Join us for four days of complete immersion in the real lives of the Bloomsbury set, in the South Downs home of Maynard Keynes and Lydia Lopokova. This unique retreat at Tilton House offers a rare opportunity to sleep, eat, breathe, explore, discover and grow exactly as the Bloomsbury set did, in the only Bloomsbury house to offer a residential escape. Walk in their footsteps over the Downs, sleep in their bedrooms, talk until the small hours in their fireside library, and feast on food from their recipe books in the same kitchen that hosted countless candlelit gatherings.
WHATS ON OFFER:-
Your absorption in Bloomsbury life will include special guided tours of Charleston and Monk’s House, a walk along the old coach road to see Bell and Grant’s spectacular murals at Berwick Church, and an invigorating romp over the Downs to the Rodmell home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf.
Discover Tilton’s stories and secrets from the rarely-explored archive as you become an official ‘Tiltonian’, as associates of the House were called. You will have some time to yourself each day to bask in the stillness and magic of the beautiful grounds. Explore Lydia’s garden, scribble away in the writing shed, relax in the hammocks and outdoor sauna, stretch out in the secret yurt or enjoy a knockabout on the tennis courts where Tiltonians played with gusto (but by Lydia’s account, very little skill).
“..there is no better air than here for work”
— John Maynard Keynes
Exploring the importance of community and friendship is at the heart of this retreat, as we celebrate and learn from the creativity and nourishment the Bloomsbury set gained from the rich kinship of their network.
Run by the Department of Wellbeing, the Bloomsbury Retreat is designed to invigorate and inspire every aspect of our physical, intellectual, creative and social selves. As the still centre where Lydia’s restless physicality and Keynes’ world-changing intellect found balance with one another, Tilton House is the perfect place to get your body and mind working together. You will leave this immersive experience with fresh air in your lungs, new ideas in your notebook, and with insights into the Bloomsbury group that few have had before.
HOLLY DAWSON - CHARLESTON READER IN RESIDENCE 2019
Arrival cream tea
Three nights accommodation including all vegetarian meals in a Bloomsbury home
Dinner menu will be based around The Bloomsbury Cookbook
Department of Wellbeing Goody bag
Entrance to Charleston Farmhouse for private guided tour and lunch in The Threshing Barn
Bloomsbury discussion group
Entrance to Monks House for private guided tour and evening readings in the garden
Walk to Berwick Church
WHATS NOT INCLUDED:
TRIPS TO FIRLE CHURCH OR THE RAM INN
Single Occupancy with shared bathroom £650
Single Occupancy with En-Suite £790
Single Space in a twin room £425
READ THE TELEGRAPHS REVIEW:-
5.30PM - 7.30PM READING/ LETTERS IN THE LIBRARY
7.30PM DINNER AT TILTON
9.30AM WALK TO BERWICK CHURCH (if you are unable to walk please advise when booking) WHERE YOU GO VIEW THE MURALS
1145AM DEPART BERWICK CHURCH
1.30PM LUNCH AT TILTON
3PM DEPART FOR MONKS HOUSE
5PM READINGS IN THE GARDEN WITH HOLLY DAWSON - READER IN RESIDENCE AT CHARLESTON
7.45PM SUPPER AT TILTON
10.30AM CHARLESTON GUIDED TOUR WITH HOLLY DAWSON
12.30PM LUNCH AT CHARLESTON
1.30PM VISIT GALLERY AND GARDENS AT CHARLESTON
4PM TEA AT TILTON
7.30PM DINNER AT TILTON
8.30PM VITA AND VIRGINA STORIES IN THE LIBRARY
9.30AM FINAL SESSION IN THE LIBRARY; SUMMATION AND DISCUSSION
SUGGESTED AFTERNOON OPTIONS WOULD INCLUDE UNGUIDED VISIT TO FIRLE CHURCH TO SEE THE GRAVE OF DUNCAN GRANT AND LUNCH AT THE RAM INN
HOW TO BOOK:-
Interested email: firstname.lastname@example.org