Zen meditation teacher Kim Bennett, Serenity Retreats are aimed at solo travellers looking for self development. The week long retreat has an easy-breezy approach and while there are mindfulness walks, guided meditations and excursions on offer, nothing is compulsory. "Our emphasis is on giving our guests space", Bennett says. "Our accommodation is on the beach and we encourage guests do nothing other than watch the sea and the mountain for a restorative effect".