It had long been Vivien’s ambition to set up a detox programme here in the UK that would rival those that she had herself undertaken up to 20 years previously in the USA featuring colonic hydrotherapy, specialist herbal supplements and juice fasting.
Vivien’s vision came to life in September 2000, and we started our successful tailor-made holistic retreats which brought together some of the benefits of detoxifying treatments. As we progressed and gathered together a great team of therapists, many of whom specialised in detox therapies, we took this a step further by putting together the Detox Experience Programme which ran successfully until October 2012. This was followed by the very successful 5 day Ultimate Detox which ran concurrently with our Detox Experience Weekends. The retreats packages were then completed when we added the Daily Detox Plan, a one day detox for those who just need a refresher or who want to see what our longer packages entail.
These successful programmes have now been replaced with our all new detox plans. These have been put together once again using our wealth of experience, but also with clients’ needs and requests in mind. Our Essentials plan is aimed at clients that want to detox, want the benefits of our knowledge and experience, but also want to include treatments of their choice. Our new inch and weight loss plans feature a one-to-one consultation in which we check your weight, blood pressure and if requested check your cholesterol levels, as well as a range of treatments aimed at targeting inch-loss and detoxing the body. Our main aim is that our detox plans offer all the major benefits of a detox without being too extreme, as well as the benefits of a retreat - to detox the mind as well as the body.
“Alliblaster” - A strange and unusual name.
We thought so when we moved here so we set out to find out exactly what it means. We thought that originally it was called Alabaster House (like the type of marble) and that at some point in its history the name had been corrupted due to local dialect. This is not the case. Some investigation reveals that the word “Alliblaster” and the house’s original name is in fact an old French term for a crossbowman.
The site of this house has been lived on from the time of the Norman invasion and its final name seems to have stemmed from William Le Alblaster (1279).
The view from the garden is also uninterrupted to the South Downs (some 14 miles as the crow flies) and the Chanctonbury ring (a circular Roman hill fort now covered in trees) giving speculation that it was used as a semaphore post in Roman times. This is backed up with the discovery of a Fosse, or earth moat, in the field opposite.
The modern house you see today was built around the mid 1800s and can lay claim to one or two unique features. Firstly, it was one of the first houses in the country to have a form of central heating. This was steam powered and the water was taken from a deep well which is still outside the back door.
The second unusual feature was that it had an enclosed squash court with a glass roof. It was to the right of the house from the front elevation and was converted in the 1970s by the last owner Mrs Aitcheson, who ran the house as a retirement home until 1999.
Another curious fact about the house is that in the woods across the field lies a Pagan altar stone.
We purchased the house in 2000 and set about a lengthy and still ongoing restoration project. Being fortunate enough to occupy such a fabulous country house is an honour and we are constantly reinvesting in the maintenance and refurbishment of the property so that it will be here for another 200 years!
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Alliblaster House is a beautiful 18th century Sussex style country house set in 9 acres of lush countryside.