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About Us

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi

This was the inspiration that led city investment analyst, Louise Chester, to create The Retreat within the grounds of Witherdens Hall in 2004. A beautiful barn conversion in the stunning Kent countryside, The Retreat is a place to relax and recharge mind, body and soul, away from the frenetic, draining influences of modern life.

Louise has enjoyed the benefits of Witherdens Hall at first hand and now devotes her career to enabling others to achieve their own breakthrough moment. By helping people to discover the tools they need to succeed in their business or personal life, Louise helps empower people to take steps that will change their life forever.

Craig Chester left behind a fulltime career as a professional musician, touring all over the world with the likes of Michael Jackson to begin a new career as a Master Carpenter and Cabinet Maker. This shift of pace means that, together with Louise, they get to spend precious time with their daughter Alice. Music is still very much part of Craig’s life, but he now gets to choose which gigs he does.

Something special happens when you visit Witherdens Hall, something almost magical and unexpected. You leave with a clearer vision and determination to shape the life you really want to live. 

Build your own Retreat experience

Guests come to Witherdens Hall for a variety of reasons. Some come for a weekend break to catch up on much needed sleep, fresh air and to explore the local area, others want a few days of pampering. The affiliated Health and Beauty practitioners are of the highest calibre and help guests to relax and rejuvenate. A Personal Breakthrough Retreat allows you time to focus, without interruption, on your own personal needs, spiritual or otherwise and have been hugely successful.

Many of the guests who visit The Retreat run their own businesses and it was suggested how good it would be to take advantage of the quiet rural area to hold courses, training and meetings. Louise and Craig listened and The Retreat Workspace opened in July 2010.

Together, Louise and Craig are committed to ensuring that your time at Witherdens Hall is pleasurable and relaxing.

Call now to discuss and plan your unique stay at The Retreat 01227 720543