Reading Retreat

What's a Themed Retreat?

Very occasionally we run a Retreat themed around a particular author or genre.  You still get all the loviness of one of our usual Retreats but we add a few additional touches based around our chosen theme.  See below for our next one.


Agatha Christie Reading Retreat

 Tuesday 18th to Friday 22nd November 2019


"Books are a habit-forming drug." - Agatha Christie 1952


Following the huge popularity of our first Themed Retreat with the very lovely Sophie Hannah as our guest author - we are delighted to announce she has agreed to return.  So if you missed out last time here is your chance to join us.


Sophie is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 49 languages. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, 'The Monogram Murders', which was a bestseller in more than 15 countries. In September 2016 her second Poirot novel, 'Closed Casket', was published and became an instant Sunday Times top ten bestseller.  She is the only author authorised to write new books featuring Hercule Poirot and her third, 'The Mystery of Three Quarters'  was claimed to be the best yet when it was published in August 2018.  We are really looking forward to hearing her talk about her work with the Christie Estate, and about her reading habits.

Come and join us to really reconnect with the Queen of Crime, bring your favourites, try some of her more obscure titles, or start reading about Agatha and seeing what contemporary work has been inspired by her. We will be offering our usual Reading Prescriptions but these can be Agatha-derived!

We will be adding little mysterious extra touches to our usual Reading Retreat experience, but the focus is - as always - on having space and time to read.

Facts of the Case:

Dates - Tuesday 18th - Friday 22nd November 2019
Location of the Crime - Suffolk - Mystery on the Meare

Crime Scenes - 3 King with en-suite, 1 King with shared bathroom, 1 Twin with shared bathroom,  1 Single with shared bathroom  (shared crime-scenes available on request)

So whether you’re a die-hard Agatha fan, you used to love them and would like to get back into the sleuthing mood, or you’ve always meant to dip your toe into her world, come and have a lovely relaxing few days with fellow-enthusiasts.

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What's Included:

Accommodation for 3 nights

All meals, snacks and refreshments (including wine with dinner)

Tailored Reading Prescription

Goody Bag 

Dinner with Sophie Hannah

Prices start from £500 per person


Date and Venue


Nestled on the Meare in Thorpeness, it almost feels like the setting for one of Agatha's mysteries!

This house offers us the perfect winter place to snuggle up with a good book.


You can find more details on the venue here

Tuesday 18th to Friday 22th November 2019

Nearest Train station is Saxmundham