French Chateau Crochet Retreat

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12 May 2019 - 19 May 2019
Duration: 7 nights
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With: Lucy of Attic24


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Single Supplement: £175
Deposit: £250

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Due to unprecedented demand we are adding another opportunity for you to spend a week with Lucy, crochet designer and blogger at Attic24, at the wonderful Chateau des Comtes de Challes, located in the Savoy region of France. During 4 days of workshops Lucy's projects will take you step-by-step through colour theory as well as giving you the opportunity to create some cherished mementos of your time together. Excursions to nearby Chambery on market day and to Aix les Bains and Hautecombe Abbey offer the opportunity for further crochet inspiration and a chance to explore the local area.

You’re sure to rejoice in these beautiful and majestic surroundings, all whilst improving upon your crochet talent!

The stunning 15th century Chateau des Comtes de Challes makes the perfect setting for your French crochet retreat, combining a charming atmosphere with plenty of great opportunities to improve upon your crochet skills with the expert guidance of Lucy of Attic24. The Chateau itself has been faithfully 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. Here you can take a bath in the sulphur rich waters of the thermal baths or chance your luck at the casino, or take a leisurely walk through the park or around the lake. There is a small selection of shops in this typical French town that include a patisserie, boulangerie, tabac, bank, supermarket and a couple of cafes and a pizzeria.

With so much to do, learn and see, all in the charming Alpine setting of the Chateau- this wonderful French crochet retreat is not to be missed!


Lucy's workshops will focus on circles, creating crochet mandalas, a cushion cover and a dream catcher. This will be combined with learning all about how to use colour in your crochet, studying tonal values and shade reference using a mix of bright and pastel yarns.

Read more about Lucy

Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Lucy shares her passion for crochet, colour and yarn on her blog, Attic24.

Winner of Favourite Crochet blog and Favourite Crochet Designer in the British Knitting Awards 2016 and 2017, Lucy celebrated 10 years of her blog in March 2018. Lucy loves to inspire creativity in others and is best known for her blankets, in nature-inspired colour palettes, which she designs, makes and shares the patterns for on her blog.


Meet your Tour Manager and Lucy at London Heathrow airport for your British Airways flight to Geneva (12-19 May) or Lyon (21-28 April). On arrival, we'll transfer by private coach to Challes les Eaux and our base for the week, Chateau des Comtes de Challes.

DAYS 2 & 3

Two full days of workshops at the chateau with Lucy, details of the projects and equipment required will be advised nearer the time.

During our stay you we'll enjoy a wine tasting in the chateau’s cellar with the hotel’s sommelier.


Enjoy an included excursion to the thermal town of Aix-les-Bains. As well as having time to spend in the town we'll take a boat trip on Lake Bourget to Hautecombe Abbey, where we take a guided tour.

DAYS 5 & 6

Two full days of crocheting, relaxing and chatting with Lucy.


This morning we'll enjoy an included visit to delightful Chambery, the capital of the Alps, on market day. There will be leisure time to browse and explore this quaint old town after a guided tour during which we'll learn all about its long rich history.

This afternoon you will return to the chateau to continue your projects.


This morning we'll transfer back to the Airport to check-in for our return flight to London Heathrow Airport.


21st - 28th April 2019
Twin Room: £1595 per person
Single Supplement: £175
Deposit: £250 per person

12th - 19th May 2019


  • Return British Airways economy flights from London Heathrow with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation at the Chateau des Comtes de Challes
  • Buffet breakfast, 3 course evening meal with ¼ bottle wine and coffee included each day
  • Tourist tax
  • Four full-day workshops with Lucy
  • Workshop materials
  • Excursion to Aix les Bains with a cruise on Lake Bourget and guided tour of Hautecombe Abbey
  • Excursion to Chambery
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • The services of an experienced tour manager who will accompany the tour throughout


Meals and drinks other than those specified, 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:
Europe - £50


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


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 >>

Chateau des Comtes de Challes, Savoy, France

This 15th century château has been lovingly restored to reflect its history with the period fireplace and exposed beams in the dining room, and the stone columns and flooring haven't budged.


All of the bedrooms are 'charm rooms' and are of character, with each room being individually designed, and 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

*Please note that English speaking channels are limited.


Dinner each evening is a set 3-course meal with ¼ bottle of wine and coffee included. There is a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian dish for your main. It is important to choose your main dish in advance as the chef goes to the market every morning to buy fresh ingredients for the menu of the day and uses local products from the region. For these reasons, and because the château accommodates just 58 rooms the choice of menu will be limited. If you do not wish to drink wine you will be offered a soft drink or water of the same value.


The hotel consists of three buildings situated close to each other: the main chateau, the Demeure du Parc and the Orangerie. Please note: there is only 1 lift which is situated in the building Demeure du Parc and there are some ground floor rooms in the Orangerie. The rooms in the main chateau and the Orangerie are on 1 or 2 floors and are accessed by steps. It is very important that you advise us if you have any walking difficulties so that a suitable room can be arranged for you.