Craft Sanctuary – brought to you by Stitchtopia holidays

Prices from £389


21 Jun 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
Duration: 2 nights
Ref: 19065
With: Kate Barlow


Prices from £389
Single Supplement: £49
Deposit: £189

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New for 2019! We are delighted to have teamed up with Craft Sanctuary to bring you this embroidery retreat. Taking place in the picturesque Beaumont Estate, close to Old Windsor, this 2-night escape is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby.

Take part in four workshops across the weekend with Royal School of Needlework qualified tutor, Kate Barlow:

The pretty design you will be working on uses crewel wool and beading to create a fun and colourful embroidery. On the first day we’ll cover a variety of surface stitches including heavy chain, fly, cretan, satin and pistil stitches as well as woven and whipped wheels. On the second day we’ll embellish the piece with seed and bugle beads to add another dimension and a little sparkle.

Kate Barlow

Kate grew up in North Wales and originally studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this she worked as a freelance costume maker at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. Kate has always loved hand embroidery and got the stitching bug from her Nan at an early age, so in 2013 she decided to take the plunge and re-train as an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction in 2016. During the course she studied many traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, Jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading. In 2015 Kates Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition. The piece was also made into a greetings card. Last year Kate filmed the RSNs first online course in silk shading.

Kate loves to design her own embroidery kits, using traditional techniques in a contemporary way. She also likes to combine her embroidery with her love of historical dress, creating kits based on original pieces. Her classes cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers.


Arrive from 3pm
7.30pm Dinner


7-9am Breakfast
9.30am-12.30pm Workshop
12.30-1.30pm Buffet Lunch
1.30-4.30pm Workshop
7pm Dinner


7-9am Breakfast
9.30am-12pm Workshop
12-1pm Buffet Lunch
1-4pm Workshop


Twin/Double room: £389 per person
Single supplement: £49
Deposit: £189 per person

Upgraded rooms are also available for an additional supplement. Please call if you would like to request an upgraded room. Please note that these are subject to availability.

Superior Room: £99 per person
Deluxe room in Old School House: £159 per person
Deluxe room in White House: £219 per person
Suite: £289 per person

We have also secured some adapted rooms at the hotel. Please call if you would like to request an adapted room.

Please note: Guests should be aware that, due to the layout of the hotel, the wing containing the meeting rooms and the wing containing the guest accommodation are in different areas of the hotel. They should anticipate 5-10 mins walk between their bedroom and the workshop venue and restaurant.


  • 2 nights full board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • Tea/coffee and snacks throughout the weekend
  • 12 hours of tuition from a Royal School of Needlework qualified tutor
  • Kit for workshops, sponsored by


Drinks unless otherwise stated, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.


Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
UK- £25


For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

Find out more about our "Stitch Together"programme >>

De Vere Beaumont Estate

The story of De Vere Beaumont Estate is a very British one; tales of democracy, royalty, education and religion are interwoven into the hotel’s rich history. At its heart sits an 18th century mansion, a chapel and a Georgian white house set in 40 acres of landscaped parkland grounds. Today this historic country estate boasts a wealth of original features along with modern amenities and 21st century style. Seasonal, locally sourced and freshly prepared meals await you for breakfast, lunch and dinner with unlimited tea, coffee and snacks available to keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Free wifi is available throughout the hotel. A fully equipped gym and swimming pool is open daily.