Everything you could possibly wish for…
A luxury lodge retreat featuring private hot tubs, fire pits and an exclusive concierge service is set to open in the Ribble Valley this summer. So, get set to relax and unwind
Three years ago, Louise Monk had a vision. She had acquired a property surrounded by beautiful countryside in the heart of the Ribble Valley: “I saw its potential and decided to forge ahead to create a luxurious, woodland retreat where visitors could stay in beautiful lodges and experience every luxury they could imagine through our own in-house concierge service!” explains Louise, whose dream is now well underway.
She is currently working on-site alongside contractors and skilled tradesmen, endeavouring to complete and launch The Everything Retreat by June 2021, when she will welcome her first guests.
The Everything Retreat will feature 12 exclusive cedarwood lodges located in secluded countryside in Mellor. And plans are in the pipeline for an existing property on the site, which will be transformed into a luxurious, six-bedroomed retreat house catering for 14 guests.
The Everything Retreat lodges will provide stunning open plan living with log burners, comfy sofas, a kitchenette, sumptuous beds and crisp linen, along with full length glass windows with panoramic views overlooking Pendle Hill and the wider Ribble Valley countryside.
Each will be decorated on a different theme: “The interiors of the lodges will each have a different feel to them – but they all represent the ultimate in luxury and style,” says Louise. “We want to take our guests on a journey from the moment they arrive so it’s important that each lodge maintains an individual look.”
While The Everything Retreat site is underway, Louise is planning a concierge service that will include collaborations with local inns and restaurants to deliver breakfast hampers and dinner with champagne to guests. Louise is working together with Stuart and his head chef at the Spread Eagle at Mellor to create these: “I am really excited to be able to offer this service. Going the extra mile is really important.”
Also planned is a chauffeur service for those wanting to eat out, an exclusive in-lodge beauty, hairdressing and massage experience and a bespoke event planning service for those choosing to celebrate special events at The Everything Retreat.
When guests arrive at The Everything Retreat, they simply park-up and enjoy a golf buggy ride through the quiet seclusion of the countryside to their chosen lodge, where they can hunker down in front of the fire or venture out to see the diverse wildlife.
“We have owl nesting boxes and hedgehog boxes – one of the main attractions on site is the wildlife,” says Louise.
Speaking about her plans for the on-site country house, Louise adds: “This will be for guests who want to celebrate in luxurious surroundings, and again they will have our concierge service available to them. If they want a private chef to cook for them, we will organise it. I also envisage that the house could be used for retreat-style getaways.”
The house will feature ‘contemporary with a traditional twist’ décor and like the lodges at The Everything Retreat, a number of open launch events are planned this year.
“I can’t wait to welcome our first guests!” says Louise, who is creating a welcoming reception area, where guests can enjoy a cappuccino or a drink from the bar area. The reception will also feature locally made products crafted in the Ribble Valley.
If any artisans are keen to feature their products at The Everything Retreat, they should contact Louise on 07816 229617