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French Chateau Quilting Retreat

7 August 2022

8 days from £2,155pp

Stay at the stunning, 15th Century Chateau des Comtes de Challes and join Pat Archibald for a week of workshops and creativity. Learn new quilting techniques, using Bernina sewing machines, and visit Lyon and Annecy on two included excursions. 

  • Idyllic French chateau location
  • Tour accompanied throughout by Pat Archibald 
  • Wine and coffee included with dinner
  • Use of Bernina machines 
  • Explore Lyon’s silk weaving heritage 
  • Welcome drink in the chateau’s own wine cellars on arrival day
  • Tour accompanied throughout by an Arena Travel Tour Manager
Join Pat Archibald for a week of creativity surrounded by fabulous alpine landscapes.  We’ll be staying at the wonderful Chateau des Comtes de Challes, a stunning 15th Century chateau that has been lovingly restored and retains many of its traditional features. There will be great opportunities to learn new quilting techniques during the four days of workshops, as well as to explore the local area on two included excursions to Lyon and Annecy.

Your Accommodation

Château des Comtes de Challes

The stunning 15th century Château des Comtes de Challes is situated amongst over two hectares of beautiful grounds offering luxurious rooms, a charming atmosphere and a peaceful location. The chateau has been lovingly restored, retaining much of its traditional charming features - which will no doubt inspire your own creativity during your stay. A short 10-minute walk will take you into the centre of Challes-les-Eaux, which is a spa and resort town situated in the valley of the Bauges close to Chambery. 
Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Delicious traditional and local cuisine is freshly prepared by the hotel chef on a daily basis and there is an on-site pool and spa if you fancy a little pampering during your stay. Breakfast is usually taken in the Summer Garden or on the terraces. It is continental with a wonderful range of French pastries, croissants, pain au chocolat and breads, cereals, cheeses, and cold meats, fruits and juices and honey from the hotels own hives. Scrambled egg is served from 08.00 am. The chateau can arrange optional light lunches, which are usually pre-bookable, and a limited option of snacks and sandwiches during the day.
Room Facilities & Amenities
All the bedrooms are individually designed 'charm rooms' offering the following:
  • TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Full tiled bathroom with bath with shower attachment or walk-in shower
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry service
  • Air-conditioning
Room Types
Choose our standard room type for an enjoyable stay in comfortable surroundings, or upgrade to add a little extra luxury to your holiday.

Classic room
These lovely rooms capture the true spirit of the Chateau, combining comfort and charming finishing touches to enhance your stay. Classic rooms are available as a twin or double to share or for sole use.

Enjoy your stay at the Chateau in one of the beautiful suites with exceptional views of the Coomb of Savoie. They are quiet and comfortable, and are available as a double to share or for sole use.