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Forest Wood Fired Sauna and River Swim

Devon, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Charles

2 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 8 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

The ultimate experience in body detox, purification and well being.

Guests shall meet at topsham bridge TQ74DR near loddiswell. One hour prior to meeting i will have prepared the sauna and the lighting around the swimming and plunge pool area ready for immediate use. For the best sauna effect our Narvia 14kw heater is fuelled by kiln dried logs which are provided as part of the package.

On meeting i shall complete a safety brief on how to get the most out of the whole sauna and cold water river swim / bathing experience. Ie operation of the sauna, sauna and swim multiple entries and resting periods.

Map of the swim pool depth and safe resting areas etc. Non swimmers are more than welcome as the river is very sandy and shallow in places around the plunge pool, so bathers can still enter the water safely without having to swim.

Next we shall drive to the forest location to start the wood fired sauna experience and bathe / swim right on the River Avon. This activity as described and instructed usually lasts around 2-2 1/2 hours.

Couples or groups who want to hire out the sauna and river swim area for private functions can do so simply by messaging me direct or hitting the private group icon. The cost to hire out the experience is 250GBP for a 3 hour period and a bottle of champagne is included in the price. A great experience for couples who want intimacy.
Other things to note
Its great fun to sauna and bathe at night
I am flexible on times to commence the experience, just let me know the time and i will accommodate you.
The ultimate experience in body detox, purification and well being.

Guests shall meet at topsham bridge TQ74DR near loddiswell. One hour prior to meeting i will have prepared the sauna and the lighting around the swimming and plunge pool area ready for immediate use. For the best sauna effect our Narvia 14kw heater is fuelled by kiln dried logs which are provided as part of the package.

On meeting i shall complete a saf…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Fresh drinking water and water for the sauna heater will be provided
  • Equipment
    Torches and outside lighting equipment
    Kiln dried logs for the sauna...

Meet your host, Charles

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I own, manage & run the wildswim2sauna retreat which specializes in all inclusive weekend wild swimming & wellbeing activities.

In my younger years some people used to call me the wild man of borneo. Maybe thats because my work in the oil business has taken me to many remote locations in the world. One thing is for certain and that is i love alfresco living and working in nature.

Over the last several years i have as part of my daily lifestyle routine added traditional Finnish wood fired saunas followed by cold river plunging / bathing particularly at night into my life. The sauna and river plunge experience takes 2 hours and i complete this exercise 3-5 times per week.

The health benefits i have experienced are truely amazing. At 53 years old my pulse rate has dropped to 44bpm. My blood pressure is 120/80.
I own, manage & run the wildswim2sauna retreat which specializes in all inclusive weekend wild swimming & wellbeing activities.

In my younger years some people used to call me the wild man of borneo. Maybe thats because my work in the oil business has taken me to many remote locations in the world. One thing is for certain and that is i love alfresco living and working in nature.

Over the last several years i have as part of my daily lifestyle routine added traditiona…
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Where you'll be

The Yeo farm estate is situated deep in the Avon Valley near Loddiswell. It is a nature lovers paradise covering 112 acres of ancient woodlands and meadows. The estate runs from topsham bridge right into Storridge woods and for 1.5 miles along the River Avon and the old Primrose railway line.

The sauna is located at Mackay’s pool, a large privately owned and secluded natural deep running pool surrounded by ancient wood lands and tall oaks.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 80 reviews.

Micaela
April 2021
Absolutely amazing experience! Charles was brilliant and made us feel extremely comfortable. Would definitely recommend if you like being pushed out of your comfort zone! Thank you Charles! We will be back :) x
Jo
January 2021
This was the most amazing and refreshing experience for anyone willing to plunge their bodies into the extremes. It was unique, fun and also great for self development. I would highly recommend! However, It would had been nice to be able to use the jacuzzi as stated in the description. Charles was also an amazing host and made us feel very at home. We look forward to returning!
This was the most amazing and refreshing experience for anyone willing to plunge their bodies into the extremes. It was unique, fun and also great for self development. I would hig…
Jenny
January 2021
Beautiful location, the river is amazing! I hadn't done anything like this before and Charles explained everything and made it really easy. I felt so good after, I'd highly recommend.
Anneza
December 2020
Fantastic and surreal experience! Definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Devon. I was absolutely petrified and began to wonder, as we were driving in the pitch black narrow country lanes and deeper into what felt like nowhere, why I decided to sign up to a swim in a river in the dark. Charles greeted us at the gates in his quad bike and we clambered on the bonnet for a short bumpy ride to the river and sauna. Charles was super friendly and chilled out (and very encouraging as I was a little nervous) He went through the river/sauna process with us to check we knew what to do and were comfortable and then left us to it! He came back an hour and a half later to drive us back and we had a great chat and tour of the farmhouse he also rents out. Highly recommend - great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and experience something new :)
Fantastic and surreal experience! Definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Devon. I was absolutely petrified and began to wonder, as we were driving in the pitch black narrow c…
Stevie
December 2020
A absolutely amazing experience . Charlie is so passionate and it bring the experience to life. Will be back for sure! Highly recommend. left with a massive smile.
Lydia-Jane
October 2020
Really not what we were expecting but overall had a great experience. It was very unique, we had to focus our mind to overcome extreme conditions to detox and purify our bodies. We went between the cold river to the hot sauna, pushing our mind and body on each. The host was great and we would definatly reccomend
Really not what we were expecting but overall had a great experience. It was very unique, we had to focus our mind to overcome extreme conditions to detox and purify our bodies. We…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

What to bring

Wet suit boots or flip flops

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