Suffolk yoga retreat with links to Ghandi to feature on Channel 4’s ‘Three In A Bed’ series

Jo and Dominic De Rosa at Hill Farm, being filmed for an episode of Channel 4's 'Three In A Bed' whi

Jo and Dominic De Rosa at Hill Farm, being filmed for an episode of Channel 4's 'Three In A Bed' which will air during the next six weeks. - Credit: Archant

A historic west Suffolk farm house which once played host to civil rights leader Mahatma Ghandi is to appear on a TV programme later this month.

The De Rosas outside their Hill Farm retreat shortly after they bought the property.

The De Rosas outside their Hill Farm retreat shortly after they bought the property. - Credit: Archant

Jo and Dominic De Rosa purchased Hill Farm house in Brent Eleigh Road near Lavenham in July 2013 and turned it into a yoga retreat.

And now less than two years on, the magnificent Tudor building with a fascinating history is to feature in an episode of the Channel 4 series, Three In a Bed, which begins again at 8pm tonight.

In each one-hour show, three sets of proud B&B owners throw open their doors to each other - and a TV crew - and compete to be crowned the ‘best bed and breakfast’. The owners of each establishment take turns to stay with one another and pay what they consider fair for their stay. The winner is the one the guests deem best value for money.

During the 1950 and 60s, Hill Farm was owned by British journalist, playwright and former captain of the England national rugby union team, Peter Howard who eventually became head of the Moral Re-Armament (MRA) spiritual movement from 1961 to 1965.


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It was during the period while he was living at Hill Farm that the 16th Century house became a secret meeting place for world leaders involved in the MRA, including Ghandi.

Mrs De Rosa and her husband were immediately struck by the peace and serenity of Hill Farm, but viewers will have to wait to find out whether the TV guests - who attended a ‘mini-retreat’ at the property - shared the love.

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Mrs De Rosa said the venue, which serves food that is wheat, sugar, alcohol and dairy free, was chosen by the series’ producers because it was far from the usual run-of-the-mill bed and breakfast.

She said: “I think they picked us because they like to feature slightly unusual or quirkier businesses.

“Our breakfasts are certainly very different to most and include steamed vegetables such as asparagus, sugar snap peas or spinach with either poached or scrambled eggs and smoked mackerel or tofu. There is no toast.

“The guests on the show also took part in a yoga session. I’m not sure what they really thought of it all because they spoke to the cameras in secret. But we both really enjoyed taking part in the show and would love to do it again.”

Mrs De Rosa has been sworn to secrecy about the result so viewers will have to tune in later this month to find out how it went.

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