â€œNewbold is the most special place to come home to yourselfâ€?
Newbold House Venue Hire
We envision a world
where people live in a life-sustaining culture which supports the interconnected wellbeing of individuals, communities and the Earth. Our Mission is to provide inspiring courses, nurturing retreats, and community living experiences, which offer people from diverse backgrounds a lived experience of this culture and the practical tools for developing it
Who we are Newbold House is run by a residential community of members and volunteers. The centre is operated by the Newbold Trust, a social enterprise, dedicated to sustainable living, wellbeing, education and open spirituality.
A unique place Our commitment to creating a welcoming, nurturing space which supports the needs of our guests spans over 30 years. This transformative haven, run by our small community in the beautiful North East of Scotland, offers a unique blend of professional hospitality coupled with a welcoming family atmosphere and commitment to service. Our building retains the charm and grace and many of the original features of the late Victorian era. This includes our iconic conservatory offering a wonderful sun-lit oasis in which to sit on summer days, converse, eat a meal with friends or colleagues, sleep, or put the world to rights. Surrounded by 7 acres of organic gardens and extensive woodlands, and close to the unspoilt Moray coast, we offer direct access to nature whilst still being within easy reach of the pretty town of Forres and its local facilities. Whether you are looking for a venue for your workshop or course, a place to come on retreat, an eco-holiday, or just a place to stay, we think you will find that Newbold offers a very special combination of magical ingredients you wonâ€™t find anywhere else.
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Newbold House hosts a wide variety of activities and is available to hire for residential workshops, miniconferences, retreats or regular classes. The facilities we provide include the use of our beautiful function rooms and full accommodation for up to 24 people. All in our comfortable and quiet house, surrounded by extensive gardens, in a beautiful natural setting. Countryside walks are available through our back garden gate.
Our main rooms for hire are: The Ballroom (8.5m x 6.5m) our largest function room. Decorated in calm soft colours it overlooks the front lawn and provides the perfect space for yoga, dance, workshop or meeting space. The Music Room (4.5m x 6.5m) adjoins the Ballroom through a sliding door which can be opened to create one large room. It can also be used as a breakout space or a more intimate meeting room. The Art Room (8.5m x 5.5m) is cosy, and carpeted, with stained glass windows and a wood stove. It is popular for body-oriented and meditative healing work. It is also a great space to use our projector and screen for showing films or presentations. Our Dining Room has a lovely view over the front gardens with capacity for around 35 people and adjoins the Conservatory. Abundant with plants and light, this is a lovely space for reflecting, chatting during a break or to have a small group meeting. Guests are of course also welcome to use our Sanctuary space and gardens.
Equipment & Resources • Free wireless broadband • Work station with micro-headphones for Skype or other VOIP calls. • Projector and screen • Flipcharts • CD player • TV and DVD • Soundsystem • Tables, chairs, cushions, blankets and yoga mats
Attractive accomodation All our rooms are light and spacious, offering beautiful views of our gardens and woodland. The peaceful setting, coupled with the warmth of our service, creates the perfect combination for our guests to feel at home. We can accommodate a broad range of requirements with 2 single, 2 twin, 1 double, 2 triple and 2 quadruple rooms. We can also provide additional beds if necessary, which fit comfortably in the larger rooms. All guests have access to the conservatory, our peaceful sanctuary space and the pantry with a wide choice of organic teas and coffee. There is plenty of parking and, naturally, you are welcome to relax or play in our gardens.
What people say about us “A very special environment in which to have an offsite residential meeting”
“Transformative experience!” “A blessing of a break!” Newbold is the kind of place that you just want to keep coming back to. The people here create a sense of harmony, peace and openness, which you don’t always find in life, these days. This means that whatever kind of holiday you have, you feel extremely fortunate to spend time here and all the better for it. SH, Liverpool
House and grounds are lush and inviting and sprinkled with faerie dust if you are open to a transformative adventure that caters to all *6* of your senses. I have traveled to many countries and stayed in every-thing from grass huts to 5* hotels, but nothing, NOTHING compares to the “A magic that awaits vacation you at Newbold like no House. Mary, Ohio
Seldom do you find an opportunity to be so looked after or so surrounded by natural beauty. The food is unspeakably amazing, feeling like every mouthful is going to work at rejuvenating every part of you!
I have rented Newbold House twice for my Write, Travel, Transform retreats to Scotland. I cannot imagine a more ideal setting for creativity and building community. And what a great jumping off place for exploration.
