A 17th Century Grade 1 listed manor house set in a majestic location overlooking the river Dart. The house and gardens exude a sense of peace and tranquillity with exquisite views in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
There is a solar-heated swimming pool we can use in the summer and the house is well heated and very warm in the winter. All exclusively ours for the weekend, in fact the staff are rarely around and it really feels like we own the place!
There is a lively mixture of learning songs (in 4-part harmony), delicious food, wine available any time of the day or night, a trek to the river and vineyard, saturday night cabaret. Why would you want to be anywhere else!
Every moment was joyful
…just to say what a wonderful time I had at Sharpham. I just love being there, and for me – every moment was joyful. Good company, wonderful singing/ song arrangements, fantastic environment. Thanks for making it happen.
Thank you SO very much for a L-O-V-E-R-L-E-Y singing weekend – you two worked so hard and enthusiastically for us and with us….. love and thanks to you both
I’m still smiling!
I’m still smiling! Thank you both for such a delightful weekend. It was great fun and the barbershop boys added that extra special dimension!
gert lush experience
So many things to thank you both for this weekend! We had such a wonderful time singing with lovely people in a great place- truly memorable.
Thanks again for a fantastic weekend, more fun than I dared hope it would be and excellent company.
Came away on a high
A big “thank you” to you and Nick for last weekend. What a fantastic venue /food/program/ and not least of all the company ! I think we all came away on a high, the songs were lovely…
What a fabulous experience!
What a fabulous experience! The house and acoustics were inspirational and completely delicious! Not to mention the food. Thanks to you and Nick for all the hard work, it’s great to sing with you both in such a relaxed and enabling way.
A nourishing bubble
Singing weekends with you two at Othona are always something special and I came away feeling as though I’d been in a nourishing bubble
Brilliant uplifting time
A brilliant uplifting time, so enjoyed it. I’m up for being ‘SIZZLED’ next year!
The price is £240 (£245 in 2020) all inclusive of:
- All meals (2 Breakfast, 2 Dinners, 2 Lunches)
- Trip to the river (weather depending)
Standard single rooms are NO EXTRA COST. However, if you would like to upgrade to a larger room (twin or double) on a single occupancy basis then there is a £40 surcharge.
To book a room please send a £40 non-refundable deposit. Contact me for details on where to send this.
Food and Diets
Sharpham House provides high-quality, seasonal, vegetarian food, sourced whenever possible from their kitchen garden and local food suppliers.
If you have any food allergies or intolerances then do tell me so I can let the kitchen know.
Sharpham make their own cheese and wine which are available throughout the weekend. There is also a local shop where you can buy some to take home with you.
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Arrivals are from 4pm on the Friday. First session starts at 6:45pm with a health and safety chat.
The last session finishes around 3pm on the Sunday.
Don't worry about being late, let me know and we can put some food aside for you and keep doors open so you can gain entry.
Do read the directions carefully if arriving in the dark
Totnes is the nearest station and is a 10 minute Taxi ride to Sharpham. One of the retreat attendees may be able to pick you up so let me know if you need me to ask.
Yes, alcohol is permitted at Sharpham and we have struck up a deal where they won't charge us a corkage for bringing our own. They do make their own wine so in order to keep the corkage-free deal I suggest we buy some of their wine at some point over the weekend. It is very nice wine!
Checkout of rooms is 10am on the Sunday and they request you remake your beds with fresh bedding (provided). We must vacate our rooms by 10:30 as there will be an incoming group after us.
They provide towels and all bedding so no need to bring these, but do bring house slippers.
We will be having a self-made cabaret on the Saturday night so if you have a party piece you would like to share then come prepared. If you need a guitar then don't forget to bring it along.
Anything goes, stories, songs, jokes, dance, whatever you would like to share.
There is a piano available and if you would like Nick to accompany you then please provide him with some sheet music beforehand.
There is no requirement to take part, you can just sit and watch.
We will be expected to share a few simple tasks such as washing up, setting and clearing tables etc. Be prepared to be assigned at least one task during your stay.
Washing up is quick as there is an industrial sanitiser machine that just needs loading/unloading.
There is a private open-air unheated swimming pool so if you fancy a dip then bring a cossie along (Summer only!)
We will also take a stroll down to the river Dart so bring some appropriate footwear.
Sunday lunch is included, though if you are planning on leaving before this then do let us know so we can tell the kitchen.