a million miles but 40 minutes from London

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Honeymoon at Danaloka! Feb 2016 - Mrs & Mrs X

My wife and I were lucky enough to spend the first few days of our married life enjoying the peace and solitude of Danaloka. After the busyness of wedding preparations and the excitement of the big day it was fantastic to go to place where we could really relax.  Waking to the sound of bird song and woodpeckers rather than the wailing sirens and traffic noise of our London home was a real treat. The ancient woodland that starts from the bottom of the cabin's garden and extends for miles provided superb picnic spots with views of the deer that roam freely. 

Although February is cold the wood burning stove in the cabin kept us toasty warm whilst we made ourselves cosy on the sofa and enjoyed the cabin's library.  We are planning to return next year to celebrate our first anniversary. Best wishes, the Leverets. X x

How cool is that! Peter

Here's some more of the recent feedback.

'What can i say? like a week spent in a ryokan poem. the simple and beautiful life in a cabin by the woods, delightfully alone, within an hour's travel from london - it really does feel like a world away. It was my first solitary retreat, and i loved it. Waking up on my first morning to make coffee and watch a whole herd of deer in the garden, who kept me company in the woods all week. The birds. cooking and eating simple tasty food, and gazing into the woods at the vivid autumn colours, in the trees and coating the forest floor. something about the positive atmosphere of the cabin, with it's shrine in the centre of the room, did wonders for my meditation practice- but I wish i'd spent more time on the sofa, next to the fire, watching those trees and dreaming...
Practicals: it was a godsend to be taken to the cabin and back via lifts from the charming srivati and peter, as i don't have my own car - and door to door, it was an hour! Once there, i was greeted by a friendly note from the previous guest, who left me chocolate and feta cheese as a gift for my stay. Also they left the cabin clean, tidy and comfortable, which was lovely to 'recieve', and encouraged me to also leave it as i found it for the next guest. i do like the feeling of a shared resource rather than a soulless holiday let... the cabin is far enough away from everything that i didn't see a soul for the five days i was there, but it's close enough to various neighbours that if i'd had an emergency, help is 5 minutes walk away. It's cosy and easy heatable by the gas fire or (my favourite) the wood burning stove, and the full kitchen means everything you need, apart from food and linen, is already there. The only thing i didn't like was having to leave!'

Deer at Danaloka Solitary cabinI am delighted to report that the first stage is done the tool shed has been relocated and foundations are nearly complete...watch this space!


We now have some rough sketches of what the new extension to the cabin might look like! It includes a meditation room with a beautiful view over the woods, another bedroom, new bathroom and refurbished kitchen! Sincere thanks to Lorna for her input!

Since 2002 Danaloka has been a shared resource available for individual retreats and couples or small groups needing to find some space and simplicity. The cabin is warm, comfortable and well equipped, with mains electricity and running hot water! (After 10 years of walking 100 yards to fetch water it still seems like a luxury!)

There is a log burner and other heating and with very good windows and insulation it keeps the cabin snug and warm in the colder months but to get an idea of what it's like to stay there have a look at the Feedback comments by clicking above.

Last summer the cabin was redecorated, relieved of much clutter and superflous stuff and the outside cleared of a lorry load of toot! That and more recent efforts have really seen it coming along nicely.

It's hard to believe this place is inside the M25 especially when wild deer wander freely and walk almost past the cabin on a daily basis. 200 acres of protected ancient broadleaf woodland, streams and pasture and having very few people around, have helped to make this a haven for wildlife. Helped by the avoidance of anything remotely likely to cause disturbance as well, of course!

The cabin really is set in a magical spot, 1.6 miles from the main road and at the end of a private and gated track. It's not the Highlands or North Wales but, as a compromise between travel time and seclusion, it's earned a good reputation.




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