Our guests arrived a little later than usual last Sunday night so we were ready with hot chocolate and cake served under a canopy of fairy lights.

Our daily programme included Pilates and Mindfulness sessions with Jo and Ella, walks and wild swimming with Ian and a trip to the beautiful and peaceful town of Assisi. Nicola and Manuela created incredible, flavoursome meals; highlights included breakfast cornetti (think mini croissants filled with Casa Rosa’s own, homemade lemon marmalade), fresh spinach and ricotta pie and cherries straight from the tree.

Sensing we had an open-minded group we made various additions to our programme including an impromptu cinema night with duvets and pyjamas, a cookery lesson with Rita, lavender bottle making and “Aqualates” culminating in a surprisingly competitive game of water polo!

Calm was restored in the evening with the appearance of the faithful fireflies. Sitting with a glass of wine, watching these mysterious and magical creatures has got to be one of the best things in life.

A huge thank you to Ella and her team who always make us so comfortable and welcome at Casa Rosa. And also to our guests who entered into every activity with enthusiasm and humour.

Great friendships and memories have been made.

There are just a couple of places left on our next retreat in September. If you’d like to join us then, or in June 2019, give us a call or send an email realretreats@gmail.com We’d love to hear from you.