Places to Be: a compendium of tranformational holidays, and places to just be
Welcome to the definitive guide! For fifteen years, Places to Be has been helping people to find retreats, workshop centres and alternative holidays as well as venues in which they can run their own events. To the right, you will see a selection of places from the site. To find others, you might like to choose a category from the tabs along the top and then further refine your search in the area below that. We hope you will find the perfect place to be, and also of course that when you book with them, you mention our site. It will help maintain this service for you, and for all the places you are seeing. Good luck with your search, and may you have a happy, meaningful and inspiring stay.
Using the Retreat Seeker Many traditional establishments cater for retreats but there are also a growing number of smaller venues. Check whether retreats are for individuals or groups and if guidance is available.
Using the Workshop Seeker Search on subject speciality headings. These categories can only be a very crude guide. Often the text on the venue’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
Using the Venue Seeker If you’re looking for a place to run your own event then you’ll probably want to search on size and features such as catering options. More detail is given on venues’ own pages, but do check info has not changed.
Using the B&B Seeker Many places listed are representative of a new breed of B&B which offer something more. Perhaps it’s catering for special diets, perhaps an educational service or healing therapy.
Using the Health Spa Seeker These are retreats that focus on relaxation and on healing the body, mind and spirit. Check for more details on the health spa’s own page, and with the establishment itself.
Using the Holiday Seeker Search on broad holiday types. Some operators may use only one venue, some several, while other organise tours. Often the text on the operator’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
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Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel picture
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Devon, EnglandThis hostel, a beautifully converted stable, is located in the village centre of Moretonhampstead, within Dartmoor National Park. Dorm Bunks and Double(bed)Room available. Groups/ Families/ ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Alternative Camp
Ibiza, SpainEl Jardin de Luz. Situated between two worlds - Europe and Africa, rising out of the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, lies the magic island of Ibiza. In the north of the ...
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
Herefordshire, EnglandPoulstone Court, a spacious and comfortable Victorian country house, is a residential retreat centre midway between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye. Five minutes’ walk from the River Wye, ...
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Samways Farm picture
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Wiltshire, EnglandSamways Farm is a beautiful complex of listed buildings situated in the Cranborne Chase designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The farm has been used as a location in several ...
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Bishop Woodford House picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Workshops
Cambridgeshire, EnglandIdeal venue for visiting the ancient cathedral city of Ely and the beautiful surrounding East Anglican countryside. Easily accessible by road and rail. Built in the grounds of the old ...
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Peak District Adventures picture
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Derbyshire, EnglandOffering individualised 2 or 3 day, small group workshops and holidays. Holistic therapy courses such as aromatherapy, Indian head massage, hopi ear candles, meditation and yoga, pilates, ...
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Derbyshire, EnglandA beautiful converted old stone mill nestling in its own secluded valley, surrounded by pasture and woodlands with a brook running gently by. Superb location for walking & discovering ...
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Stod Fold Barn picture
 ✓ Venue for Hire
West Yorkshire, EnglandThere have been people living at Stod Fold for 500 years and the barn has a wonderful feel of quiet permanence. Seemingly miles from anywhere it is only 7 miles from the centre of Bradford, ...

What’s special about these organisations? This is a selection from the the wonderful places and organisations that we have to offer throughout our site. Refresh in your browser and you’ll see a different choice. How do I get more information about a place listed on this page? Click on the name or picture to see any particular entry. The full text will not appear, as unfortunately none of the above has a full page entry on this site, but you will be able to see their address details.