The Grade II listed house was built in 1890 and offers peaceful, welcoming accommodation which we make available for individuals and small groups for times of rest, renewal and inspiration.
With the peaceful ambience and wholesome vegan/vegetarian food, New Place can offer a perfect setting for aiding recovery of health and an opportunity to give yourself space and to nourish your spirit.
The house lends itself to hosting individual or group retreats.
There are also self-catering facilities.
History of the House
The house was built for Sir Charles Heley Chadwyck Healey who had a distinguished career at the Chancery, He was also Deputy Lieutenant and Chairman of Quarter Sessions in Somerset and Chancellor of the Dioceses of Salisbury Exeter and Bath and Wells.
He held the office of High Sheriff of Somerset in 1911 - became a commander of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and during the first world war he fitted out and commanded the hospital ship Queen Alexandra to convey wounded personnel from France. He owned a yacht which was often seen in Porlock Bay.
Sir Charles had a great knowledge of the history and antiquaries of this part of the county and wrote a book on the history of the area.
The house was requisitioned between 1941 and 1949 by the City of Bristol as a 'home school.
In 1989 it was purchased by William and Vera Elmhirst to use for spiritual purposes. WIlliam died last year. He was the only son of Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst of Dartington Hall in Devon. He lived at the Hall during the early years of his life and was a Trustee there for many of those years.
He moved into acting and studying esoteric teaching and then met Vera. Together they were guided to create their own strand of esoteric teaching - The Solar Quest - which they nurtured for many years. During this time they produced books which are available from The Solar Quest - the only way.
There are slso some filmed archives with William speaking about his understandings of the work of which they felf blessed to be a part. These are available from newplace-exmoor.com
the work continues........
Exmoor National Park offers a wealth of walks - on moors, on coastal paths, alongside tumbling streams and through woods. Many of these can be accessed from here without the use of your car. We can supply maps and information on a variety of destinations.
Evening Meals are available by arrangement. Our focus is on providing meals with health in mind and we serve vegetarian/vegan wholefood meals using mostly organic produce, including vegetables and fruit from our garden when available.
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