Jackie Buxton

Writing Retreat...

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The spacious lodge is nestled in a sought after hamlet of wooden lodges at the base of the Tatra mountains which gives the feeling of total seclusion, yet provides access to the mountains, the local pub and a couple of restaurants on foot. The city of Liptovsky Mikulas is only a 15 minute drive away.


We write in various corners in and around the house and there’s enough room for everyone on the south-facing, sun-trapped decking. If you need to squirrel away with your pen and your characters, there are many secluded spots in the half acre of wooded grounds, not least my favourite, the ‘writing platform’, built on our banks of the shallow river. When the snow is hanging off the multitude of pine trees outside, the wood-burning stove and underfloor heating keep the lodge toasty warm.


Our wonderful friend and guide, Martin, is a fluent English speaking native of the Tatras who is passionate about Slovak history and culture and loves nothing more than sharing his incredible knowledge. Lakes, mountains, caves, ancient villages, museums, spas and everything in between, if you need a break from writing, Martin will transport you to places far from the beaten track, and tell you stories only known to

the most savvy of locals.


For further information and to book

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Information and Small Print

Full board*, morning yoga, tuition and writing activities, plus airport transfers, are included in the price. Optional afternoon activities available.

Flights are the only essential item not included and unlikely to cost more than £50 return.

We guide you through booking and answer any questions.  

*Our in-house chef provides a hearty breakfast and three course dinner daily, as well as a sandwich style lunch to be taken as suits. One evening we visit a local restaurant.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks as required, wine and beer are included with every meal, and of course, at Wine O'clock. Further alcohol is available to purchase.

Wifi and good mobile reception.

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A desire and inclination to write are the only pre-requisites. The rest will follow. Whether you have a first draft of a novel needing attention, or you've just started exploring the glorious world of writing stories, you'll be very welcome on our Writers' Retreat.