Wellness retreat for Romsey?

Existing barn to be converted into accommodation rooms.

A wellness retreat and organic farm have been proposed for Highfields at Romsey.

“The retreat aims to celebrate the power of silence and rejuvenation through healing foods, meditation and yoga based on the 5000-year-old tradition of Ayurveda,” plans state.

The application includes construction of a yoga room, pool studio, olive production warehouse and conference room.

Other works would see internal reconfiguration of a barn to accommodate 11 bedrooms and the existing equine area converted into a gravel car park.

The proposal would allow for up to 22 patrons at the Crooked Road property and five on-site staff.

The planned olive production warehouse would expand the use of the property’s existing olive grove.

The proposal also seeks to introduce a large sustainable farm with organic fruit trees and vegetable/ herbs for both commercial and retreat consumption.

Proponents envisage on-site chefs having direct access to produce from the gardens and to educate patrons through cooking classes to showcase the benefits of organic sustainable living.

The retreat would also run meditation, yoga and other teaching programs within the proposed buildings.

Plans show the applicant seeks to maintain the surrounding gardens designed by Rick Eckersley.

The application is now being advertised.