In 2007 we set up our textile retreat so that we could focus on what we love most: the very best of workshops at our idyllic rural getaway, great organic food combined with an enthusiastic outlook on life. More than a decade later we are as passionate as ever and have earned a reputation for excellence amongst both amateur and professional artists/crafters who share our passions. Guests are welcome to kick back and relax over their morning cup of coffee before the studio session commences, or indulge in a glass or two of wine at the end of the creative day should they wish; it is a holiday as well after all.
Essential to the success of our workshops are the members of Les Soeurs Anglaises. We share an ability to work and play hard, whilst embracing the opportunity of welcoming new and familiar faces from all over the world.
KATIE ELLIOTT ARMITAGE, Directrice/Organiser/Cook
Experience: DipAD Graphics, Interior Design, Paper Conservation, Textile collector & collagist.
Desert Island Dish: Fresh homemade pasta with garlic & lemon.
Favourite holiday destination: St Lucia
Dream Date: Tom Hiddleston
Top Tipple: Fresh Carrot & Apple Juice
Favourite Book of the Year: “Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh
Favourite Film of the Year: “Brooklyn”
Hidden Talent: Making the perfect mayonnaise
SUSIE BOLTON NASH, Sommelier/Shop Organiser/Cook
Experience: Production Manager on films and commercials
Desert Island Dish: Curry
Favourite Destination: Sydney
Dream Dinner Date: Leonardo DiCaprio
Top Tipple: Punt e Mes
Favourite Film of the Year: “Hell or High Water!”
Favourite Book of the Year: “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalinithi
Hidden Talent: Keeping secrets
CAROL TEMPLE, Travel Co-ordinator/Cook
Experience: Deputy Head Teacher
Desert Island dish: Spinach and lemon risotto
Favourite Destination: India
Dreamy Dinner Date: Peter Kaye
Favourite Film this year: "The Danish Girl"
Favourite Book read this year: “The Elephant Moon” by John Sweeney
Top Tipple: Champagne
Hidden talent: Diplomacy
LIZ BOLTON, Silver Yoga Teacher
Experience: Iyengar-style trained yoga teacher since 2014
Desert Island dish: Gazpacho
Favourite holiday destination: France
Dream Date: William Boyd
Top Tipple: Sauvignon served ice cold
Favourite Book of the Year: "The Vegetarian" by Han Kung
Favourite Film of the Year: "Hell or Highwater"
Hidden talent: Self deception!