Things to know for your
Weekend Wellness Retreat at 42 Acres
For your reference, some important information about the weekend is provided below. Please review carefully and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Location - 42 Acres Retreat Centre, Witham Friary, Frome, Somerset, BA11 5HL
Driving Directions - See document on this link
Emergency landline details - 01749 850 847
If you need to reach someone from Unplug Experiences once en-route, please contact one of the staff below on their mobile phone, or on the landline at 42 Acres.
- On-site Staff Contact: Orlaith Turner - 07900 581 600
- On-site Staff Contact: Joe Turner - 07739 263 816
- 42 Acres landline - 01749 850 847
By Train/Nearest Stations
- Gillingham (Dorset): 17 mins by car - Pickup and Drop off is included in your ticket price
- Frome: 19 mins by car
- Castle Cary: 24 mins by car
- Westbury: 33 mins by car
If you would like to book your train ticket in advance, here are some recommended outbound trains which run from London Waterloo to Gillingham at the following times on Friday 21st April:
Recommended return trains run from Gillingham to London Waterloo at the following times on Sunday 23rd April:
Pickup and Drop off at Gillingham Station
Once we know your arrival and departure times, we will be in touch with the complementary pickup and drop off information. We are using a taxi service called Gillingham & Mere Cars Ltd at 01747 850385.
What you need to bring
- Yoga clothes
- Good outdoor shoes for foraging, such as hiking boots, trainers or wellies
- Warm outerwear & waterproofs (just in case!)
- Indoor slippers or socks
What we will provide
- Yoga Mats + Blocks
- Meditation Cushions
- Indoor Blankets
- Limited Wi Fi in separate building
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- First Aid Kit
No Smart Devices Policy
As you know, redefining our relationship with our smart devices is at the centre of Unplug Experience’s ethos. To gain maximum benefit from your weekend of Unplugging, we will not allow phones, iPads or laptops in any communal areas. We ask that you either hand these in at the beginning of weekend, or alternatively please keep these in your bedroom. If you want to use the internet there is a wifi zone in one of the barns. It is very important that this is respected, so that all guests can really maximise the benefit of a device free weekend. There is also an emergency line at the house should you need it.
In addition to being a digital detox, the weekend will also be alcohol free to maximise the health benefits.
You will not need any on you, as all expenses are covered! Unless you want to leave the property and buy something elsewhere.
What is there to do in the local area?
Besides numerous beautiful walks we are located 15 minutes away from Bruton where there is a Hauser & Wirth art gallery and delicious restaurants At The Chapel and Roth Bar & Grill. Frome is also located 20 minutes drive away with plenty of shops, cafes and antiques. Stourhead Estate is a 7 minute drive as well as Alfreds Tower.
Please let us know if you would like a Spa Treatment during the weekend, and we will let you know what is available. See separate document provided. Please note, we cannot guarantee that there will be availability for services if you wait to book them when your retreat starts. The best way to avoid disappointment is to book all services in advance before your arrival date.
Environment and Sustainability
We carefully implement an environmentally friendly approach and the sustainable policy of the locations we hire for our Experiences. We encourage our Guests to act in an eco-friendly manner during their stay and ensure that they do not do anything that is deliberately harmful to the environment or that damages the reputation of Unplug Experiences. Eco-friendly behaviour that is encouraged includes reducing waste, reducing use of cars, making use of the recycling bins available at the Property and conserving the use of electricity and utilities.
Note about food from our Chef Mark Mabon
Everything is handmade and sourced as locally as possible from small scale, local, artisan growers and producers including:
- World-class organic goat, sheep and cow dairy (many raw products)
- 100% organic sourdough bakers including gluten free
- Always pasture-fed, local, organic meat
- Wild venison and other game from local estates and parks
- Fresh line-caught fish from the UK coast
- Always cold-pressed oils
- Celtic sea salt only
- 100% sugar free kitchen
- *Chef's own sauerkrauts, ferments and pickles*
Mind Body Spirit Books
At the moment 42 Acres are asking all practitioners to invite their guests to do a spring clean and bring with them any mind-body-spirit books that they no longer need/use/love and may wish to donate to 42 Acres. They are trying to build their library shelves back up, since this wintertime several books seem to have wandered off with guests who have taken them home and not returned them. Thank you in advance for any help you are able to give with this :)
Barn Owl Nesting
There is a barn owl nesting in one of the outdoor barns at 42 Acres. It is the one nearest to the fire. They have asked us to ask our guests not to disturb it. Hopefully we can sneak a peek!
For safety and insurance purposes there is a no-smoking policy inside the rental Property and smoking is only allowed in designated areas of all 42 Acres ground. For safety and insurance purposes there is a policy of no candles or incense use in any of the bedrooms at 42 Acres. 42 Acres does not accept pets and no Guest is permitted to bring pets into the properties without prior consent.