Fritton Lake Retreat, Norfolk, UK

Date: Friday 30 June – Monday 3 July 2023

Price: from £990pp


join us for a REJUVENATING weekend of swimming, movement & relaxation at this luxurious private holiday club

Join Nicola and the SwimQuest team for relaxing swims in the lake, swim technique sessions in the heated pool and optional gentle yoga classes on this friendly and luxurious short break. 
This trip is suitable for all ability levels (both yoga and swimming) and is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and restored. 
 
The focus for our pool sessions will be helping you to feel comfortable in the water, moving towards an efficient and balanced stroke (whether that be front crawl or breaststroke). The sessions in the lake will be an opportunity to stretch out and enjoy being immersed in nature. 
 
The focus for the yoga practice will be on breath awareness, pranayama and gathering energy inwards. We will work with postures that open and close the body, open the chest and side body to increase space for deep, long breaths - all skills which should enhance and support your experience in the water. Strengthening work for the core, feet and legs will help us with both physical and emotional stability both on the land and in the water. These sessions will help us to make the most of the weekend, to find space to let go and release. 

ABOUT FRITTON LAKE

Fritton Lake sits at the heart of a pioneering thousand-acre Norfolk rewilding project. Unspoilt woodland and lush meadows surround the sparkling lake at the heart of the estate. Around it is over 1,000 acres of land on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, given over to nature as part of a pioneering rewilding project at the forefront of an ambitious European rewilding programme.

 In addition to the swimming itinerary, other sporting activities are included in your trip price, and there is plenty of space to walk, run, paddle board, kayak, chat with like minded guests or take some time for yourself.

ABOUT the clubhouse

Our base and accommodation for this break is the Fritton Clubhouse. It was once a 16th Century manor house, but now offers luxury hotel rooms and a fantastic restaurant. With authentic wooden floorboards, real fireplaces, exposed beams and brickwork, all blending seamlessly with modern comforts and contemporary design - this is a truly luxurious and relaxing place to stay for your SwimQuest retreat.  Rooms all have ultra-comfortable king size beds, spacious bathrooms and stunning views across the estate.

IS THIS retreat for me?

Expect a slow paced and relaxing weekend. It will include some lake swims, optional  yoga sessions and as much or as little else as you wish. There is a lot of space to walk or run or just sit and contemplate the beautiful scenary, chat with like minded guests or take some time alone in between activities.  This trip really is suitable for all abilities. The food is also delicious.

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Lake temperature: approx 22-24˚C
  • Pool temperature: approx. 28˚C
  • Swimming distances: 1-2km per swim (or less if you prefer)
  • Swimming ability: This location is suitable for all abilities, however to enjoy the lake swims we ask that you are able to swim unaided out of your depth.
  • Are non-swimmers welcome? Absolutely – non-swimmers are welcome to join the retreat and take advantage of this beautiful area and other activities on offer.
  • Start and finish: Start – 3pm, Finish – 10am

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation in a luxury Clubhouse room (once a 16th Century Manor House, the Clubhouse now offers 8 x luxury hotel rooms.) Based on twin / double share - sole use supplement available for £210
  • Guided lake swims
  • Optional Yoga Classes in the studio with Lisa and Fiona
  • Additional activities including paddleboarding, kayaking, gym, sauna, fitness classes
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Nuts and smoothies
  • SwimQuest swim cap
  • SwimQuest 10L dry bag

