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April and May Special Offer Availability

For latest availability:

Special Offer Availability at reduced rates:

  • Dune House - 29 Apr- 3 May
  • Long House - 29 April- 3 May, 6- 10, 6-13, 10- 13 May, 31 May- 3 Jun
  • Life House - 29 April- 3 May, 29 April- 6 May, 3- 6, 10- 13, 10- 17 May, 31 May- 3 Jun
  • Shingle House - 29 April- 3 May, 20- 24 May, 31 May- 3 Jun

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Reading and Thinking Retreat at Life House, Wales

Join other friends of The School of Life and Living Architecture on a long weekend of contemplation, reading and new horizons.

Available dates in 2019 - 

29 March - 1 April SOLD OUT

7- 10 June SOLD OUT

22- 23 September

22- 25 November

Find out more


2019 Holiday Dates available

  • Balancing Barn, Suffolk, sleeps 8 - see here
  • Dune House, Suffolk, sleeps 9 - see here
  • Long House, Norfolk, sleeps 10 - see here
  • Shingle House, Kent, sleeps 8 - see here
  • Life House, Wales, sleeps 6 - see here


Secular Retreat

2019 dates have sold out - if you are interested in staying at Secular Retreat in the future, please sign up to our newsletter. 


A House for Essex

Due to high demand, all holidays at A House for Essex are sold via a ballot. Each ballot offers you the chance to purchase a 2- or 3- night stay at A House for Essex, for up to 4 people

The latest ballot has now closed, but do sign up to our newsletter for future updates on future A House for Essex ballots, and other news from Living Architecture. 


The Life House by John Pawson - Financial Times, Sept 2016

"A tour de force of domestic minimalism" - Financial Times, September 2016.

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A Room for London

Please note that A Room for London has now closed.


Grayson Perry´s Dream House

A House for Essex is featured in Channel 4 documentary.

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