4 Days Middle Piccadilly Culinary Retreat & Spa in UK

  • Middle Piccadilly, Holwell, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5LW, United Kingdom

4 Days Middle Piccadilly Culinary Retreat & Spa in UK

  • Middle Piccadilly, Holwell, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5LW, United Kingdom

Organic Cooking Holidays UK

Make a positive change in your life by joining this uniquely tailored retreat with vegetarian, raw food, and detox options hosted by Middle Piccadilly. Learn how to prepare some great vegetarian main meals and desserts. Pamper yourself by having gentle treatments that will leave you feeling empowered and re-energized after. A combination of the peaceful restorative environment, the outstanding freshly prepared food, and the exceptionally gifted therapists whose expertise and intuitive abilities ensure that you will receive exactly what you need from your stay.


  • Vegetarian and organic cuisine
  • Detoxifying green tea body wrap
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with Chef Dominic Harvey
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Relaxing therapeutic massage
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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The centre has five guest bedrooms - one double, one double/twin-bedded, one double en-suite with free view and Wi-Fi, three single with Wi-Fi, all are tastefully decorated in a contemporary cottage style stocked with Damana organic bathroom products and cotton bed linen and thick fluffy towels. Each room also has a hair dryer and tea making facilities.


  • Apricot (double/twin): Decorated in warm earthy colors and feel with a king size bed or two single beds.
  • Bluebell (double room): Decorated with blues and white giving a bright and clean feel, lovely double four poster bed with silk canopy.
  • En-Suite (double): Modern style with our themed colors of sun dust walls, deep red runners and crisp satin stripe linen. The en-Suite has Wi-Fi, free view TV, toilet, wash basin, and shower.
  • Lotus (single): Modern classic style with our themed colors of sun dust walls and French style drapes and decor. The Lotus is a single room that has double doors that open onto the front garden. Wi-Fi available in this room.
  • Rose (single): Modern style with our themed colors of deep beige walls, deep red runners and crisp satin stripe linen. The Rose room is a very cozy and warm single room. Wi-Fi available in this room.

Vegetarian workshop

During the retreat, owner and resident chef, Dominic Harvey will teach you how to prepare some of his signature vegetarian meals, including mains and desserts, in two 2-hour culinary workshops over the course of three days. This is one food experience you will not want to forget! When you are done with all the cooking, enjoy a detoxifying green tea body wrap and a relaxing therapeutic massage.

Green tea wrap

The young green tea leaves are recognized for their slimming and detoxifying properties while draining toxins out of the body. We recommend as a slimming treatment for its progressively heating effect and its natural effervescence create a feeling of well-being and relieve stress. Fresh and detoxifying wrap formulated with numerous health enhancing components and antioxidants, such as flavonoids and vitamin C and E.

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is a deep tissue massage that is an excellent tension releaser, through firm and even strokes over the whole body all those areas of tension and stress are eased. This treatment leaves you relaxed and feeling calm. All the major muscles are addressed, focusing and relieving specific points of tension. Full body massage.

Middle Piccadilly nestles in the heart of the Dorset countryside in a stunning rural location but is easily accessible by road or rail. The nearest station, 4 miles away in Sherborn has a direct link to London Waterloo and Exeter and all routes west. Middle Piccadilly is composed of a charming 17th century thatched farmhouse surrounded by courtyard buildings converted into contemporary cottage accommodation, all set within 2 acres of lush grounds.

  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dietary options

Fresh fruit, vegetables and legumes form the basis of all our recipes whether you have opted for the vegetarian diet, the cleanse diet or the raw food diet and the recipes are designed to complement and enhance your stay at the retreat. We want the food to contribute positively to your overall Middle Piccadilly experience.


For an effective way to lose weight, cleanse your system and make a fresh start on all levels then choose to detox with our mouthwatering fruit and vegetable juices. Cleansing with the support of a specific combination of treatments is an effective and powerful way of healing not only the body but the mind and spirit too.


The food we serve is an integral part of any stay, we have designed balanced vegetarian menus to support and enhance from an organic and holistic perspective. Dominic's recipes are renowned and well loved by regular guests at the Retreat, his recipes are testament to his considerable skill at creating unique and unforgettable vegetarian dishes.

Raw food

This potentially life-changing diet will surprise and excite you. The raw food lifestyle embraces pure, fresh and vibrant ingredients which are organic, enzyme-rich and nutritionally vital. The health benefits are well documented and include feeling fitter, younger, natural weight loss, improved skin quality and increased energy levels.

