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Spring Residential - 2-12 March 2024

R 12,325.00


We are thrilled to be returning to the our very favourite country house hotel, Askham Hall, a family-owned hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant in the Lake District and just a few minutes drive from our base in Appleby.

Askham will become our home-from-home for the duration of our stay and the staff at the Hall are ready to make this a truly amazing experience for us.

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)

Download the full itinerary here

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
Sold out

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)

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