The client’s brief for Long Barn was to create a world in its own right. A wellness retreat with a focus on connection with nature and personal development through yoga, meditation and eco-therapy activities. The retreat is to be entirely off-grid and sustainable at its core, with a contemporary feel. The 22 acre site is nestled into the hills of the Wye Valley and has breath taking views out to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Guests can take part in a host of different workshops, classes and group activities, immerse themselves in the wild landscape on a number of nature trails, forest bathing paths and stream walks or simply relax with a book, absorbing the serene and tranquil space around them. The permaculture zone creates a secondary hub away from the 200 year old barn, an organic space focused on community, growing and innovation. The hub serves to feed all who dine on the site whilst the forest garden provides foraging treats.

Water is pervasive. Whether it’s enjoying the calm of the ‘flooded courtyard’ reflective pool, swimming in the natural infinity pool, following you down to the lake in the form of a bioswale or stumbling across an awe-inspiring waterfall – it is an omnipresent reminder to be still and calm.

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