Inspired by Stylist’s pursuit of the simple life? Indulge in a weekend of freshly-laid eggs, countryside walks and forest foraging in our escape the rat race retreats.
THE ONE FOR FOODIE LOVERS
If you’re a total foodie, there’s no finer retreat than Daylesford, the Cotswolds farm adored by Kate Moss and Liz Hurley. Relax in one of their four farmhouse cottages and unlock your inner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall by enrolling on courses such as artisan breadmaking and preserving or by helping head gardener Jez pick the perfect ingredients from their 20-acre veg patch.
Where: Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56. Courses from £90. A week’s stay for four people from £708 (daylesford.com)
THE ONE FOR TOTAL ISOLATION
Deep in the heart of Wales’ Dyfi Forest, a sumptuous 50-acre valley awaits, with no electricity – just a handful of tepees and yurts peppering the vast green land and lit only by candlelight. It’s a true nature-lover’s paradise, with river plunge pools and campfires to cook feasts on and is just a stone’s throw from Ynys Hir reservoir. You can even indulge in starlight meditation led by local healers for just £30.
Where: Machynlleth, Powys SY 20. £105 per night (canopyandstars.co.uk/ecoretreats)
THE ONE FOR YOGA FANS
You don’t actually have to be a yoga fanatic to head to this riverside haven in the Scottish Highlands, where you can jump in a canoe to try trout fishing, watch osprey hunt or just pick up an axe and take your frustration out on a pile of wood. Owners Nick and Rachel generate their own electricity from hydropower and serve homegrown vegetarian meals but the best feature by far are the hot baths perched on the riverbanks.
Where: Ford, Argyll PA31. Self-catering stays from £60 per person per night (ecoyoga.org)
THE ONE FOR ADRENALINE JUNKIES
Fill your rucksack and hit the hills for the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. For five days you’ll be lighting fires in the rain, setting traps, skinning and gutting your catches, and purifying water, just as Bear himself would do. But be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted – barbecued rat, anyone?
Where: The five-day course starts at £1,499 , Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Sutherland IV24. New 24-hour course, £349 in Brook, Surrey (beargryllssurvivalacademy.com)