Glass House Retreat | Wellbeing Escapes

Glass House Retreat

Bulphan, Essex, United Kingdom

Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat
Glass House Retreat


Glass House Retreat is the UK’s first purpose-built detox and wellness eco-friendly retreat. Built from scratch, it’s located among seven acres of lush Essex countryside and it's only 30 minutes from London so ideal for a quick getaway from city life.  It exists to help you live a healthier, fitter and a more relaxed life.  Come here to expect a mix of top fitness facilities and classes, spa treatments and healthy plant-based nutrition. As it's a small retreat, there is a really friendly atmosphere and it's great for solo travellers looking to be with like-minded people. 

Glass House retreat is also strictly caffeine free. 

When to go


What we love

  • The building itself is an eco-friendly build with solar panels, a ground source heat pump and rain water recycling technology 
  • The delicious plant-based meals created by head chef Miguel and his team – expect exciting, nutritious and calorie-controlled meals 
  • If you want to avoid all technology, there are digital detox safes available to lock your phone away!

Who should go

  • If you want to detox or lose some weight, the retreat is highly motivating and you'll be guided by the expert team
  • Solo travellers who would like to be in a fun and motivating group environment 
  • Those wanting to escape the city to the beautiful countryside.  


  • Special offer:
  • Stay 4 nights / pay for 3, valid for retreats in June 
  • 1 FREE Cryotherapy or Dermalux face treatment (30 minutes) per person
  • Repeat client discount - 15% discount if you book 60 days from your departure day (min 2 nights retreat)
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Detox to Purify Retreat 4 Nights Retreat

In the modern world, we fuel ourselves with caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and convenience food. Any quick fix to help us through our days and nights. This leaves us feeling anxious, foggy headed, and tired. Detoxing at the Glass House will give your body a refreshing reprieve. Depending on your body needs chose between super healthy plant based food or juice detox diet.
per person

Love My Body Retreat 4 Nights Retreat

How you feel about your body is a personal journey and we are often our own worst critics. With our supportive environment, heathy plant based food, inclusive fitness classes and state-of-the art, results-driven treatments, you can find body confidence. Getting in shape is all about diet and exercise. Here at the Glass House Retreat we have the trainers, facilities, and detox plans to help you accelerate to where you want to be.
per person

Classic Retreat 4 Nights Retreat

This classic stay give you all Glasshouse Retreat has to offer! Participate in any group fitness, yoga and mindfulness classes you wish, tuck into delicious plant based food, opt for a juicing to detoxify your body or go for weight loss menu if you need to lose a couple of inches. Lifecube (cryochamber) session will support your wellbeing journey and spa credit voucher will allow you to build a perfect stay for you!
per person

My Mindful Life Retreat 4 Nights Retreat

Totally let go, learn to find calm, allow your body what it needs. Gift yourself a positive lifestyle change. Relax with our blissful Elemis spa treatments. Rebuild with our diverse fitness classes. Replenish with our expert vegan nutrition.
per person


Wellness is integrated into everything at this retreat. The philosophy here is to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. You can experience Cryotherapy here which is a ground breaking treatment which soothes muscular injuries, aids weight-loss and improves overall wellness.   Apart from getting treatments you can join Glasshouse's group fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, different cardio training or morning walks. There is something for everyone. 

Facilities include heated swimming pool, fitness studio, fully equipped gym, salt block sauna, relaxation lounge, 8 treatment rooms, a cryo chamber.  In summer 2021 Glasshouse introduced new outdoor facilities especially designed for wellness programmes including natural swimming pond, warming Finnish sauna and wellness dome which hosts talks or midday mindfulness classes. Team also runs bootcamp style classes outdoors. 

Glasshouse is offering short or long (from 2 to 21 nights). You can book 4 nights retreat directly on our website but if 4 nights does not suit you please call us for longer or shorter stay and we will arrange this for you *. 

Each retreat includes a cryotherapy session and a spa credit (value depends on your length of stay) to use as per your liking so you can build a retreat that is perfect for you! 

A typical day at the retreat might look like this:

*07:00 Rise and shine

*07:30 Hot water and fresh lemon

*07:45 Hour-long countryside walk

*09:00 Breakfast

*10:00 Morning Mindfulness

*10:30 Strength / Flexibility Class

*11:30 Cardio / Flexibility Class

*12:15 Aqua / Dance Class

*13:00 Lunch

*14:00 Meridian Mindfulness

*14:20 Crafts

*14:30 Cardio Class

*15:15 Core Class / Aqua Class

*16:00 Food Demo

*16:15 Flexibility Class

*17:15 Workshop

*18:00 – Q&A

*19:00 Dinner

*20:00 Restorative entertainment

* Please note that hotel is closed from 24 December to 4 January *

Example treatments at Glass House Retreat
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Hydrotherm massage 
  • Swedish massage  
  • Lime and ginger salt scrub  
  • Detox wrap 
  • Anti-Blemish mattify and calm facial  


