Writers Retreat

By popular demand our writers’ retreat returns for 2025.  Led by published author and Amazon Top 100 bestseller (UK, Australia and Canada) Anna Mansell.  With seven novels under her belt, and an eighth in the works,  Anna is always busy writing. As well as books, Anna writes plays and monologues that have been performed in Cornwall and further afield, writes for audio, and is an emerging screenwriter and alumnus of BBC Writersroom (Cornish Voices). As well as the original novel/memoir retreat, 2025 see’s Anna support extend to returning writers, those looking to spend more time writing with more detailed feedback, or for those looking for guidance before submitting a novel to agents and publishers.

What to Expect

Sunday 2nd Feb and running until Wednesday 5th Feb (lunchtime)

This break will consist of creative exercises, guided writing sessions and private 1:1 time to discuss your writing aims and objectives. Suitable for those who have an interest in developing their writing, or those who are just starting out, this retreat is intended to be joyful, inspiring, and a kick start to that writing project you’ve always wanted to tackle.

Wednesday 5th Feb (evening) – Saturday 8th Feb (lunchtime)

A deeper dive. More writing time, with deeper 1:1 sessions where Anna can critique the first 5-10k of a novel/memoir. Tutored sessions will explore synopsis writing, elevator pitches and generally getting ready to submit to agents and publishers.

Our Writer’s Retreat break includes a 4 course dinner each night, bed, breakfast plus tea and coffee breaks during the sessions.

Standard Room £495 for 3 nights

Signature Room £600 for 3 nights

Hotel with Hot Tub Cornwall | Budock Vean Hotel

Facilities for Everyone

When you’re not busy writing (or have a non-writing partner coming along with you) the hotel has a beautiful 9 hole, 18 tee parkland golf course, a stunning indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, tennis courts and subtropical gardens that lead down to the Helford River.


Local Attractions

What’s the local area like?

We’re situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; step outside the hotel for glorious walks and day trips.  There’s a plethora of National Trust sites; beaches, woodland and properties a short drive away, or venture a little further to discover more about Cornwall’s mining heritage, visit beautiful fishing coves or have a coffee at England’s most southerly spot at The Lizard.

With so much to see, do and enjoy, you’re going to need a bigger postcard!