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!