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Conde Nast Traveller "World's most effective retreat"

Evening Standard "13 of the Best UK Wellness Retreats" 2020





Stede Court has been featured in

The Evening Standard(twice), The Daily Telegraph, Real Homes,

Beau Monde Traveler

Top Sante, Woman and Home

& twice in Conde Nast Traveller!

& ITVs Loose Women

Also a contributor to ChangeIncorporated.Com

Kathryn has been in the press several times weekly for many years, inc columns in The Telegraph, Boots Magazine (Boots Fitness Expert), Sainsbury's Magazine, featured in all the national press, TV & news and radio 


Click here to see some of the many press clippings about Kathryn over the years

Kathryn has had a diverse range of clients  over the years, ages from 14 to 85 years old, from beginners, clients with injuries or post-op to the super fit, journalists, TV celebrities, royalty and Hollywood A listers


Click here for some testimonials from Kathryn's London clients

See below for some wonderful Stede Court client reviews

Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat launched in January 2018 and we have already had some amazing reviews.


Please see our wonderful client reviews below


Also on Facebook , Airbnb & Tripadvisor 

Once you have experienced Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat we would be very grateful if you could share your experience and add a review,

thank you



Lynette, Kent

Dear Kathryn, thank you for a wonderful weekend.

It was fabulous! You helped me to relax and focus on myself after a really challenging year.  I have got on my peloton bike this morning and can already feel the difference!

Dr Sue Graham

We had simply the best time with you in your wonderful fitness retreat & loved it ! It was just what was needed at this time & a total escape from life & the crazy world within which are living now.  I enjoyed every aspect of the weekend & feel motivated to continue with yoga as a new activity ! 


Your all round sensible, calm & expert approach is to be admired & is inspiring , thank you so much.  I would love to come back next year with my daughter & will stay in touch so we can hopefully line this up. Thank you again for a great weekend & your wonderful hospitality.

Jane & David, North Yorkshire

Kathryn, thank you so much for a wonderful week at Stede Court. We spent a long time researching just the right fitness retreat and that time was well spent indeed.

You are such an inspiration, the memories and key tips we learned will stay with us for years to come. We can honestly say our stay was perfect, the whole ambiance filled our soul with positive energy.

Amazing healthy food, great personal company and just a treat for mind, body and soul....we will be back!

Joanne Walton

Our fitness retreat day with at Stede Court was blissful! Beautiful day and a stunning, peaceful setting. Kathryn is fantastic and made us feel relaxed instantly. We hadn't exercised for a while and the boot camp and yoga exercises were set at a perfect level to test our bodies and also being able to move at the end of the day! Bonus! Left feeling energised and motivated and cannot wait to return! 

Arabella, Surrey

My wellbeing week at Stede Court was blissful. Just what I needed, time to relax, exercise and spend lots of time outside. Kathryn is very knowledgeable and kind, I really enjoyed my week with her and left feeling refreshed and with lots of lovely recipes! She is an excellent cook, all the food was delicious, using local, seasonal produce. I loved the fact that they were meals I could replicate at home and didn’t take hours to prepare. There is something rather magical about having your breakfast by the beautiful pond and your dinner under the stars whilst trying to spot the infamous owl. The sauna was perfectly placed looking out over the pond, and a dip afterwards gave me a real buzz! The PT sessions were challenging and varied. The woods make the perfect setting for the circuits sessions and the field made for an unusual running track, with the added bonus of very friendly sheep to take your mind off your run. Kathryn gave very helpful feedback on my running style, I haven’t yet achieved ‘gazelle’ status, but am hopeful I’ll get there one day! Overall, a wonderful few days, I highly recommend Kathryn to anyone looking for something tailored to their individual needs.


Writing about my week has put a smile on my face :) I really loved my time with you, Nellie and Andy. You are wonderful hosts and made me feel so welcome.

Dr Caroline Elton

Kathryn has been a life-saver at a horribly difficult time in my life. I've increased my fitness, toned my body and feel rejuvenated.

She is a wonderful personal trainer and Stede Court is the most beautiful setting that one could ask for. 

Alice Hart-Davis @alicehartdavis

In March, my husband & I visited this fabulous private fitness retreat - Stede Court, run by Kathryn Freeland who I have known for a long time as a leading personal trainer. I’ve pestered her for quotes for the papers for many years, and she gave the fitness advice in one of my books.
Now she has moved to Kent and runs fitness & wellbeing retreats for groups or individuals, at her home.

The house is completely gorgeous, the food, which she cooks herself, is delicious, and the exercise is tailored to be as hard or gentle as you choose. It’s not a bootcamp, though if you wanted that, Kathryn would oblige. You could also just hang out, do some yoga, meditate, drink a glass of wine and generally take time out from your busy life. The point is that it’s a place and a space for what you personally need, so it’s totally bespoke.

There’s also an outdoor sauna, and a fine (and very clean) pond to cool off in afterwards.
Take a look on Kathryn’s Instagram  @stedecourtretreat you’ll see just how glorious the retreat is throughout the year.