Holistic treatments

An inspiring list of transformative, potentially life changing and empowering holistic treatments to enable you to facilitate the healing changes you need to achieve during your stay. The holistic approach means that each person is treated as a unique individual, so a schedule of specific treatments is carefully considered in consultation between you and one of the therapists shortly after arrival.

Talented therapists

We are fortunate to have a very talented team of holistic therapists at the retreat, all the therapists at some point in time have had or still have their own practices, and consequently we think you will enjoy the exceptional quality of the treatments that you will receive from them.

Extra treatments

  • Chocolate Wrap (60 GBP): The Chocolate self-heating Herbal Pack is formulated with cocoa beans which contain theobromine (similar substance to caffeine) which can have a stimulating effect on the body as well as being for their relaxing & nourishing properties. Rich in active ingredients it is an ideal Thalassotherapy treatment and creates a genuine feeling of wellbeing, relieving both stress and body aches.
  • Colonic Hydrotherapy (85 GBP): Colonic Hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the colon to help cleanse it of old faecal matter, gas, mucous and parasites. The benefits are numerous, as well as hydrating the whole body's waste system and stimulating the bowel, the aesthetic benefits include a natural skin boost, increased vitality and the reduction of conditions such as cellulite. Must be booked in advance as we transport you to the clinic which is offsite.
  • Detox Mud Wrap (50 GBP): A mud body wrap which consists of hundreds of Herbs, Plants, Minerals and Organic Substances, to soothe and calm, rebalance and stimulate circulation. In addition it helps to prevent premature ageing and improve skin tone, texture and elasticity, its a luxurious skin moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types.
  • Exfoliating Body Scrub (50 GBP): A Body Exfoliation treatment using a cream of olive stone granules, kaolin, ginger, lime, mandarin and lemon which is applied thinly to the skin and allowed to dry, followed by a body brush to remove the dead skin cells. This treatment stimulates the superficial lymph thus eliminating toxins from the skin. You will feel stimulated and refreshed.
  • Green Tea Wrap (60 GBP): The young green tea leaves are recognized for their slimming & detoxifying properties while draining toxins out of the body. We recommend as a slimming treatment for its progressively heating effect and its natural effervescence create a feeling of well-being and relieve stress. Fresh and detoxifying wrap formulated with numerous health enhancing components and antioxidants, such as flavonoids and vitamin C and E.
  • Holistic Massage (75 GBP): Holistic Massage blends a wide variety of bodywork techniques tailored to each individuals needs. Focus on the breath, visualization and energy holds are combined with traditional Swedish Massage and Deep Tissue Massage in order to restore homeostasis within the body. A deep and relaxing full body treatment.
  • Indian Head Massage (60 GBP): The great de-stresser! A massage of the shoulders, neck and scalp. It can relieve stress and tension in these areas and often relax the whole body. It can help improve general well-being, boost the immune system, improve sleep patterns and relieve headaches.
  • LaStone Therapy (75 GBP): LaStone Therapy is performed with black river stones heated in water and strategically placed along the body. Each heated stone brings oxygenated blood rapidly to the muscles beneath it. The massage aids circulation and with the additional effect of heat 'pulling' blood into the tissues helps repair chronic and acute pain and tension.
  • Metamorphic Technique (70 GBP): The Metamorphic Technique can trigger a person's own life force to release patterns that no longer serve them. The practitioner acts only as a catalyst to this and places a light touch on the spinal reflex points of the feet, hands and head. Our reaction to our experiences in the womb during gestation, at birth and as we group, create habits and patterns that become established and which limit and restrict us in life. The patterns may be emotional, mental or physical such as the way we personally respond to stress, as a simple example.
  • Organic Facials (from 40 GBP): Skin analysis and advanced treatments for the face using natural organic products and organic fruit masks. This facial helps to relax, firm and lift the face.
  • Reiki (65 GBP): Reiki is a Japanese name meaning Universal Life Force. Reiki brings harmony and peace, balances your emotions and accelerates healing for the mind, body and soul.
  • Reflexology (65 GBP): Reflexology improves nerve and blood supply and helps to restore and homeostasis (equilibrium). Only the hands are used to give treatment making it a safe, simple and effective method. The treatment is helpful in a wide range of complaints such as - migraine, back pain, kidney disorders, menstrual problems and heart and circulatory conditions.
  • Shamanic Healing (80 GBP): Shamanic Healers are conductors of healing energy or energy from the spiritual realm. Calling upon spiritual "helpers" such as power animals, angels, and inner teachers, the client's higher self or other spiritual forces. Shamanic Healing is used as treatment for a range of emotional and physical illnesses.
  • SpaRitual Hand and Foot (35 GBP): Hand and Foot treatments from SpaRitual who are committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. They use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wild crafted or organic.
  • Spiezia Hand on Heart (75 GBP): This treatment centers the mind with the body, sharpening awareness of the feelings and sensations stimulated during the slow rhythmic massaging of both hands and feet, enlivening the energy flow on the body. These massages are orientated towards a number of sensitive and powerful pressure points, which stimulate energy interactions throughout the body, releasing mental and emotional blockages. The treatment culminates in gently rebalancing the chakras.
  • Therapeutic Massage (75 GBP): Therapeutic Massage is a deep tissue massage that is an excellent tension releaser, through firm and even strokes over the whole body all those areas of tension and stress are eased. This treatment leaves you relaxed and feeling calm. All the major muscles are addressed, focusing and relieving specific points of tension. Full body massage.
  • Thermoauricular Therapy (60 GBP): The treatment combines the use of Hopi Ear Candles which are lit and gently placed in the ears, starting with the left ear then the right, this is followed with a sinus massage on the face, finishing with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage. A gentle natural treatment for problems related to the ears and head.

