If you are spiritually inclined, Inverliever Lodge has a natural healing ambience
After 16 blissful years running the internationally renowned Yoga retreat Ecoyoga at Inverliever Lodge near Lochgilphead, Nick and Rachel Loening are embarking on a new chapter. They’re selling up and moving back to the big city.
What’s clear though is that a piece of their hearts will always remain at this hidden gem where they embarked on an incredible journey in 2004.
“Back in the early noughties I used to run a busy city centre yoga studio in Edinburgh,” explains Nick. “When Rachel and I began a family, we loved the idea of running a retreat centre. We’d visited centres all over the world and there wasn’t anything like it in Scotland, so decided we wanted to start our own one.”
The first time they saw Inverliever Lodge they knew they’d found the perfect place for their business and to build a family home. Since then, the Loening family have welcomed visitors from all over the world, from California to China.
Today, the retreat, on the market with Bell Ingram, has 27 bedrooms with options to expand, private three-bedroom owner’s accommodation as well as a fully equipped yoga studio with massage room and renewable energy to power the place.
“Many of our visitors come to Ecoyoga, then go touring Scotland,” says Nick. “The incredible location is just so special and makes visiting all the more memorable for people. If you’re spiritually inclined, there’s a natural healing ambience to the place which people often comment on when they visit.”
Nature is at the heart of Inverliever. It’s an incredibly pure natural environment. The water is freshly sprung from the mountains nearby and the air is fresh. There are hot baths next to a spectacular waterfall which many repeat visitors come back for year-upon-year. With the rise in popularity of wild swimming, guests like to enjoy the hot baths before plunging into the cold fresh water beneath the waterfall, then back into the hot baths.
“After visiting, it’s like emerging from a cocoon,” says Nick. “People genuinely look and feel better. People comment on this time and time again. A feeling of rejuvenation. We are very unique in that respect and it’s something people only fully appreciate when they come to visit.”
With serene natural surroundings that lend themselves to a retreat style of business, Nick believes the space could be used for all sorts of retreat-style businesses. “There are so many opportunities for expansion or introducing new activities to this special space. Group activities around mindfulness, meditation or perhaps arts, crafts or writing retreats. There’s so much potential here.”
In the time Nick and Rachel have developed Egoyoga, their babies have grown into teenagers, which has prompted their move back to Edinburgh, but the place will always be special to the Loenings. “Above all else, it has been a wonderful family home for us and we know it could be again for another family or couple looking perhaps looking for a lifestyle change. Living and working here is ideal for the kind of person who is up for living in the countryside. It’s 12 miles to the nearest shop so it really is exceptionally peaceful and remote here. A genuine retreat.”