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Whether you’re planning a long weekend with friends and family, midweek break or a special celebration - from private chefs and caterers to tips on where to find the best local walks, great places to eat and drink or the best seasonal events, we’d love to help.

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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. 


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.

Dates in 2018 are now fully sold, but available dates in 2019 are - 

8- 11 February

29 March - 1 April

7- 10 June

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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. 


2018 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


The Life House by John Pawson

The Life House is now available to book for week-long and short beaks

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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 for a while.


Grayson Perry´s Dream House

A House for Essex is featured in Channel 4 documentary.

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