Driving directions

  • By road the center is situated about 11 miles from the A303 - heading east this connects with the M3, heading west connects with the M5 and Exeter.

Arrival by taxi

  • There is a local taxi companies that regularly bring guests to the center: Beaver Cabs (+44 01935 816620).
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "I love this place. Nothing is too much trouble, its so relaxing. I needed to go to the doctors during the trip and had arrived by train so didn't have a car and Dominic took me there without hesitation. I did the detox with vegetables in the evening. Came back feeling fab. There is always such interesting people staying there and I love sitting around the kitchen table at meal times chatting and then having time on my own. Wonderful!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "This was my first visit to Middle Piccadilly (more to follow I'm sure!) and found it easily. I was welcomed by Dominic at Reception who gave me a quick tour of facilities and then showed me to my room. I had the double shown in the photos above, which was in an out-building, along with my own bathroom and sitting room. Both my bedroom and sitting room's were fully stocked with a selection of teas and coffee. Everything was immaculate and in-keeping with the rustic country building. There is a small sitting room in another building with a computer and WiFi. Also, a remarkable "Star Building" which is a fantastic hexagonal wooden structure in the grounds which you are free to use for yoga, meditation or just being peaceful and calm. It was lovely and toasty warm and I enjoyed spending time there. I chose the "Live Smart Live Clean" package, which included an amazing Shamanic Healing session with Eliana (Dominic's mother) who is a remarkable octogenarian who was such an inspiration to me! As fit as a fiddle and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about healing. It truly was an honor to meet her. I felt quite different after my healing session and was even startled when looking in the mirror as I'm sure I even looked different too! The package also included a Therapeutic Massage, "Hands on Heart" therapy (type of hand and foot massage) and a Mud-Wrap, both delivered by Claire, who was so warm and kind, and also very well skilled at her role. She also pitched-in and provided housekeeping duties too, so she was already familiar to me and really gave a good family feel to the place. I also made use of the Sauna & Japanese bath sessions, which were so relaxing. The four-night package was based around 2 days of juices, 1 day of raw food, and 1 day of vegetarian food. Dominic explained clearly where everything was and I could wander into the kitchen at my own pace and find the food ready for me. The juices were well balanced and differed at each meal. It was the raw food that proved such an amazing revelation to me! I could not believe how delicious it was, I had a nut burger served with a tomato salsa and guacamole, along with a hearty side-salad. Every part of the meal was perfection in delivery and taste. I was even introduced to dehydrated food with a dehydrated half-cherry-tomato with basil leaf and piece of garlic, all dried and shrunk down to the more delicious morsel of food! I've already ordered a new blender for juices/smoothies, but am now also looking out for a dehydrator too! The vegetarian food was also excellent and well prepared - even managed-during a brief power-cut without fluster or problem. It's very much a hands-off approach there, so they will leave you in peace. However, being very curious I kept pestering Dominic with lots of questions and he would always given plenty of great detail and information. I felt very comfortable in everybody's company. I'm now back home feeling like I've had a wonderful break from normal life and have been able to truly relax. I couldn't recommend it more!"

