THE WINTER HOUSE EXPERIENCE
The main difference of The Winter House compared to The Summer House is are that all guests have the opportunity to take a bed in the house if they choose (or stay in the grounds in a heated yurt); all food is included so all guests can dine together (unless guests choose to opt out of food by self-camping or staying elsewhere); and all activities are indoors. As usual we're flexible on which elements guests choose to take up, so if you'd prefer to camp and bring your own food that's fine too.
The Winter House follows a similar structure to The Summer House Weekend, with opening and closing ceremonies, opportunities to dine together, workshops and talks, interactive games, film screenings, a cabaret show and a party on Saturday night (featuring live music, dancing, playrooms and a BDSM area). Plus a hot tub, a library with a log fire, and lots of ways to commune with nature in the beautiful grounds and gardens. Visit our "What's on" page for guidance on what we're planning.
Unless you go for the self-camping option, your ticket price includes food on all the days that you attend. We are offering dinner on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, a light snack lunch in the middle of Saturday, a big dinner on Saturday night, brunch late on Sunday morning and some light snacks as guests filter out on Sunday afternoon. Bearing in mind feedback from previous Summer House events, the food will be simple and home-style yet plentiful. Dishes will be placed on tables for guests to serve themselves. Don't expect anything fancy or fiddly - instead we're aiming for colourful, healthy cuisine with a vegetarian leaning with meat and fish options at certain meals for the omnivores. Drinks / wine at reasonable prices are extra. Guests dine together in groups and long tables, with hosts to keep the conversation flowing.
The House offers a limited amount of accommodation at a high standard - close to boutique hotel quality decor with tasteful vintage / antique furniture. There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room though tea and coffee is available downstairs. There is also a heated yurt next to the House, with the option to bring your own bedding or rent it. We have block-booked a nearby (5 mins away) hotel with a minbus offering transport to and from each day. Finally you're welcome to self-camp in the grounds or to book your own accommodation if you prefer. More information...
The main ticket type is from Friday 12th Feb 2016 at 4pm through to Sunday 14th February at 6pm, including all food, workshops, entertainment and permission to self-camp if desired. Accommodation is available to all ticketholders as an add-on. For guests who wish to feed themselves, a cheaper self-camping ticket with no dining is available. And for those who are not available for the whole weekend we have tickets for Saturday or Saturday plus Sunday. To order tickets click here.
LOCATION AND TRANSPORT
The House is about 1 hour from London by car and 30 minutes by rail from London Bridge or Charing Cross. The House is about 5 miles from the nearest station with a cost of about £18 for a taxi. We will run a minibus service to and from the nearest station for £5 each way, and we will provide details of local taxi services. There will also be a rideshare board for guests who want to split the cost of driving. We will also offer a ride back to London after the Saturday night. To book transport click here.