Reading Retreat

About Us

Run by Cressida Downing and Sara Noël, Reading Retreats are a literary pampering delight.  

Cressida is a Literary Consultant and known in the industry as The Book Analyst ( She has over 20 years experience in publishing and bookselling. Cressida brings a wealth of knowledge of genres, authors and the perfect books to suit your tastes.  She would rather buy books than clothes and is a self-confessed reading addict.

Sara is a Professional Photographer ( and Cook, and is our House Manager.  She ensures you are completely looked after, producing delicious hot meals to sustain your reading, with tasty desserts, elevenses and afternoon tea along the way, even a late night snack tray if needed!  Sara will ensure your stay is relaxing and comfortable.  She loves nothing better than good food, great company and creating a beautiful environment.

Sara Noël and Cressida Downing


Our fully inclusive retreats start from £450 per person for a 3 night stay (excluding travel). Prices vary depending on room type, location and visiting author. Please join our mailing list to receive full information about venues and dates.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you Sara & Cressi, for the most gorgeously indulgently luxurious weekend I’ve spent in a long time.  It has met and far exceeded my expectations.  You created five star relaxation with more thoughtful special touches than I could have imagined."