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  • Review by Dawn S from United Kingdom

    "I recently made my third visit to Middle Piccadilly. I love the quiet, peaceful location; it is situated deep in the countryside, yet it is conveniently only a short taxi ride from Sherborne town. It feels like a home from home and it felt like that the first time I stayed. It is cosy and relaxing. There is no standing to attention and it is not a place for fluffy white bathrobes in the typical 'spa' sense. I like it because it is laid back and I can have plenty of undisturbed time to unwind. There is however a good range of treatments to have. If you're curious and have an open mind then it is a good place to try out the more unusual but powerful treatments such as shamanic healing.All the meals are taken in the wonderful farmhouse kitchen, along with other guests, and the food is delicious and hearty. I stayed in the en-suite room (it is a shame there is only one en-suite) which was lovely and warm with a very comfortable bed."

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  • Review by Amanda Gates from United Kingdom

    "Wow! What an incredible experience! And just at the perfect time for me! Thank you and definitely I will see you soon."

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  • Review by Carol from United Kingdom

    "A big thank you to everyone who has helped me turn my life around. I will be back!"

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  • Review by Susan from United Kingdom

    "I arrived stressed and exhausted, and departed feeling fully restored and inspired. I cant imagine where else that turnaround would be possible."

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  • Review by Michelle from United Kingdom

    "More traditional retreat than spa, this is a beautiful place where you can escape from reality for a while. The location is very peaceful with minimal mobile phone reception and the surroundings and alternative treatments on offer encourage reflection and contemplation more than superficial pampering. The rooms are basic but clean and very comfortable and the vegetarian menu is very good. I would highly recommend a visit here to revive the spirit and soul."

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  • Review by Caitlyn from United Kingdom

    "I love this place; I have been several times. Granted it is not an elaborate spa and that is what I like about it. It is very tranquil and very relaxed. There is no military schedule to stick to or to feel obliged to stick for fear you won't fit in with the rest of the group.This is a small, intimate retreat where people have the freedom to do a lot of nothing if they so choose. It feels like home to me. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the place has a rustic charm which is delightful. The treatments are sublime and the therapists are all wonderful.Dominic is an excellent cook and even managed to make the steamed vegetables that I subsisted on for a week taste like ambrosia. I look forward to being back soon."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "My friend and I stayed here for 2 nights in mid-January. It was wonderful, a great place to get away from it all, clear your mind and feel totally relaxed. The owners, Dominic and Lisa, and their family were really warm and welcoming.I had the pleasure of meeting Dominic's mother, she is such a stylish, friendly well-traveled lady who I could have talked to for hours. The food made by Dominic was absolutely delicious, I was concerned there may not be enough to satisfy my appetite but I was wrong there was enough.My single room was clean, comfortable, modern, and warm. The bathroom was just down the hall which was fine. The treatments rooms were clean, nice, warm, and comfortable. I had 3 treatments: an organic facial, full body massage, and a foot treatment. All of which were outstanding as were the therapists who made you feel totally at ease.We went for a lovely walk along the aptly named peaceful lane. I really cannot fault my experience at Middle Piccadilly, I could have done with 2 more nights there to be perfectly honest. If you want a modern spa with swimming pool, sauna, robes, TV, etc., then this will not be the place for you as it has none of the above.On the other hand, if you want to really get away from it all, get some country air, quiet time for introspection, great holistic treatments and good home cooked vegetarian food then look no further.En-suite bathrooms to all rooms would make this retreat even better!"

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  • Review by Rachel from United Kingdom

    "I visited Middle Piccadilly on my own for a week at the beginning of Feb 2014. I had a 4 day Emergence Retreat and a 3 day juice detox. I came away feeling wonderful, renewed in both my body, as well as my mind and spirit.The shamanic healing was a very personal experience and really interesting, and it was lovely getting to know Maya. It was exactly what I was looking for. I soon felt very settled at Middle Piccadilly. It has a lovely home to home feel about it, with all the delicious food, lovely staff and interaction with some of the other lovely guests.Everyone sat together around the kitchen table for meals, which in my opinion was a great touch. I had some really interesting conversations, really enjoyed the company and picked up many tips about food. I had quite a few treatments, which were amazing, the best I have had, and I have had a fair few.I love the fact that time and money is invested in providing guests the best treatments available and really focuses on the genuine wellbeing of a person, as opposed to larger spas, which adopt a one in one out type structure.You really are left to your own devices to rest and do as you please. I spent time sleeping, reading, knitting and walking, and no one bothers you unless you go looking for someone or until the dinner bell rings (a lovely sound).This is a really special and unique place created and run by one family and I will definitely return in the future. If you like nature, peaceful surroundings, good food, meeting new people, some time to yourself, then Middle Piccadilly is perfect for you."

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Dorset, United Kingdom

Middle Piccadilly is a holistic-approach healing center offering treatments, guest accommodation, freshly created vegetarian cuisine, and a peaceful ambiance.

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