The Unwinding

with Jackie Morris at Bossington Hall

7th & 8th July 2020* Rescheduled 

6th & 7th July 2021

lose yourself in tales woven in ink and watercolour. . .

unwind by the sea. . .

read, relax, stroll and just be for two nights on Exmoor. . .

Sadly many events have had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the restrictions imposed during 2020, we are now looking forward to gathering and unwinding next summer...

An update was sent on 4th June 2020 to all guests who had booked to join us, so do check your in box and please contact us if you have any concerns regarding your booking

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The Unwinding is a pillow book, in the ancient tradition of Sei Shonagan, a book to tuck up the sleeve, in a pocket, under a pillow, containing fragments of dreams. Designed to be a portal, a talisman, it invites readers to enter its world, through word and image.

We would like to invite you to unwind with us at Bossington Hall, an arts and craft house set within a peaceful hamlet nestled by the sea and surrounded by woodland. We find it to be one of the most uplifting and inspiring locations on Exmoor and felt it was the perfect place to celebrate The Unwinding.


Sleep, peaceful sleep had to be an essential element, and so we have planned an idyllic retreat which can be as relaxing or as creative as you wish...

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Tuesday 6th July 2021

Guests are invited to arrive from 4pm, afternoon tea will be served and you will be shown to your room where you will discover a copy of The Unwinding tucked under your pillow.

6pm Evening stroll to Bossington Beach or just time to relax and explore the grounds at the hall.

8pm Light and delicious buffet supper, followed by a bedtime reading in the lounge with Jackie Morris.

Wednesday 7th July 2021

8am - 10am Leisurely breakfast, guests to be presented with a special edition entitled The Silent Unwinding to inspire their own writing.

11am - 12pm Creative writing workshop with a difference. Join Jackie in the kitchen at Bossington Hall and help prepare the day's lunch. Jackie firmly believes in the importance of cooking together, a relaxed atmosphere often nurtures the most inspired thoughts and the conversation will naturally flow. Space for this session is limited so please do say when booking if you would like to participate. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Alternatively, you can join the 'word harvesting' walk to Hurlstone Point. Davina and Christopher of Number Seven will lead you through the woods to the remains of the coast guard tower to admire the sweeping coastal views, before heading back along the pebble beach in time for lunch. A level of walking fitness is required for this pursuit.

You can of course, if you wish simply spend the morning reading, writing, drinking tea and relish in the idyllic setting...

Both workshops aim to help you find your own personal approach to writing, Not everyone wishes or aims to be published but the practice of writing and recording your ideas, dreams and daily life can be a joyful and relaxing process. 


1pm Vegetarian lunch.

The afternoon is free to unwind as you choose - find a shady spot to snooze, read or write.

If you are feeling more adventurous perhaps visit the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre which is within easy walking distance or take a drive to Porlock Weir.

4pm - 5pm Tea and cake will be served in the garden for those who have chosen to remain and relax at the hall. Also an opportunity to share your Unwinding tales with other guests. Perhaps a little shared reading aloud.

7pm The Unwinding Supper. A three course colourful vegetarian supper prepared by our chef and served in the dining room. An evening of tale telling and conversation with Jackie Morris, followed by a bedtime tale to lull you into the realm of The Unwinding....

Thursday 8th July 2021


8am - 10am Leisurely breakfast and farewells, guests to depart by 11am.

The Seven Fables team will be on hand throughout your stay, we will also have our own 'in house cook and house keeper.' We wish to create a shared, informal yet creative space at Bossington Hall and naturally we want your time with us to be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Our aim is to capture the magic and unique quality of our previous events with Jackie and we hope you are able to join us.

Pricing and Booking Details

*This event is now fully booked, however there is a reserve list in case of any cancellations, so do get in touch, you will also be among the first to hear about our future events with Jackie Morris

The Unwinding at Bossington Hall is priced at £325 per person for two nights, based on two people sharing, double and twin rooms are available. There is a single room supplement of £100 if you would rather not share a room, please state your preference at time of booking.

There are fifteen spacious and well appointed bedrooms, alongside fourteen bathrooms, although not all are en-suite. If you require a ground floor room and/or en-suite facilities we will do our best to accommodate you accordingly. Rooms are allocated at Number Seven's discretion.

All meals are included within the price and are to be vegetarian. Do inform us at the time of booking of any food allergies that you may suffer from, however we must state that due to the communal cooking nature of the kitchen, meals prepared will and may contain wheat, eggs, soy, nuts and dairy products.

How to Book

The Unwinding retreat would make a wonderful gift, do let us know at time of booking and we will send you a beautiful gift card.

Please call the shop direct on 01398 324457 to check availability during our opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

At time of booking we request payment of a non-refundable deposit of £100 per person.


This can be paid with your credit or debit card details by phone or via bank transfer if you prefer.


We request that the balance be paid in full on or before 30th April 2020.


If we do not receive your balance when due, we reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation by you and offer the place to someone else. 

At time of booking you will sent a booking form which we ask you to return agreeing to our terms and conditions.

Basic general house keeping: All linen and towels are provided, no pets permitted and smoking in any form including E-cigarettes is not permitted within the property.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask



How to find our stunning location - such a wonderful landscape!
Venue Details: Bossington Hall, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8HJ
Parking is available on site