Luxury Pilates Retreat

Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th May 2018 

Join Emily for three days of Pilates and relaxation at the stunning 42 Acres in Somerset. Surrounded by 700 acres of ancient forest, 42 Acres is a magical retreat space, luxuriously designed with reclaimed materials and powered by renewable and self-generated biomass and solar energy. 

The retreat will be a chance to switch off and reconnect with both body and mind, with plenty of Pilates, guided relaxation, optional massages, and time to reconnect with yourself in this beautiful venue. Monday 7th May is the early May Bank Holiday so it is the perfect opportunity to extend your Bank Holiday weekend and give yourself the gift of some rest and relaxation.


There are various accommodation options at 42 Acres - from the most luxurious dorm you will ever stay in, twin and double rooms (single occupancy also available) with either en suite or shared bathrooms (shared bathrooms are shared only between two rooms), to the master suite with its own walk-in dressing room, huge bathroom with a standalone bath and walk-in shower, and beautiful views of the 42 Acres landscape.

All bedrooms have luxury linens and towels provided along with locally made Victoria Ogilvy toiletries - made using only pure essential oils, natural ingredients and infusions.

Food & Drink

From the warm and welcoming family-style kitchen at the heart of the retreat centre, food at 42 Acres aims to nourish our physical, mental, emotional and environmental health. Everything is hand made from organic whole ingredients, mostly sourced within 20 miles of the centre from small scale, artisan growers and producers. 

  • Organic and biodynamic fruit and vegetables
  • 100% organic sourdough bakers (including gluten free)
  • Cold-pressed oils (or unrefined high smoke-point oils for cooking)
  • Unrefined sea salt only
  • 100% sugar free kitchen
  • Chef ’s own sauerkrauts, ferments and pickles

There will be three delicious, nourishing vegetarian meals a day, plus snacks. All dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.
*Please note that 42 Acres is an alcohol-free retreat centre.

Pilates & Massage

The Pilates sessions will be suitable for all levels, and will range from gentle and relaxing, to more flowing, strength and stamina-building practices to challenge those who already regularly attend Pilates classes. Class levels will be determined and moulded to fit participating students' needs so that everyone attending will deepen their understanding of Pilates and strengthen their own practice. 

There will be a maximum of 14 guests at the retreat, meaning that students will be able to receive the individual attention that can be more difficult with larger class sizes. Emily will also be available throughout the retreat to answer any questions or queries that you may have regarding your Pilates practice.

Xavier Ballester will also be on hand for those of you that would like to book a massage during the retreat. Xavier is a holistic massage therapist who uses a wide range of massage techniques, from subtle energy work to deep tissue methods, dynamic mobilisations to gentle holds. Every treatment will be unique and is specifically tailored to each person. 

Treatments will be 45 minutes long and are £30.00. Please note that there are a limited number of time slots available for massages so booking early is recommended! Please let Emily know at the time of booking if you would like to arrange a massage as these will need to be pre-booked. 

Approximate Daily Schedule
Monday 7th May

5pm Arrival & Welcome
6.00 - 7.30pm Pilates & Guided Relaxation
8.00pm Dinner

Tuesday 8th May
7.30am Tea, coffee, fruit available
8.30 - 9.30am Pilates
9.30am Breakfast
Free time/opportunity for massages/walks in the countryside/curling up with a book!
12.30 - 1.30pm Pilates Class/Workshop
1.30pm Lunch
Free time/opportunity for massages/walks in the countryside/curling up with a book!
5.30 - 7.00pm Pilates & Guided Relaxation
7.30pm Dinner
Opportunity for massages

Wednesday 9th May
9.00am Breakfast
11.00 - 12.30pm Pilates & Guided Relaxation
1.00pm Lunch
3pm Departure

Costs & Booking

  • Luxe Dorm (3 beds) en suite: £355.00 per person - 1 space left
  • Twin Room with shared bathroom: £385.00 per person 
  • Twin/Double Room en suite: £405.00 per person 
  • Single Occupancy Room with shared bathroom: £500.00 
  • Single Occupancy Room en suite: £530.00 
  • En Suite Master Suite with Walk-in Dressing Room
    Double occupancy: £450.00 per person
    Single occupancy: £600.00


  • Accommodation at the beautiful 42 Acres, Somerset
  • All Pilates classes/workshops
  • Delicious organic vegetarian meals and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, water, fruit throughout the day

Not included:

  • Optional massage treatments
  • Travel to and from the retreat

Please contact Emily for a booking form. Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment of the cost of the retreat along with a completed booking form. Please see the booking form for terms and conditions.

*Please note that 42 Acres is intentionally wi-fi free so that you have the opportunity to really switch-off! 


Arrival is from 5pm on Monday 7th May 2018.
Departure is by 3pm on Wednesday 9th May 2018.

Driving Directions:
SAT NAV BA11 5HL will take you to Holt Farm (which is about 1 mile past 42 acres), so start looking for 42 Acres about 1 mile before the destination on your sat nav if coming from the A303. If you hit Black Arabian Stud stables on your left, you’ve gone too far. If coming through the town of Witham Friary, 42 Acres will be on your right 1 mile after Holt Farm. 42 Acres (our destination) has a sign and a green/black bin, and is next to a red cottage called Holt Cottage (not Holt Farm).

Nearest Train Stations:
Gillingham (Dorset) - 17 mins by car
Frome - 19 mins by car
Castle Cary - 24 mins by car
Westbury - 33 mins by car

Taxis from the Station:
Gillingham Cars – 01747 850 358
Castle Cary Taxis – 01963 351 333

42 Acres,
Witham Friary, 
BA11 5HL