What to expect

From the moment you arrive at Royal Retreat Holidays, we want you to make yourself at home. So you’ll find a hamper of chocolates, snacks and wine waiting for you on arrival. The exquisite properties really are somewhere special to relax and re-group. We hope you come and stay soon.

Check-in times and access

Arrival time is from 4.00pm and check-out is by 11.00am. It is self-check-in, there’s a key safe box to access on arrival.

Parking and EV Charging

There is ample private, off-road parking for up to six cars at Birnam Retreat and three cars at the The Olive Grove. There is also an EV-Charging point at both properties.

Groceries and supplies

Royal Retreat is in the countryside, but it is just a short drive into Woodnesborough where you’ll find the local bakery, butcher, post office and grocery stores.

Group holidays and special occasions

The spacious, open-plan living and dining areas and large gardens with outdoor seating at both holiday cottages makes Royal Retreat perfect for group holidays. It might be for a summer holiday with the extended family or a weekend away with friends.

If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, the neighbouring properties combined (The Ultimate Royal Retreat) sleep up to 20 guests. We can recommend caterers if required, please get in touch.

Pool spas with hot tubs

Both holiday properties have their own private pool spa (a pool with swim jets) with hot tubs. You can choose your temperature (up to 40°C) and spend time in them all year round. Nb. Parents are advised that hot tubs are not suitable for children under the age of 4 years old. And please ensure children are supervised at all times when they are in the pool. Pool spa and hot tub rules.

External commercial circulation pumps, sand filtration systems and chlorinators are installed in each one which ensures that the pools are sanitised and cleaned to the highest standard. In addition, the pools are checked by a professional independent pool management company during every changeover.

Children welcome

There are high chairs and travel cots available at both holiday cottages, one at The Olive Grove and two at Birnam Retreat. Each property also has a large, enclosed garden with children’s play equipment. So there’s plenty of opportunity for little ones to run and play safely whilst you’re at the holiday cottage. With lots of beaches and family-fun days out nearby too, little ones just love it here.

Gardens and grounds

Enjoy al fresco dining and spending time outside in the large gardens at either holiday cottage. They both have a BBQ, sun terrace and outdoor seating and well as lawned areas and wonderful countryside views.

No pets

Please note that we do not accept pets at either Birnam Retreat or The Olive Grove. However, assistance dogs are always welcome.

What’s Provided

  • Luxury toiletries
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric induction hob
  • Electric oven
  • Fridge freezer
  • Coffee machine
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Pots, pans, cutlery, crockery, glassware and utensils
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • WiFi
  • Dedicated workspace
  • Smart TVs
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryers
  • Central heating
  • Highest quality Egyptian cotton bedding and towels
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Room darkening blinds
  • Iron, Clothes drying rack
  • Highchairs & travel cots


Both Birnam Retreat and The Olive Grove and their gardens are suitable for wheelchair users and mobility impaired visitors. They are ground floor properties, with wide doorways and the tiled floors are all level and unobstructed throughout.

For more detailed information, please see our Accessibility Guides: