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Autumn 2025 Residential Retreat: 25 October-4 November 2025


We are thrilled to once again be returning to the our very favourite country house hotel, Askham Hall, a family-owned hotel on the edge of the beautiful village of Askham in the English Lake District and just a few minutes drive from our base in Appleby.

Following on from our successful retreats in 2023 and 2024, we can't wait to get back to this incredibly cosy place and stitch to our hearts delight.

Saturday, Oct 25 - ARRIVAL - Retreat starts at 5pm in Edinburgh

Sunday, Oct 26 - TRAVEL & EXCURSION - Depart hotel at 9am. Private tour of Mellerstain House. Arrival at Askham for afternoon tea

Monday, Oct 27 - TUITION

Tuesday, Oct 28 - TUITION

Wednesday, Oct 29 - TUITION

Thursday, Oct 30 - VISIT - Lake District excursion

Friday, Oct 31 - TUITION

Saturday, Nov 1 -  TUITION

Sunday, Nov 2 - TUITION

Monday, Nov 3 - TUITION - Free day with any tutor

Tuesday, Nov 4 - 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, who are working on new designs for this retreat!

Phillipa Turnbull
Kate Barlow

Zina Kazban

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.

Final prices for this retreat are still to be announced. Your deposit secures priority booking access once rooms are released, with the option for a full deposit refund at that point.

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 features 19 bedrooms which 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 5pm on Saturday 25th October 2025 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 south to Askham Hall at 9am the following day.

Departure: The retreat will end at Askham Hall on Tuesday 4th November at 9am. Onward travel will be provided to Penrith Train Station, Edinburgh Airport and our original Edinburgh Hotel (city centre).

"The Crewel Work Company has once again provided a wonderful, fully immersive experience with the techniques, history and cultural activities of the artistry of hand embroidery. Our accommodations at chosen sites are both beautiful and comfortable with excellent dinning experiences. I’m always glad to travel with the Crewel Work Company." - Kelli, 2024 participant

"Fabulous property, delightful accommodations, superb cuisine, & outstanding staff.  - Bonnie, 2024 participant

As always, Crewel Work Residential Retreats are great. Askham Hall was a delight, the Askham staff was great and the food was amazing. The Crewel Work team, Phillipa, Laura and Priti do a fantastic job setting up the retreat and overseeing everything. They were always available, knowledgeable and helpful. The tutors, Jenny Adin-Christie, Natalie Dupuis and Phillipa Turnbull were a delight. Each tutor's project was different, the written instructions are thorough and complete. - Nancy, 2024 participant

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