What a fabulous retreat, I felt so relaxed and refreshed afterwards and can't wait to go back .

Kath Brown @kathbrown101

I may not be super fit now but after spending a brilliant weekend at health and wellbeing retreat Stede Court in Biddenden, Kent, I am inspired by Kathryn Freeland to live a healthier, calmer and more active life. Apart from the outdoor fitness training and healthy food, the thing my daughter Gracie and I loved the most about Stede Court is the beautiful surrounding countryside and the general feeling of peace as soon as you walk through the door. We all need more of that in our lives, right? 

@jo_elvin your ears must have been burning as Kathryn used to be your personal trainer in London.

Look up @stedecourtretreat if you ever need a rest and to get back to being your best self. 

Kathryn - you have created such a special magical place

Hettie Muddy Stilettos

Whether it’s personal training in the outdoor exercise trail, a walking or running clinic, Pilates & Yoga style exercises or even just some meditation and expert advice with your eating habits, Kathryn Freeland has all bases covered.  Oh, and they just happen to have an amazing house and gardens, with all the necessary facilities for you to achieve those goals.

You will feel that you have made a funny and talented friend who wants to help you be the best version of you through fitness ability, eating habits and general wellbeing. And the great thing about it all, it feels achievable and sustainable so no fads & diets here.

No wellbeing retreat is the same as Kathryn designs each fitness retreat and session according to what YOU want to get out of it and Kathryn was fantastic at sharing advice and helping me realign my body movements.

Such a fab day in such a magical setting'

Note of warning: You will not want to leave!

Alysia Scott

Thank you for an amazing weekend at your incredibly beautiful home.  On arrival we were welcomed in and we were blessed with amazing weather for a spring weekend.

The outside circuit and power-walk in the field were invigorating and learning about correct posture is such a great thing to take away with you.  I will now be walking and thinking about my feet position!

Our lovely homemade soup and bread whilst sitting out was gorgeous and making the mist of talking about nutrition at the same time..

We then went onto our yoga and mediation in front of a log fire ( you couldn't make it more perfect

As a martial artist to have this session really opened my mind and felt amazing on my shoulders afterwards, i have now decided to start a yoga class ! To top it off the mediation was wonderful, i never thought i could do a minute , nether-mind 10 minutes, i will now incorporate this into my life. 

We had a lovely tea and a relaxing walk in the Kent countryside , topped off with a delicious home-cooked dinner and an evening around the fire .  Heavenly!

We will be back again and again…………escaping our busy city lives. x


Angela Shah

I booked Stede Court for a private weekend for me and my girlfriends having spent time with Kathryn at previous fitness retreats.

If anything this was even better than before! Kathryn and Andy are perfect hosts, the food was delicious (and plenty!) and the exercise was tailored to exactly what everyone wanted (not easy with 7 quite different guests).

Kathryn is truly an exceptional personal trainer, equal parts giggles and hard work. 

I cannot recommend Stede Court enough for a weekend away of pampering and work outs (not often you get both!) that feels like a week away!

Stephen Lott

I was researching a suitable venue not to far from London and came across Kathryn and Stede Court, what a beautiful location. Myself and my best friend went there for a weekend and straight away we were made to feel at home by Kathryn and Andy. It was a great mix of exercise, eating some wonderful food but having time to relax. Kathryn and Andy are excellent hosts.

We both had different goals from the weekend and the training was perfectly tailored to meet our needs, which doesn't often happen. We came away having learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I will certainly recommend it.

Claire Bolsover

A Stede Court retreat provides the opportunity to exercise in beautiful grounds and utilises the natural surroundings for circuit training within the woodland. Kathryn has a fantastic way to organise the exercise so that it is both fun but challenges and inspires you, adapting to your level and giving you options to try.

On my visit we had lovely sunny weather so were able to enjoy our delicious homemade lunch outside and really appreciate the beautiful surroundings. On top of which we did Yoga and Pilates with the amazing Kent countryside as our backdrop.

But what makes Stede Court so special is Kathryn. I have attended a number of retreats organised by her and she is so welcoming and knowledgeable; providing the opportunity to pick her brains on exercise and nutrition. She makes the day fun and you often forget you are exercising, coming away feeling really refreshed. She always finds a group of lovely, fun and like-minded people so that whether you go on your own or in a small group you feel at home really quickly.

This was a day visit for me but I can’t wait to go back for a weekend fitness retreat to be able to enjoy the amazing rooms Kathryn and her husband Andy have beautifully decorated.

Stede Court is a wellbeing retreat like no other and I highly recommend it.

Steph Thommen

I took part in a day fitness retreat at Stede Court with Kathryn and a group of very lovely ladies. Kathryn's warm welcome and the stunning setting made for a very relaxing environment while still being active. I loved training in the wood, and the original setting for each exercise.

Kathryn is a remarkable trainer who puts everyone at ease and gives each person the opportunity to challenge themselves at their own level while making everyone comfortable. I particularly loved the way she explains how each exercise affects the body, the brain and all the other exercises in the routine as it gave me the opportunity to learn more and go home feeling nicely tired and more knowledgeable. The session about diet, goal setting and personal challenges were particularly useful as a way to frame fitness as a way of life, rather than just an element of someone's day.

