Say hello to Millie

Millie starts her Yoga residency at The Old Forge this January


After finding inspiration from her own Yoga teacher two years ago, Millie Lepic has been hooked with Vinyasa yoga ever since. So we are super excited to collaborate with Millie to host six Friday morning Yoga sessions to energise your mind and body and clear those January blues. We caught up with Millie to find out a little bit more…

We are so excited to announce our weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn, what would you say to those who are thinking about joining?

I think there is a popular misconception about yoga only being for the flexible but actually yoga is for everyone regardless of shape, size, age, gender, and ability. The Asanas are performed within the comfort of what is available to the individual and there are adaptations, modifications and progressions to suit every level, from first time attendee to lifelong devotee.

How did your interest in Yoga start?

I qualified as a fitness yoga instructor during my second year at university and instructed, alongside my studies. At the same time I also attended Vinyasa yoga classes, which is where I developed a keener interest in the traditional aspects of yoga. After graduation, I visited India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and fell deeper in love with the philosophy and spiritual practice.

Yoga is the one exercise that has never fallen out of trend, what do you think it is about Yoga that makes it such a popular exercise?

The postures focus the mind and create a sense of personal awareness whilst the body benefits from improved lymphatic drainage, neurological adaptations and increased muscle fibre recruitment. The closing posture stills the mind and body to reduce stress and improve sleep hygiene. A follower of yoga has the opportunity to discover an overall sense of positive well-being, which is perhaps the reason why it has always been so popular and continues to be so.

As a yoga instructor, what are the main benefits of Vinyasa Yoga?

I find the freedom and fluidity of Vinyasa to be energising and relaxing at the same time, it’s a beautiful way to move. The breath leads the postures and calms the mind and body to achieve union and the aforementioned benefits above.

As a beginner, how can an attendee expect to see a change after practising yoga in weekly sessions?

It will be different for each individual and changes will occur at an individual pace, but regular attendees can experience the aforementioned physical, emotional and psychological benefits and enjoy an overall sense of wellness.

Millie Lepic will be starting her weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn from Friday 12 January at 7am. £30 for six-week block.

To book a place, please call our Reception team on 01325 377977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An update from the Estate

We’re delighted to announce, in light of the latest Government guidance that our Coach House restaurant and hotel will re-open on Thursday 3rd December 2020.

From Thursday the Coach House will be serving up a delicious winter walled garden inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Our stretch tent is still in place for alfresco-dining and we have the heaters and mulled wine at the ready. As the restaurant re-opens, we will no longer be offering takeaway orders Monday to Saturday. And on Sundays you can either join us for your Sunday roast or pre-order and collect your lunch to enjoy at home.

Should you have a hotel reservation from December 3rd, your booking will still be in place and we’re looking forward to welcoming you.

As you can imagine, our phone lines are extremely busy at the moment, which is why we thank you for your patience in advance.

To speak to a member of our Coach House team please call – 01325 377 071 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . And to get in touch with our reservations team please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01325 377977.

We cannot wait to welcome you back!

Please note: As always, the safety of our guests and team is our main priority, with this it essential you have a reservation before arriving. Reservations for two, or more households dining together can only be placed at our Coach House alfresco dining area. Temperature checks are in place for all estate visitors and until seated it is compulsory to wear a mask and remain two metres apart. Our Coach House team will take reservations for up to a maximum of six guests and we will operate via table service only.