Writers' Retreats

at Lumb Bank and Totleigh Barton

Give your writing the time and space it deserves on a Writers’ Retreat at Lumb Bank or Totleigh Barton. We are offering the opportunity for up to six writers to spend six nights (Monday to Sunday) at two of our famous and much-loved writing houses.

Our retreats are offered in Covid-secure environments and are fully catered, leaving you more time to sit at your desk and write, or walk in the beautiful landscape. Whether you are starting something new, or pushing on to finish your latest draft, make time to free your imagination.

Lumb Bank Retreats

Lumb Bank property

Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner’s house in West Yorkshire which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland, with breathtaking views to the valley below – a Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.

• Room Option 1: A double room on the first floor in the main house, with valley views, a writing desk, lounge chair, fridge and tea making facilities. Each room has its own dedicated private bathroom across the landing. There is a maximum of 4 double rooms available on each retreat. £765 per person for six nights.

• Room Option 2: A single bedroom in the barn building, adjacent to the main house, accessed across the courtyard. The barn bedrooms have single beds, en-suite private bathrooms, a separate private study room with writing desk, lounge chair and tea making facilities. The views in these rooms are more limited, but both study rooms open on to the garden terrace with valley views. There is a maximum of two rooms available on each retreat. £725 per person for six nights.

• Our retreats are fully catered, with home-cooked meals made from fresh produce. Writers are not required to undertake any cooking or washing up all week, meaning more time to write. Meals will be served to you in our large dining room in the main house.

• You’ll have access to the large barn space with sofas and desks, well-stocked library, and cosy living room (some restrictions will apply to the communal spaces due to Covid measures).

• Lumb Bank’s terraced gardens offer spectacular views of the wooded valley, Lumb Chimneys and Colden Clough.

• Wi-Fi and 4G coverage available

• Easy walks to the local historic village of Heptonstall with two pubs and local shops and to bustling, trendy Hebden Bridge with its array of independent shops, cafes and bars.

• Miles of footpaths and historic packhorse trails to explore directly from the house in the breath-taking high Pennine landscape on our doorstep.

Totleigh Barton Retreats

Totleigh Barton Creative Writing Course in DevonTotleigh Barton is a 16th-century manor house with ancient origins (it is listed in the Domesday Book) in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon. Around an hour from Exeter by car, the house has been an Arvon centre for over fifty years, welcoming groups every week to enjoy the peace and tranquillity and nourish their creativity.

• All rooms are doubles with views of the garden or surrounding fields, a writing desk, fridge, and tea-making facilities. There is a maximum of 6 double rooms available on each retreat. Each room has its own dedicated private bathroom (some en-suite). £765 per person for six nights.

• Our retreats are fully catered, with home-cooked meals made from fresh local produce. Writers are not required to undertake any cooking or washing up all week, meaning more time to write. Meals will be served to you in the atmospheric dining room in the main house.

• You will have access to the ancient barn, recently converted, with comfortable sofas and chairs, to well-stocked libraries, and our cosy living room (some restrictions will apply to the communal spaces due to Covid measures).

• Totleigh’s charming gardens and orchard offer spaces to wander, sit, and think.

• Sheepwash, a picturesque Devon village with historic church, pub and village shop, is a half-hour walk away.

• Totleigh Barton is 30 minutes away from Dartmoor and 40 minutes from the North Cornish and North Devon coastlines. There are some spectacular cycle paths running nearby and you will find plenty of tourist attractions in the area.

• Since our access to mobile signal and and wifi is limited at Totleigh Barton, we invite you to think of a retreat to this beautiful old house as a full ‘digital detox’ – a chance to make real progress with your writing with no distractions.

If you have any access requirements, please contact us to discuss how we can meet them. lumbbank@arvon.org

At both houses we are also able to accept group bookings, as long as social distancing measures are observed if you are members of different households. This is subject to change in line with Government guidelines. Please contact us for more details. lumbbank@arvon.org

 

Booking details

Six-day retreats at Lumb Bank and Totleigh Barton run from Monday (arrivals between 1.30pm – 3.30pm) and Sunday (departures by 10am)
• The retreat fee includes full board accommodation (not including alcohol).
• To secure your place, you will need to pay a deposit of £200 at the time of booking.
• You are welcome to pay in instalments via our online booking system.
• The full balance of your retreat fee is payable no later than six weeks before the retreat starts.
• Please note that pets are not permitted.
• We do not currently offer grants for Writers Retreats.
• No guests or visitors are permitted within Lumb Bank or Totleigh Barton during your stay.
• If the retreat is cancelled due to changes to government guidance regarding Covid-19, you will be issued a full refund.

Group bookings

At both houses we are also able to accept group bookings, as long as social distancing measures are observed if you are members of different households. This is subject to change in line with Government guidelines. Please contact us for more details. lumbbank@arvon.org

Arrival & departure times

You should plan to arrive between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. An Arvon staff member will give a short talk about the centre at 4pm. Please note that we are not able to receive you at either house until 1.30pm. Similarly, we ask you to vacate the accommodation no later than 10am on your day of departure.

Accessibility and Travel

For details about how to travel to Totleigh Barton and its accessibility, see here.

For details about how to travel to Lumb Bank and its accessibility, see here.

If you have any access requirements, please contact us to discuss how we can meet them. lumbbank@arvon.org

Food

All your food will be provided during your stay. Your room will be equipped with a small fridge and a kettle, and the ingredients for a simple breakfast each day. Arvon staff will be preparing lunch and evening meals to be served in the dining room at the set times of 1pm and 7pm.

Covid-19

We have undertaken a comprehensive planning and risk assessment process and have put in place procedures to ensure we are operating our retreats in a covid secure environment. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch. For details about cancellations related to Covid-19 see our booking terms and conditions.

If the retreat is cancelled due to changes to government guidance regarding Covid-19, you will be issued a full refund.

Facilities

Towels will be provided. At this time we are unable to offer the use of a washing machine.  An enhanced cleaning procedures are in place before and during your stay. You will have access to the grounds and gardens so do bring some suitable footwear.

Guests

We ask that you do not invite any guests onto the site or into the houses during your retreat.

Pets

We are sorry but pets are not allowed.

Writers’ retreats are subject to the temporarily reduced hospitality and accommodation VAT rate of 5%.

If you have any additional questions about the retreats at Lumb Bank or Totleigh Barton please feel free to be in touch by email – lumbbank@arvon.org