Askham Hall Sharing Rooms
2-12 March 2024
10 days of needlework heaven in the stunning English Lake District with your hosts Phillipa & Laura Turnbull, as well as guest tutors Jenny Adin-Christie and Natalie Dupuis.
Sharing rooms start at £5,500, with 50% payable upon confirmation.
Day 0 - ARRIVAL - Retreat starts at 5.30pm in Edinburgh
Day 1 - TRAVEL & EXCURSION - Depart hotel at 9am. Private tour of Traquair House with coffee. Visit Great Tapestry of Scotland Museum with lunch. Arrival at Askham for afternoon tea
Day 2 - TUITION - Tuition with Jenny Adin-Christie Or Phillipa Turnbull
Day 3 - TUITION - Tuition with Jenny Adin-Christie Or Phillipa Turnbull
Day 4 - EXCURSION - Muncaster Castle Study Day
Day 5 - TUITION - Tuition with Jenny Adin-Christie Or Natalie Dupuis
Day 6 - TUITION - Tuition with Jenny Adin-Christie Or Natalie Dupuis
Day 7 - EXCURSION - Optional trip to the Lake District
for shopping & sightseeing
Day 8 - TUITION - Tuition with Natalie Dupuis or Phillipa Turnbull
Day 9 - TUITION - Tuition with Natalie Dupuis or Phillipa Turnbull
Day 10 - Retreat ends at Askham Hall at 9am. Onward travel included to: Penrith Train Station, Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Hotel (city centre)
We will be joined by three world-class embroidery tutors for this retreat.
Phillipa Turnbull, Muncaster Parrot - Phillipa will teach a new crewel work design based on the the flamboyant Parrot featured in the Muncaster Bed Hanging.
Jenny Adin-Christie, Puffin- Jenny will teach her glamorous Puffin design.
Natalie Dupuis, White Lily in Silk and Metal Thread - Natalie will be teaching a new Goldwork design based on an inlaid box from Muncaster Castle. Natalie will stitch this symmetrical design with silver threads, silk threads, and tiny beads on to green silk.
Accommodation & Food
10 nights Full board accommodation throughout, with 1 night in Edinburgh and 9 nights at Askham Hall
Tuition & Kits
6 full days of tuition, Workshop kits, Loan of a frames, magnifying light and other equipment, Refreshments during class, and a goody bag
Excursions & Lectures
Stately home and castle visits, day out in the Lake District, Lectures and informal stitching sessions, as well as optional walks and Lake District visits
Coach travel to and from Edinburgh airport and necessary travel as per the programme
You can see a full list of bedrooms on the Askham Hall website. You will be given a choice of bedrooms to select from once you have chosen your price band.
Single Occupancy (prices are per person)
Standard - £9,000
Medlar, Quince, Parkview, Stable, Old Playroom, Cedar
Deluxe - £9,500
Griffin, Sycamore, Tackroom, Old Dressing Room, Yew
Suite - £9,950
Executive Suite - £10,950
Admiral's Room, Lonsdale
Double Occupancy (prices are per person)
Standard - £5,500
Deluxe - £6,000
Suite - £6,500
Train Room, Wellingtonia
Askham Hall is a family-owned Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel situated on the edge of beautiful Askham village and in the heart of the Lowther Family Estate. Currently run by Hon. Charles Edwin Lowther, Askham has become one of the finest culinary destinations in Britain in recent years.
Originally a family home, Askham's 19 bedrooms are all individually decorated and have a warm, welcoming feel. There have been many royal guests over the years, including Prince Philip, who slept in The Admiral's Room every year for 30 years whilst competing at the annual Lowther Show.
Arrival: The retreat will officially begin at 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd March 2024 at our Edinburgh Hotel, where we will spend our first night. We recommend flying to Edinburgh Airport, which is a 30 minute taxi journey to the hotel (we will provide transfers from Edinburgh Airport and local train stations). We will then travel north to Askham Hall at 9am the following day.
Departure: The retreat will end at Askham Hall on Tuesday 12th March at 9am. Onward travel will be provided to Penrith Train Station, Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Hotel (city centre).
"Thank you for this extraordinary retreat which surpasses all my expectations. This is really a dream come true: perfect organisation, talented tutors, excellent food, superb service. In other words a perfect world: just us and embroidery. Nothing else to worry about." - Genevieve, Belgium 2017, 2018 and 2019 Spring Residential Retreat participant (Lake District retreat)
"A big thank is due to you for one of the most stimulating and interesting week that I have had for some time. The mixture of nationalities was great and created interesting conversations, other than embroidery! - Jean, 2018 & 2019 Spring Residential Retreat participant (Lake District retreat)