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Our Venues

Venues are the foundations upon which Root Camp rests. We have been hosted at a variety of locations around the country, from Bute Island off the west coast of Scotland, to the rolling Suffolk countryside. We look for venues that have an intrinsic attachment to the natural surroundings, as well as a kitchen suitable for teaching, a dining space for feasting, and (ideally) a warm spot for resting. If you think you could be the next host for a Root Camp, don’t hesitate to get in touch at We’ll be in touch with our venue pack as soon as we can.


The brainchild of Anna Coloqhoun (one of our fabulous chefs) and her husband Matt, Bolara Sesanta (Bolara 60; B60) is a farmhouse in Istria, Croatia, that hosted our first ever international Root Camp in 2017. With outdoor gardens, sunny neighbouring olive groves and a wonderful rustic vibe, the whole place was a magical experience for the 12 young people we brought over for the week. They made pizza in the wood fired oven, stuffed sausages and harvested olives, all whilst learning valuable lessons in gardening, cooking and sustainability. We look forward to working with Anna and Matt

Marcia Blakenham

Marcia Blakenham is one of Root Camp’s key supporters. The past two years of Root Camp have only happened because she has shared her lovely part of the world with our campers. Her perfect barn, formerly a home for chickens, has been turned into a kitchen for Root Camp. With a field for football and badminton, and bell tents for sleeping and ghost stories, the Root Campers are in awe of Marcia’s little part of the world when they arrive.

Mount Stuart Family Trust

The Mount Stuart Trust is a Charitable Trust founded in 1985, which works to fulfil the vision of the late John, Marquess of Bute. He believed that the public should be able to enjoy Mount Stuart and its gardens and surrounding grounds. The Trust owns and administers Mount Stuart and Bute Estate, where we were generously allowed to host a fantastic series of cookery courses in 2016, using the wonderful kitchen gardens and natural environment of the island of Bute.Lying in the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Bute is approximately 15 miles long and 4 miles wide. Bute is separated from the mainland to the north – the Cowal peninsula – by the spectacular Kyles of Bute. To the north the island is hilly with extensive areas of forestry, whilst in the south the landscape is softer, the land highly cultivated and more intensively farmed. With fishing, foraging and great food, Bute and Mount Stuart are certainly venues we’d like to return to soon – watch this space!

Dartington Hall Trust

The Dartington Estate is set in 1,200 acres of beautiful parkland near Totnes. The first property on the estate was built between 1388 and 1400. Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought this estate in 1925 and embarked on what they called the “Dartington experiment” to regenerate a rural community. Dartington continue to use their estate “to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world.”

The estate today comprises various schools, colleges and charitable and commercial organisations including Schumacher College, as well as the thriving Dartington Gardens.