What kind of writing retreat is it?

I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to produce great fiction. When you throw in a Tudor house (complete with an original priest hole!) set in 400 acres of Welsh countryside, workshops delivered by experienced and inspiring guests, and enough food and games to keep everyone happy, I have no doubt that we can work on some seriously good fiction together.

If you're the kind of person who loves the idea of an immersive and inspiring environment (think wood-panelled rooms, open fire places, and a private woodland) this is the writing retreat for you.

Broadly, the retreat is ideal for anyone working on horror, fantasy, thriller, and historical writing, although I have no doubts that the setting will provide inspiration for any form of fiction. The nature of the house lends itself to authentic, engaging experiences and those delivering workshops have been chosen because of their achievements within their respective genres. If you're looking to learn how to add tension and suspense to your writing and would welcome the opportunity for serious, focussed time to work in a stunning location, this is the retreat for you.

What can I expect?

Workshops run by industry experts covering a range of writing and publishing technique

  • One-to-one critiques with an editor

  • Ghost stories by candle light

  • A local nature walk (the immediate area is breathtakingly beautiful)

  • Lots of time to get down to writing in a unique location

What if I don’t want to stay over?

That’s fine! We’ve got a number of day tickets available for those who wish to join us for the day. For an extra £5, you’re welcome to stay for dinner. We will have parking available on site.

What's the accommodation like?

Treowen House is a Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house, and has been preserved with as many original features as possible, including many large inglenook fireplaces, a butler’s pantry and an accessible priest hole. It has twelve bedrooms and five reception rooms, giving us lots of space to offer a variety of activities and writing spaces.

As this is a historic house, there are not all the facilities of a hotel. For instance, there are not en suites, but there is a bathroom on each floor. Rooms are also not fitted with locks.

Click here to see a floor plan of the house. 

The retreat will be fully catered for three meals a day and all dietary requirements can be met. Guests are welcome to also bring their own snacks. There are not drink-making facilities in the room, but guests will have access to the kitchen.

What will I eat?

The house is not accessible for wheelchairs and there are no bedrooms on the ground floor. 

Is the house accessible? 

We will have the run of the whole house during the retreat, so the aim is to keep a 'quiet' room with tables and chairs for silent writing, as well as a social room for writing in a chattier atmosphere, or playing games, and networking. There will also be a space for our workshops and one-to-one sessions for critique and editing with myself.

What if I need quiet to work?

Not at all! We think that many different authors will benefit from a weekend at Treowen, including historical, horror, thriller and fantasy writers - but any writer is welcome to come and soak up the atmosphere. Most of our workshops will not be genre focused.

Is the Haunt just for horror writers?