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Neem’s Favourite British Boltholes – a selection of unique destinations for some well earned escapism

Neem’s Favourite British Boltholes – a selection of unique destinations for some well earned escapism


We love Fforset, a farm nestled between the river Teifi gorge and marshes in Wales. At Fforest, they do things that are right in every way, even though it may not be the easiest route. Whether this is sourcing reclaimed wood from an old building to re-purpose into tables for their upcoming hotel or sourcing all dinner vegetables from the garden, 200m from the kitchen.

The core of Fforest is to celebrate how good ‘simple’ can look and combine the life-enhancing feeling of the outdoors with a luxurious and magical setting.

magical place

Fforest is inspired by the beauty of the great outdoors focussing on minimum consumption and minimum means. As a brand they take great care and consideration their impact has on the environment. The spirit of ‘community’ is entwined in everything they do – guests are encouraged to learn during their stay as well as relax and enjoy.

Charming environment

James and Sian begin their story in Shoreditch, central figures in the creative hub during the late 1908s and early 90s. Slowly as the city boys moved in, there was a shift in energy and the two decided to make the move move to New Zealand where they realised everything they needed was actually back in Sian’s hometown in West Wales. The idea was to create something new, focussed around the ‘simple’ and follow a new dream underpinned by all the design and creative skills Sian and James had learned over the years.

Fforest is a magical place that inspires. Accommodation is spread over three sites with various levels of comfort and charm.  


Neem are excited to announce that we will be dressing Fforest’s new hotel team and we can’t wait. The hotel in Aberteifi opens net year, housed in two historic warehouses. The hotel will be designed to celebrate the town’s maritime heritage, balancing contemporary design, excellent service, comfort and style with the qualities of the heritage buildings.


Check out founder James and his son Jackson’s interviews on the Neemsayers page on the Neem website for more insight in the world of FForest.

We can safely say, once you have stayed at Fforest you will never want to leave.


West Lexham in Norfolk, is the ultimate holistic retreat, owned by friend and Neemsayer Edmund Colville. The setting is gorgeous, an idyllic river valley, replete with ancient trees and abundant wildlife. The site is almost entirely powered by renewables - a sustainable paradise.

This is much more to West Lexham than the beautiful style and luxury but a vision of living and learning together, a family home opened up as a place for contemplation

Here at Neem we share their values of a community, and support other ‘change makers’ with ambitious dreams of a better life on our planet.

There is a veritable banquet of inspiring options across the 21 acre estate; a stay in a peaceful tree house, a lakeside bell tent or a quirky cabin.  

This is a perfect eco-friendly paradise, for a back to nature, family adventure or a magical couples escape.

We love everything about West Lexham - check out an interview with Edmund in our Neem Notes.


Nestled in the Holkham Estate, Norfolk, The Victoria Inn is a smarter and more regal retreat (one to impress the in-laws or the new love in your life).

We are huge supporters of The Victoria Inn, not just for the fantastic food and charming bedrooms, but for their ecological commitments. The Inn holds a gold award for green tourism, an outstanding commitment to reduce their impact on the environment. Nearly all food products are sourced from the Holkham estate, and they have implemented biomass heating; a boiler installed for both the main hotel and ancient house, fuelled exclusively from estate wood chip.

We suggest a gorgeous stay in one of their bedrooms and a rather local and decadent meal at the Inn (try the local partridge).





















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