This was topped by a fabulous lunch lovingly made by Kathryn with vegetables from her own garden. I really feel blessed to have joined such a retreat and I highly recommend the experience.

Naina Shah

What can I say except the biggest and humblest thank you for what can only be described as an amazing weekend retreat!

Every single aspect of the weekend was perfect! From the tailor made fitness programs, to the absolutely delicious and nutritious meals! The homely and relaxed atmosphere of your beautiful retreat greatly contributed to giving us all a wonderful break.

I have highly recommended your wellbeing retreat to many friends whom, in the world we live in today, could highly benefit from such an experience!

Thank you so much!

Tanya Thorsen

Exceptional in every way! The welcome, accomadation, food and personalised fitness plan; all in the most calm and beautiful setting so that you truely get away from everything.
I decided my body needed a kick start in a "if I look after my body, it will look after me" kind of way, and was fortunate that I was recommended to contact Kathryn. From my initial conversation I felt that Kathryn truely heard what I was saying and needed, which proved to be true during my 2 night stay (in one of the most comfortable beds ever). 
The programme was tailored specifically for me -my body, my fitness requirement and was realistic about what my aims would be when I was back home. Kathryn pushed, corrected and supported me in equal measures and my body felt alive and happy - while also feeling stiff and sore. 
Now I am home, the weekend has stayed with me and I have made small yet significant tweaks to my routine; adding exercise into everyday activities and being mindful about what I eat -I am now addicted to roughies (you need to go to find out....).
I have a renewed resilience and am feeling stronger as a whole, plus it is lovely that my body has remembered how good it feels to be moving again! 
Kathryn and Andy welcomed me into their home like an old friend. They have a gift of making you feel at home and I do not think their are words to describe exactly how beneficial the weekend as a whole has been. Enjoy!

Jacqueline Sandy

Visited Stede Court in early November to boost energy levels after a busy year. After staying 3 nights and having 3 personal training sessions with Kathryn my husband and I left feeling fantastic and re focused.

The training was in an incredible setting outdoors and luckily we were blessed with lovely weather. Kathryn's attention to detail in training techniques and nutritional advice was professional with a great depth of knowledge and common sense approach.

Stede Court is steeped with character, Kathryn and Andy were amazing hosts, breakfast and dinner delicious.

Will return in 2018 and hopefully swim in the natural pond which hopefully will be filling over the winter months

Jemma Magrath

We were lucky enough to spend a weekend retreat at Stede Court in April and it was like going on a retreat abroad. The house is beautiful and set in the most amazing grounds.

We did two training sessions each day - circuits around the wooded exercise area and yoga on the lawn. Kathryn truly looked after us and gave us not only amazing food while we were there but great fitness and nutrition advice to carry forward.

Would truly recommend a stay 

Mia Mihanos 

We were so happy we found this beautiful place in charming Biddenden. Stayed for two nights and loved it so much! The place is stunning with a beautiful large garden and a cool exercise trail that can be booked with the lovely Kathryn (she's a really great PT and also owner of the place!) The rooms were filled with history in the walls and a lot of charm!

They also had what you need for a relaxed stay: luxurious beds and linens, bathrobes and a bathroom with nice amenities. Breakfast was yummy and large and kept us going for many hours. Area around has a lot to offer from bike rides to vineyards to fun local pubs and Michelin star restaurants! 
We found peace in this special place and would love to come back again and definitely book another exercise session too! Thank you Kathryn and Andy for your wonderful hospitality!

Nicola Magrath

My daughter and I just spent the best weekend retreat together at Stede Court. Perfect relaxing setting with great food, a fab fitness trail on site and expert advice.

We loved having our own private yoga and fitness sessions and went away feeling fully refreshed and energised for the week ahead.

Emilia JM

We wanted to experience the English countryside and find a place where we could eat well, work out and relax during our Kent vacation. We booked the Stede Court for two nights and got exactly what we wanted.

Historically beautiful house, beautiful meadows, flowery gardens and not least its charming owners, a fantastic chef who is also a super great coach (do not miss book a power round in their own trail with K!).

Can definitely recommend this place!

Jack Ireland

I went for a private bespoke day wellbeing & fitness retreat at Stede Court, which was first-class. It was excellent to be taken in hand and given the benefit of many years of experience and sensitivity, especially in such beautiful surroundings. Less than a week later, I feel much better and safer when exercising. Unreservedly recommended. Thank you!

Margarita Santa Maria

Kathryn was welcoming and friendly from the moment we walked in. My sister and I felt like we have known her for ages as she made us feel comfortable by genuinely caring about our wellbeing and our lives so that she could create bespoke activities for us both. 
We had home made meals throughout the day, down to the bread and snacks that were offered.
Our fitness session was different but fun and challenging and ending the day with meditation was wonderful. We wish that we had stayed for the weekend. 
We would definitely recommend Stede Court Private Fitness Retreat and are coming back again for my hen do!
Thank you Kathryn for a lovely day!

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