French Chateau Quilting Retreat

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7 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020
Duration: 7 nights
Ref: 20047
With: Pat Archibald

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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 4 days of workshops, as well as to explore the local area on two included excursions to Lyon and Annecy.

DAY 1: LONDON - LYON

Meet Pat and your Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for your British Airways flight to Lyon. 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: WORKSHOPS AT THE CHATEAU

Two full days of quilting workshops at the chateau with your tutor Pat Archibald, with use of Bernina sewing machines.

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

DAY 4: ANNECY

Annecy, the capital of the Haute Savoie region and lying on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, is best known for its old town with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel coloured houses. We’ll spend the morning exploring the town on foot and by boat, before taking some free time for lunch by the lake and shopping. This afternoon we’ll return to the chateau to relax in the peaceful gardens or continue with our quilting projects.

DAY 5: WORKSHOP AT THE CHATEAU

Full day of quilting, relaxing and chatting.

DAY 6: LYON

Today we'll enjoy a full day included trip to Lyon, France's third largest city after Paris and Marseille and the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. The city, which boasts a wealth of historical and architectural landmarks, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and renowned for its illustrious silk weaving heritage.

We'll take a guided tour of The Textile Museum, which has 2000 years of textile history in its collection, including the history of the Lyon silk trade going back to the Renaissance period plus rare Persian rugs, Coptic tapestries and silk from Spain and Italy.

The neighbourhood of Colline de la Croix-Rousse was favoured by Lyon’s weavers. Here we'll see its ‘traboules’, a series of tunnels and passageways once used by weavers to quickly reach the waters of the river. We'll also visit Maison Des Canuts. This charming museum, complete with a range of full-size looms from every era of Lyon’s silk weaving timeline, tells the story of the city’s silk trade over the past five centuries.

DAY 7: WORKSHOP AT THE CHATEAU

Final Workshop day for quilting, relaxing and chatting.

DAY 8: LYON - LONDON

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

PRICES:

Twin/double share: £1895 per person
Single supplement: £185
Suite upgrade supplement: £379 per room (Please call to request)
Deposit: £250 per person

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return international flights from London Heathrow with Lyon with one piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights in good 3* accommodation on a half board basis
  • ¼ bottle of wine with evening meal and coffee each day
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Tourist tax
  • Full day visit to Lyon including entrance to Musee des Tissus & Maison des Conuts
  • Half day visit to Annecy with boat trip
  • 4 full day workshops with Pat Archibald including the use of Bernina machines
  • The services of an experienced tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED:

Workshop materials, meals and drinks other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.

NON-CRAFTERS

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

WHY NOT MEET US THERE?

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.

THE "STITCH TOGETHER" PROGRAMME

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.

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Chateau des Comtes de Challes ★★★

The stunning 15th century Chateau 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. 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. 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.

GUEST ROOMS

All 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

*Please note that English speaking channels are limited.