The Barn Facilities

The Barn Retreat is a large stone Linhay barn converted into accommodation and facilities. It was originanally set up in 1986 by Maurice Ash with the aim of allowing people to spend time on retreat and experience a sustainable way of living. Over time the facilities have been improved and the pattern of retreats refined.


Barn Bedroom

Barn Bedrooms

The Barn has 11 single bedrooms for participants to stay in. 

All rates include all meals, bedding and towels. All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with a shared bathroom.

All rooms are randomly allocated, unless you have medical needs relating to your room allocation. If you have such a need, let us know on your booking form before the retreat begins. 

Barn Bathroom


There are four bathrooms and 5 toilets. 

Barn Dining Room

Kitchen & Dining Room

The Barn has its own kitchen in which participants prepare meals and an adjacent dining room. These are located on the second floor upstairs.

Barn Library

Barn Library

There is a well stocked library on the second floor.

Sharpham Retreats Women

Meditation Room

On the ground floor is a separate meditation room in which 14 people can sit in a circle.

The Barn Gardens

The Gardens

The barn has lawns in front and behind the building, woodland and a productive garden that retreatants can help maintain.

Burials at Sharpham Trust

Natural Burial Ground

Above the gardens participants can walk uphill to the Natural Burial Ground which has stunning views across the River Dart.

Sharpham State
Sharpham Trust

Cycling & Walking

Below the Barn there is access down to the cycling and walking route which runs from Sharpham House to Totnes.

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Participants on retreat are able to use the unheated open air swimming pool in the walled garden from May to September. The pool is open most weekdays (and occasionally on weekends) from 9am – 4:30pm.