The Pilates activities, led by Tracey Gjertsen, will be conducted in a spectacular new geodesic dome which is situated close to the main house, behind the chlorine-free swimming pool. Measuring 11m in diameter this huge space has wonderful acoustics and a wonderful view over expansive countryside. There are endless walks around the property and many lovely spots to relax, meditate or chat with other guests.
The spacious and comfortable bedrooms are situated both in the main house – which has Superior rooms all en-suite and two Semi-singles that share a shower room – and also in the three attached cottages. They feature a further two Superior rooms with private terraces and several Standard rooms. For groups travelling together it may be possible for you to take one of the cottages exclusively, depending on availability.
WIFI is connectable in the majority the buildings though can’t be guaranteed in every bedroom.
Once you arrive at the venue, the retreat is all-inclusive of full board, including dinner on arrival through to Breakfast on day or departure. Our hosts Keith and John are lifelong vegetarians although barbecued meats can be available for those that prefer a non-vegetarian menu.
LQP endeavours to use local and home-grown produce as much as possible. The cooking encompasses a wide variety of styles. Food allergies and intolerances can be catered for as long as you let us know in advance. LQP often do wheat-free meals by using gluten free substitutes for foods such as pastry.
There are three meals provided:
Breakfast – fresh fruit salad, muesli, yoghurts, bread with homemade jams. Cheese is also available for those who prefer savoury breakfasts.
Lunch – 2 courses usually with a soup or salad to start.
Dinner – 3 courses, except on your final evening when a sumptuous five course meal will be served.
Soft drinks, tea and coffee is available all day free of charge. Other drinks are available at extra cost. A good regional red, rose or white can be supplied by the decanter and LQP has a small cellar of finer wines. Beer and some soft drinks are also available.
Chai and Tiffin (spiced Indian tea and a small cake or biscuit – sometimes chocolate!) is served at around 4pm each day. Fresh and dried fruit is always available. There is a communal Guests kitchen so you can help yourselves to hot and cold drinks 24/7.
Pricing and Room Options Total Price per person*
Superior Rooms Ensuite Single £965
Superior Rooms Ensuite Double £860
Semi-Single Suites Single £845
Standard Rooms Shared facilities Single £895
Standard Rooms Shared facilities Double £775
*Transport to Bordeaux not included. One return standard transfer from Bordeaux airport is included. See Terms and Conditions.
Location and Getting to France
Les Quatre Puits is located in Neuvicq in the Charente-Maritime department, south west France.
The best connected station is Bordeaux St Jean which is 40mins from LQP.
Coming from the UK you can book the entire journey on the www.loco2.com website selecting Bordeaux as your destination, with just one change in either Lille (the easiest) or Paris (you need to change stations).
The nearest major airport is Bordeaux. It has direct flights from the UK with airlines including BA, easyjet and ryanair. We are about 40mins by car from there.
Bergerac airport is also a possibility with budget airlines flying there. It is just over an hour by car. Car hire is advisable from this airport, although a minibus for up to 8 can be arranged.
Paris – you can fly in to Charles de Gaulle and use the train station just under the airport to get directly to Bordeaux without a change.
Getting to Les Quatre Puits itself
We will be arranging one transfer (details tbd but around early afternoon on the arrival Saturday from Bordeaux Airport). We invite you to make use of this facility which is free. If you wish to arrive at another time or place you should arrange your own transfer at extra cost; we can help with these bookings if needed.
Once you have arrived at LQP we will look after your every need.
Your activities will start with a gentle evening stretch and Pilates session before dinner on Saturday.
Following days will see 2 periods of Pilates, morning walks and other outside activities. The swimming pool and sunbathing area can be used at any time. Each person on the retreat will have a 1-1 session with Tracey. This is designed to help your personal development and depending on your requirements could be focussed on Pilates, physiotherapy, massage or personal training,
There is a delightful swimming lake with sandy beach just 20 mins walk away through a pine forest. A visit here may well feature in one or more of the morning walks.
Should you wish to take a break from the inclusive group activities, wine tasting at a local chateau, kayaking and horse riding are also very close by and can be arranged for an extra cost.
LQP will not be providing food on Wednesday after breakfast (the chef needs one day off!). So we will arrange transport for an optional visit that afternoon to the beautiful wine town St Emilion, followed by an evening dinner at a local bistro, both inclusive in the price.
The arranged transfer to Bordeaux airport will depart after breakfast (time tbd to coincide with flight schedules).