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Budapest and Slovakia Quilting Retreat

22 April 2022

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An exciting opportunity to explore Hungary’s beautiful capital and learn about its textile industry before journeying to Slovakia where you’ll enjoy four fabulous days of quilting in workshops with expert Karin Hellaby at the elegant Chateau Bela.
  • Enjoy inspirational machine-quilting workshops with Karin Hellaby
  • Stitch in our lovely workshop room, using Bernina sewing machines
  • Spend a full day in Budapest, discovering the highlights with a local guide
  • Discover the story of Hungary's textile industry at the Goldberger Textile Museum
  • Visit the arts town of Szentendre and discover traditional Kékfestö fabrics
  • Enjoy a wine tasting with Chateau Belas sommelier

Crafted for Quilters

Specially designed for quilters, this Stitchtopia quilting holiday is the ideal opportunity to indulge in your favourite hobby and pick up some new crafty tips and tricks. Our talented quilting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

Budapest and Slovakia Quilting Retreat

This tour combines textile related visits in Budapest, Hungary and Szentendre, Slovakia with four days of workshops with Karin Hellaby, using Bernina sewing machines. We’ll also have a full day of sightseeing in Budapest, exploring both sides of the river Danube, Buda and Pest. Our accommodation in Slovakia, and location for our workshops, is the historic 5-star Chateau Bela. Set within its own grounds and boasting its own wine cellar, Finnish sauna and steam room this really is a sumptuous location to work on your sewing projects.

With Karin Hellaby:

Slovakia is a new country for me to visit and I am very much looking forward to spending a few days in the peaceful surroundings of the Chateau Bela.

I have designed three quilt projects which can be made in various sizes from table runner to a large bed quilt. These use my pineapple, Hexagon, delectable mountains and migrating geese techniques, the latter two as row designs. Inspiration has been drawn from the beautiful Slovakian mountains, the migrating autumnal birds as well as the gorgeous blue dyed Hungarian Kékfestö fabrics which can be purchased en route.

A requirements list will be sent to you beforehand and I am happy to discuss this with you should you have your own ideas on using my designs. You may also wish to bring your own projects to work on.

This will be an exciting holiday as we journey through Hungary, exploring Budapest and Szentendre, before crossing the border into Slovakia. I hope you will join me for this new quilting retreat. - Karin Hellaby

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Continental Hotel, Budapest


The 4-star Superior Continental Hotel combines traditional hospitality with all the expectations of the 21st century guest. Designed to be a green oasis away from the city; the hotel combines art nouveau, art deco and modern designs.  

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Hotel facilities include bar, garden, terrace, sauna, steam bath, fitness centre, massage, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.
Room Facilities & Amenities

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • WIFI
  • Sound proofed windows
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hair dryer

Chateau Bela, Slovakia


The historic 5-star Chateau Bela is set amongst a sweeping park landscape in Southern Slovakia. The 44 rooms and suites are individually decorated in warm tones using carefully selected materials and the finest fabrics. All bedrooms are equipped with Wifi, satellite TV, minibar and safe. Hotel facilities include bar, garden, terrace, sauna, steam bath, fitness centre, massage, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, non-smoking rooms, lift/elevator, safety deposit box, luggage storage, garage, children playground, private cinema. There are also a number of activities available at the hotel including a sauna, steam bath, fitness centre, massage, outdoor swimming pool, snooker table, table football, tennis, Segway, BBQ facilities.
Room Facilities & Amenities

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Wifi
  • satellite TV
  • minibar
  • safe