Our Story

Family photo in Toby's orchard, Barny, Em, Jonny and George having some fun and smiling together.

A Family Run Business

The Badminton Retreat is a family owned company which along with The Glastonbury Retreat is run from Bartletts Bridge Stud, Cocklake, Wedmore, Somerset.

Founded by husband and wife partnership Barny and Emily Lee, 2020 will be The Retreat’s second year at Badminton after a hugely successful 2019 debut.

The Badminton Retreat is the only official glamping site for the Badminton Horse Trials, to be held on 6th – 10th May 2020.

Eventing Roots

Barny and Emily are no strangers to Badminton. Emily has competed at the prestigious 5* event on several occasions during her professional eventing career. Barny also competed successfully to 4*.

In fact, Barny and Emily first met while competing together on the British Pony Europeans in 1993, winning team Silver. They married in 2005.

Today Emily is a sought after event coach and is a regional under 18 coach in the South West for British Eventing. Barny and Emily are also proud parents to Jonny 11 years and George 7 years.

The Marquee Business

Barny Lee is owner and director of Barny Lee Marquees, The Retreat’s sister company. His respected marquee and furniture hire business has been providing services to the wedding, parties and events industry since 2003.

A stunning clear span marquee at night as the sun sets, next to a lake in a private house. It is busy with people and coloured lights from the marquee are reflected in the water of the lake.

The Retreat Beginnings

In 2017, Barny decided to extend their marquee offerings by setting up a luxury glamping field on the edge of Glastonbury festival. The Glastonbury Retreat was a huge sell out success in 2017 and 2019 and is now a regular fixture in the top end Glastonbury glamping accommodation scene. 

Barny and Em driving the company buggy at the Glastonbury retreat

The Badminton Retreat

With such close ties to Badminton Horse Trials, Barny and Emily felt it was a natural progression to extend the glamping business to provide for the major Three Day Event world.

Both Emily and Barny would like to thank all of the guests and visitors to the 2019 Badminton Retreat.  They and the Retreat team are now looking forward to welcoming you to this little piece of glamping heaven at Huntsmans Close in 2020.

Our exclusive glamping site has limited spaces, book now to avoid disappointment.

Rider jumping in Hunters Close at Badminton Horse Trials