All retreats have exclusive use of the Lodge, featuring:
- Seven double bedrooms with two twin beds each.
- Three single bedrooms, including the loft.
- Extra mattresses and linens for 2-3 extra guests.
- Main meeting room (about 700 square feet of high-ceilinged carpeted space with lots of windows.)
- Downstairs common room (240 square feet with comfortable, casual furniture; can be used as a separate meeting space.)
- Four shared bathrooms
- Fully equipped kitchens with two dishwashers, six burner professional propane range, convection oven, microwave, commercial sink, two refrigerators, utensils, pots and pans, and table service.
- Enclosed, heated porch dining area with seating for 32.
- Wireless high speed Internet.
- Quality audio system.
- The Boathouse, a rustic restored building by a small waterfall, with comfortable wicker furniture and ceiling fan.
- 63 acres of land, with extensive walking trails, benches for sitting, great mountain views, fire circle, secluded forest, a glade of walnut and sycamore trees by the Ivy River, and spectacular spring wildflowers in Salamander Valley.
- A swimming pond with fish to feed, the Gazebo, deck area, integrated fire pit, and flower gardens with a waterfall pool.
For additional charges, guests may arrange to use:
- The Pavilion,the largest indoor meeting space here.
- The Studio with a bathroom, kitchenette, double bed and four single beds.
- The Roadhouse with bathroom/spa area, and four additional beds.
The Pavilion is a 720 square foot enclosed meeting space overlooking the pond and gardens. It’s a two minute walk from the Lodge located on the site of the old homestead garden. The open floor area is 24’ x 30’ or 720 square feet. Will seat 35+ in a circle, or 50 theater style
* Wood stove/fireplace
* Three window seat “pods” for intimate conversations
* Lovely deck with tables and chairs
* High quality audio system
* Small kitchenette
* Teacher’s loft
* Two beautiful bathrooms, with additional bathrooms in nearby Lodge
The Pavilion has an efficient heat pump for air conditioning and winter heating. An attractive wood stove at one end provides a fire for ambience and/or heat, as desired.
Three sets of French doors open onto the front deck; a matching set opens into the shaded garden area in the back, which can be covered with a rented tent for wedding receptions.
There is an extra charge for the use of the Pavilion.
Gardens & Boathouse
The Boathouse is comfortable with wicker furniture; with additional chairs, it can seat 12 or more. It serves as a breakout room for meetings, a staff hangout, or a massage room. The first couple to be married at Bend of Ivy actually spent their wedding night in the Boathouse loft, so it could be called the Honeymoon Suite, though it requires a taste for the rustic!
The whole pond/garden area provides a wide range of possibilities for reception dining, swimming, reading in a hammock, watching koi and butterflies, or resting on boulders by the waterfall.
* Continuous blooming flowers and foliage, late April through September.
* Rock gardens and a Buddha meditation garden, providing a Zen-like feel to gardens.
* Interactive sculpture area, inviting a practice creating Stonepeople.
Additional accommodations are available in the completely renovated basement of the farmhouse, about 300 feet up the hill from the Lodge. These spaces are accessible by a lighted foot trail that goes up the hill above the Lodge, or by the driveway, which is longer but less steep.
The Studio apartment includes:
* Sleeps five in a double and four twin beds.
* Kitchenette, bathroom, and porch with spectacular East views (think sunrise! And, moonrise!).
* Overlook the Lodge and pond areas.
* Lovely enameled cast iron stove providing additional warmth and soft light.
The Roadhouse, in the back, is a dorm-style area which includes:
* Four Pullman-style single beds in individual booths.
* Spacious spa-like bathroom and tiled shower enclosure.
Generally, the Studio and Roadhouse spaces are only made available as extra housing when the Lodge is completely full, although we sometimes make them available for individual retreats.
In response to many requests, Bend of Ivy Lodge is now offering personal retreats at a very low cost. These retreats are intended for people seeking to deepen a spiritual practice or to spend time in solitude or with another person for creativity or contemplation. Information is available at Personal Retreats at Bend of Ivy.
The following information may provide useful information to clients, facilitators and guests for their Bend of Ivy stay.
For Facilitators, we have a Facilitator Guide of helpful tips and information. Please request the Facilitator Guide if you haven’t yet received it.