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EVERYTHING AS IT SHOULD BE

beyond returns to the sanctuary of one of our favourite retreats in the Ribble Valley and finds everything just as magical as we remember.

Something happens when you drive through the gates of Everything Retreat.

It’s as if your cares instantly dissolve, your troubles are packed away and you are able to truly switch off in this oasis of calm and relaxation.

And nearly two years after first opening, we are delighted to say the only thing to have changed is that it’s got even better.

Thankfully some things remain the same though and from the minute you arrive you know you’re in safe, capable hands with a team that can’t do enough to make your stay as magical as possible.

It was the vision of Louise Monk, who set about turning an unused field into a haven of tranquillity during lockdown, where the story first began and alongside her General Manager Kelly Slater, the pair and their incredible team have since gone from strength to strength.

Home to 12 perfectly formed cedarwood lodges, all strategically and mindfully placed to ensure complete privacy, this is a place that has grown into itself and since our last visit 18 months ago, it has weathered into the beautiful countryside even further to become the hidden gem Louise always envisaged.

With our four-legged companion in tow – who seemed as happy to be back as us – we were greeted in reception by the friendly team and after a welcoming glass of fizz and catch up we were shown to our luxury lodge and home for the night.

There are two types of lodges at Everything, all equally beautiful and all with their own private hot tubs. Six in the Signature Collection – calm, open-plan living spaces, using natural textures, high quality fittings and accessories, and huge full-length windows to take in the impressive vista, and six in the Unique Collection.

These are all individually themed and are inspired by Louise’s trots around the globe ranging from Scandi chic to the ski slopes of the Alps; Asian zen to African nights and English heritage to the Scottish Highlands.

Having stayed in the tartan-clad Bothy previously, we settled into our signature lodge which was bursting with all the glamour, comfort and a meticulous attention to detail that puts most five-star boutique hotel rooms in the shade.

So often, the magic of a new venture fizzles out after a few years, but here, you sense they are on a continual upward trajectory that is showing no signs of slowing down.

Since our last visit, Louise has added a stunning new dining experience for guests to enjoy on a lunchtime, an afternoon tea service and the introduction of a delicious tapas menu every Friday and Saturday night.

Throw in her ambitious plans to launch a new room for yoga, treatment rooms and the renovation of an old farmhouse to accommodate larger groups and she really has got everything covered.

After enjoying a complimentary signature gin in our room and a quick plunge in the hot tub, we were keen to sample the delights of the Balance Bar, where a sumptuous tapas spread awaited us in a candle-lit and cosy corner.

It’s the perfect setting to unwind even further and as the red wine flowed and the delicious tapas plates arrived in waves, you could have been mistaken for thinking you were in the Tuscan hills as opposed to the Ribble Valley.

Once again the staff and service were impeccable and Jenna and Sophie have obviously been well-trained in the Louise Monk school of friendliness. Nothing was too much trouble for them as they happily talked us through the freshly made dishes, the highlights for us being the Gambas Pil Pil, Brochetas de Pollo Espanolas; the meatballs and a delicious spread of Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.

At £65 for five tapas dishes and a bottle of wine, it was a feast fit for a king and after a wonderful dining experience we sauntered back to the comfort of our lodge where the promise of a glorious night’s sleep awaited us.

And that’s the magic of Everything, it wraps you up in a blanket of warmth and kindness that stays with you long after you’ve left.

There’s no pretence or five-star snobbery here, it’s just quality and luxury served up with a smile and a down-to-earth Northern charm that is so important to any guest and what makes this such a special place.

Once again, the morning came around all too quick and after a freshly-made breakfast which was delivered to our lodge, we reluctantly pack our bags and headed to the car, where even the dog refused to get in.

The Ribble Valley certainly has much to shout about with its fantastic walks, superb shops and exceptional dining options but Everything Retreat is right up there as a mighty fine reason to visit and we’ll be definitely back.

Everything Retreat is now offering guests the chance to enjoy a mid-week escape package which offers an extended four-night stay with prices starting from just £600 for two people sharing.

T: 01254 965095
E: hello@everything-retreat.com
W: everything-retreat.com

Everything Retreat, Pendle View Lodges,
Primrose Lane, Mellor, BB2 7EQ

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