Activities available at resort
  • Countryside walk 
  • Plant-based demonstration  
  • Relax in the communal lounge which has comfy seats and a flat screen TV – it’s the perfect place to relax at the end of the day  

Activities available at the surrounding area
  • Explore the beautiful surrounding countryside 

Typical Group Classes

  • HIIT
  • Box Fit
  • Pad Work
  • Circuits
  • Weights
  • Conditioning
  • Core
  • Core Sliders
  • Yoga (Varying Styles)
  • Aerial Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Barre
  • Dance
  • Aqua
  • Mindfulness
  • Workshops
  • Restorative Classes such as Sound Baths & Meditation

Sample Weekly Class Schedule

Please note - Classes are subject to change and seasonal adjustments


There are 21 rooms in total including 10 premier and 10 superior rooms. There are also a few disabled access rooms. They are comfortable and modern and many have countryside views. Difference between Premier and Superior room is the size - premiers are bigger - and most premier rooms have bathtub, superior rooms have showers only. 

There is also one room type - Superior Restrictive view room - which is similar to Superior room but has frosted windows. This room offers the best value but get's get booked up well in advance. Please contact us for availability. 

There is complimentary wi-fi available but if you want to avoid your phone, there are digital detox safes available to help you fully re-charge. 

Superior Room

The Superior Rooms are 26 m2 and can accommodate up to 2 people.  

They have either a double bed or two double beds.   

They have a private shower room. 

Facilities include smart 49-inch flat screen TV, herbal teas, vegan and eco-friendly toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.  

Premier Room

The Premier room is 35 sqm and can accommodate up to 2 people. 

They have either a double bed or two double beds.   

They have a private en-suite with a bath and overhead shower or walk-in shower.  

Facilities include smart 49-inch flat screen TV, herbal teas, vegan and eco-friendly toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.  

What’s on the menu

Overseen by Miguel Gouveia, a plant-based pioneer who has been passionate about food since his childhood having grown up on the Atlantic island of Madeira. He’s at the forefront of a healthy living revolution and the meals really reflect this. The Glass House offers a pure detox and weight-loss experience. You can expect fresh and seasonal produce including fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. The food is local and delivered daily so you can expect high quality. The low-cholesterol plant-based diets help to balance nutrition, aid digestion and are great for your heart. Everything is natural and clean. You will dine in the communal dining area where you can catch up with your fellow guests. 
Communal Dining Area
Communal Dining Area
You can choose from weight loss menu (designed for slimming), pure juicing diet (juice for breakfast and lunch and plant based meal for dinner) or equilibrium diet (designed for bio-equilibrium if detox or weight loss is not your priority)


The Glass House Retreat is less than one hour from London and set among seven acres of lush Essex countryside in Bulphan. It’s rurally located so perfect if you want no distractions and want to immerse yourself in fresh country air.

By car

From the North: 

If you are coming to the Glass House Retreat from the North on the M25, get off at junction 29 to go on to the A127 towards Southend. Head to Bulphan turning right on to the A128 and taking the 3rd exit of the roundabout. Turn right on to Church Road leading on to Fen Lane. The retreat is on the corner of Harrow Road and Fen Lane on the left-hand side. 

From the South:  

If you are coming to the Glass House Retreat from the South or the centre of London get off at junction 31 of the M25 to go on to the A13 towards Southend or take the A13 out of central London. Head to Bulphan turning left on to the A128 at the roundabout. Turn left in the centre of Bulphan on to Church Road leading on to Fen Lane. The retreat is on Fen Lane on the corner of Harrow Road and Fen Lane on the left-hand side.  

Arriving by Train

The nearest train station is West Horndon. You can get a train from London Fenchurch Street Station directly to West Horndon and it takes approximately 30 minutes. There is a taxi rank at the station and from here it's a 5 minute drive to the retreat costing approximately £5. 

Families, Children & Infants

This retreat is adults only. Minimum age is 18 years. 


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Why Wellbeing Escapes?

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Our team of wellness travel experts have visited the retreats themselves and include trained holistic therapists and yoga teachers. Their expertise in the wellness field and the retreats allow them to match you with the best retreat and programme for your individual needs.
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As the most established specialist wellbeing travel company we are able to provide excellent added value with our exclusive benefits including reduced prices for single travellers, free spa credits, complimentary transfers plus free nights and additional benefits for our repeat clients.
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With over 15 years of experience, we have come to understand what our clients need from a wellbeing holiday. We treat each client as an individual and provide a personalised concierge service organising all aspects of your stay from spa and treatment programmes, transfers and flights with an efficient and friendly approach. Our continuous awards for customer service speak for themselves.