The people are wonderful; kind and compassionate, with ethics and values that will rub off and travel home with you. The variety of activities and treatments gorgeous, and the house has a special, magical energy all of its own. I couldn’t recommend Newbold with enough vigour or sincerity. Go! Julia, London
What has been so powerful to me, and to the travelers I bring, is the opportunity to become -- if you want -- part of the Newbold community.
“I’ll be telling people about this place for years to come”
I was repeatedly moved by the incredible generosity and warmth of every member of the Newbold community, making our stay a unique and unparalleled setting for our retreat. Laura Davis, California
Nature & history We are based in Forres on the North East coast of Scotland, a short journey from the picturesque village of Findhorn; both places perfect for craft shopping, coffee and cake and small local museums. We benefit from glorious nature, a microclimate that provides some of the best weather in the UK and close contact with the internationally famous Findhorn Foundation and eco-village, renowned for its wealth of skilled and qualified integrative therapists. Six miles from the Moray coast, named one of the 12 â€˜most beautiful and unspoiled coastlinesâ€™ by National Geographic Travel magazine, the area offers a huge range of activities including hiking, biking, wildlife watching, historic castles and gardens, cashmere, whiskey and golf! You can also use this as a base for greater exploration of the Highlands, Cairngorm National Park and Loch Ness.
Healthy food Our food is organic, fresh, homemade and as locally sourced as possible. Our menu is mostly vegetarian, but we do eat some sustainably sourced meat and fish. Newbold has a large walled garden and we are able to grow a good portion of our own vegetables and fruit. Our creative and dedicated kitchen team use this produce to prepare delicious, healthy meals served with love. We also plant to support bees and other insects and encourage birds and wildlife. We make our own delicious bread, apple juice from our orchard and preserves from the many soft fruits that grow in our walled garden. Our chickens provide us with fresh organic eggs daily, and we keep our own bees who make the most delicately flavoured fragrant honey you are ever likely to taste!
Enrich your experience Our guests are welcome to participate in the life of Newboldâ€™s Community and have the option to join us for morning meditation, TaizĂŠ singing, bread and preserve making, garden sessions, playing our piano or participating in workshops and courses (subject to booking/availability). EsalenÂŽ Massage is a wonderfully relaxing full body massage using oil that leaves the receiver feeling whole, integrated and deeply relaxed. Why not enhance your stay by booking a session with our certified in-house practitioner? Make the most of the wonderful wildlife, countryside and coastline of this stunning region with Wild At Heart our in-house nature based activities provider. We can arrange dolphin and seal watching, wildlife tracking, nature walks and more, all with a qualified wildlife biologist as your guide. Other Local Activities include: white water rafting, ceilidh dancing, walks, horse riding, whisky tours, historic castles, woolen mills, local cashmere and lots more! Our close proximity to the Findhorn Foundation community and ecovillage provides a wealth of opportunities for our guests to explore what goes on there, including tours, classes, performances, meditation, singing and more. There are also many integrative therapists of different modalities to choose from in this area and we can provide you with a list if you wish to book a session.
Practicalities Getting to us
We are in Forres, Northern Scotland, UK. Our closest airport is Inverness, just 21 miles away. Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh are all well connected by train and bus. The sleeper train from London is particularly recommended: fun and ecofriendly too. By car from Inverness the drive is approximately 28 miles to Forres via the A96. For more detailed information and directions, please visit our website.
Reduce Your Costs
Please check our website for seasonal reductions and special offers. Discounts for early-bird bookings (3 months or more) may be available for venue hire, courses, and retreats, please enquire when you make your booking.
How to book
Please email us office@newboldhouse. org or call 0044(0) 1309 672 659 and let us know your requirements. This enables us to give you accurate costings and to ensure that we provide what you need to make your experience here enjoyable and successful. To secure your booking, we ask for a nonrefundable (but transferable) deposit. Most arrangements are negotiable and building up positive relationships with our customers is important to us. Please remember to book your programme well in advance; March to September are especially popular months, as are Easter, New Year and Bank holiday weekends. We are happy to promote your workshop or class on our website and social media sites.
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“Newbold is a real gem of a place!”
Newbold House 111 St Leonards Road Forres, Scotland (UK) IV36 2RE 0044 (0) 1309 672 659 firstname.lastname@example.org www.newboldtrust.org