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Fritton Lake
  • Dinners : we will either eat at The Clubhouse or at the local pub
  • Wetsuit (optional - if required)
  • Any alcohol not served with meals
  • Single Supplement : £210 should you wish to take a room of your own
  • Treatments / Massage / Hot stone massage / Indian head massage £70 per hour
  • Additional Gym Classes : if you wish to join a scheduled class outside of our itinerary you can do so for £9pp
Our base and accommodation for this break is the stunning 16th century Clubhouse which comprises of 8 rooms, each with its own individual personality, but all with ultra-comfortable king size beds, spacious bathrooms and stunning views across the estate to enjoy. Accommodation can be in doubles or twin rooms or single with supplement.
Lady Scott Room (Double or Sole Use)
Lady Scott, is complete with a comfy king size bed and views over front of hotel and parklands. The bathroom consists of a bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet. A corner dining area and sofa in the bay window overlooks the grounds.
Lady Jackson Room (Double or Sole Use)
Lady Jackson is complete with a comfy king size bed and views over front of hotel and parklands. The bathroom consists of a bath with overhead shower, basin and toilet.
Herringfleet Room (Double or Sole Use)
Herringfleet Boathouse is complete with a comfy king size bed and views over the front of hotel and parklands. The bathroom consists of a bath with a shower hose, basin and toilet.
Walter Mussett Room (Twin or Sole Use)
Walter Musset has a double bed, and can be made up as twin bedroom on request. There is a bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet.
Billy Ward Room (Twin or Sole Use)
Billy Ward has a double bed, and can be made up as twin on request. There is a bathroom with a walk-in shower, basin and toilet.
Cubitt's Car Room (Double or Sole Use)
Cubitt’s Carr is a double bedroom. There is a bathroom with a bath, basin and toilet. The bedroom overlooks the back terrace area.
Mr Kittle's Room (Twin or Triple Share)
This suite has views over the terrace and sleeps up to 3 people in a double bed and two singles. The room is situated in the attic and has original low beamed ceilings.
Phyllis' Folly Room (Double or Sole Use)
This attic room is full of charm with original low beamed ceilings. It has a double bed and a bath with a hand held shower.  

ITINERARY

Friday

Arrivals and a welcome swim in the Lake

At 3pm we will kick off the weekend with a welcome meeting and safety briefing over tea & coffee at The Clubhouse. After the briefing, your swim guides will take you to Fritton Lake for a short afternoon swim (400-600m), followed by some time afterwards before dinner to have a walk around the beautiful estate, get your bearings and settle into your room before dinner and drinks at 7pm.

Saturday  morning

Wake up yoga and swim technique analysis

This morning starts bright and early with a group yoga class before breakfast. The class will be a gentle Vinyasa flow, helping us to wake up and start the day feeling positive! After the class, join the group for breakfast. We will then meet at 10am at the indoor pool for a swim stroke technique session. The guides will look at your stroke and offer valuable advice on how to make you more relaxed and efficient in the water. The stroke technique session will include filming both above and below the water and after the session has finished there will be time to shower and change before meeting for lunch.

Saturday afternoon

Fritton Lake Swim

After lunch, we will meet for a slightly longer swim in Fritton Lake, with a focus on enjoying being in the water and the surroundings - and feeling relaxed and comfortable in your open water environment.  The swim will be 1.5km - 2km. Post-swim, there will be time to relax, perhaps enjoy one of Fritton's beauty treatments or a massage before meeting for dinner at the local pub.

Sunday Morning

Pre-breakfast dip and mid-morning yoga

We will need early for an optional pre-breakfast dip in the lake, followed by a relaxing breakfast in the Clubhouse. After breakfast, join in with an invigorating morning yoga session before we break for lunch.

SUNDAY AFteroon

Guided swim / time to enjoy Fritton's other activities

This afternoon, your swim guides will offer an optional guided swim in the lake - and / or you are very welcome to take the afternoon at leisure to either relax, have a massage, go paddleboarding, walk in the woodlands or borrow a kayak / SUP and explore.

 Monday morning

Pre-breakfast dip, breakfast and departures

We will enjoy an early pre-breakfast dip before breakfast and check out at 10am.
The Estate's address is : Fritton Lake, Beccles Rd, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9HA It is accessed easily by train or car.
Train: The nearest station is Haddiscoe Station (on the Wherry Lines in Norfolk.) Depart London at Liverpool Street change at Norwich to Haddiscoe, then a 10 min taxi ride.
Car: Postcode for Satnav NR31 9HA
Fly: The nearest Airport is Norwich Airport with national and international connections.

WHAT DO I PACK?

  • At least 2 swimming costumes
  • Comfortable clothes for yoga (leggings and a fitted t-shirt are ideal)
  • Wetsuit (optional)
  • Swim fins (optional, although useful for additional speed and for technique drills if you have some)
  • 2 pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
  • Tow float (required) - if you haven’t got one yet, you can find a great range from Swim Secure HERE and receive 15% off with code: 15SwimQuest23
  • Towel(s)
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (note you will receive a SwimQuest dry bag)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes / flip flops – for getting wet
  • Insect repellent
  • Fleece or warm jumper
  • Sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Trainers / sports gear (optional)