Ten of the best rural health retreats

Escape the hustle and bustle to restore yourself 

1. Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire

With dancercise, running, yoga and Pilates breaks (all with spa treatments thrown in for good measure) there’s something to suit every fitness taste at this grand country getaway. When you’re exercised out, you can crash in a deckchair on the manicured lawn for some quality nature time.

2. Yeotown, North Devon

Set in rural north Devon, hiking along moorland and the stunning coastline is all part of the “Yeotox” five-day retreat. With a focus on helping you build healthy habits you can take home, it includes cookery lessons, mindfulness, massage, yoga and more.

3. Tilton House, East Sussex

Nestled in the South Downs National Park, this country house has the added touches that allow for total escapism, whether it’s getting cosy by the fire pit or enjoying food from its kitchen gardens and orchard. It’s the base for a whole range of retreats, including yoga, mindfulness and detox.

4. Homefield, Northamptonshire

Set in 23 acres of green surroundings (with grazing horses to boot), this detox weight-loss retreat combines the benefits of exercising outdoors – such as Nordic walking – and indoors (with a fully-equipped gym) along with healthy eating, expert Q&As, spa treatments and more. Celebrity fans include Mel C and Amanda

5. Revitalise Fitness Retreat, Cornwall

This is the place to go if you want to make the great outdoors your gym – with workouts in the woodland and on the beach among the typical features of their weekend retreats. You’ll be rewarded with a private hot tub and massage for your efforts.

6. Champneys Tring, Hertfordshire

The original spa in the Champneys family is set in 170 acres of parkland – which you can explore with a guided walk or by bike. Offering everything from bootcamps to sleep retreats, it’s the perfect place for a health kick (or a spa break ifyou’re feeling lazy).

7. Newbold House, Morayshire

Want to get something specific from your getaway? Here you can create your own bespoke retreat from a range of activities on offer, including yoga, personal coaching, wild food foraging and Reiki. All set in grand old house with lovely grounds and easy access to mountains, woodland and sea.

8. Littleton Mill, Wiltshire

Littleton Mill offers yoga retreats combined with ‘conscious eating’ or juice fasting at a renovated 17th century water mill. Set in 10 acres of woodland and meadow and with the yoga studio overlooking Semington Brook, nature is never far away.

9. Gleneagles, Perthshire

Set amongst rolling Scottish hills, this de luxe hotel offers just about every outdoorsy activity you could think of, including walking, biking, horse riding, lawn croquet and wildlife photography sessions. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, you can unwind in the ESPA spa.

10. Split Farthing Hall, North Yorkshire

This women’s only retreat focuses on everything from yoga to healthy eating, with spa treatments on offer to seal the relaxation deal. The 18th-century Georgian house setting has a garden and orchard to stroll around to soak up that feeling of seclusion.