February can be such an odd month. January’s resolutions are long since broken and the promise of spring seems a long time away. The good news is that the remaining days of winter are the perfect time to do something completely different!
Gliffaes Country Hotel and Beacons Creative Retreats have partnered up to offer you a space to explore your artistic, literary and creative talents. Here you can try your hand at a number of different creative and inspiring workshops, including leatherwork, basketmaking, screen printing, honing your writing skills, and many more. We have selected inspiring after-dinner speakers to entertain and inform you. In addition you will learn cooking skills with Gliffaes chef Karl Cheetham, get to find out exactly how to prepare your book or novel for publication, and even learn the arts of botanical illustration! Your booking will include 3 days and 2 nights at Gliffaes, all food and refreshments, workshops of your choice and lots more surprises. For full details of all the workshops and how to book, see www.beaconsretreats.com
The weekend retreat and all the workshops will be taking place in the Gliffaes Hotel, a family run, four star country house hotel situated in 33 acres of mature woodland and gardens above the river Usk. About 45 minutes from the Severn Bridge at the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons and close to the market town of Crickhowell. The hotel has plenty of indoor and outdoor space for all the workshops on offer and you will be very comfortable in one of the 23 individually decorated rooms. The hotel has five types of rooms priced according to size and many of them can be twinned which makes sharing with a friend over the weekend possible.
The rates quoted below include all your meals from tea on Friday afternoon to lunch Sunday as well as all the workshops you wish to attend over the weekend.
Luxury doubles with a river view (we have two of these magnificent rooms, one of which can be twinned)
Single occupancy – £663 and double occupancy £1086
Large doubles with a river view (we have two of these, both of which can be twinned)
Single occupancy – £628 and double occupancy £1051
Four poster room with garden view (one only)
Single occupancy – £628 and double occupancy £1051
Large doubles with garden view (four of these, all of which can be twinned)
Single occupancy – £598 and double occupancy £1021
Classic doubles with garden and courtyard views ( nine of these, five of them can be twinned)
Single occupancy – £553 and double occupancy £991
Small doubles (five of these, one can be twinned)
Single occupancy – £533 and double occupancy £971
The simplest way to book is to ring the hotel (01874 730 371) and book what size of room you fancy. You will be asked to pay a 50% deposit. The deposit will become non-refundable after the 1st September 2019 if you cancel your place after that date. If we re-sell your place you will be refunded in full.
Should you wish to book on-line you can reserve you stay by purchasing a voucher for the retreat through the hotel’s gift voucher gateway.
We are Emma Bevan and Adele Nozedar of Brecon Beacons Retreats. Respectively an artist and a writer, we wanted to make the sort of space that we would want to go to, ourselves, which would inspire our own creative practices. Gliffaes Country Hotel, a dream of a place set in the breathtakingly gorgeous Brecon Beacons, IS that perfect place, giving you real freedom to explore your own literary and artistic talents. Freedom to breathe and be inspired!
As a writer, I know that inspiration never strikes whilst I’m twiddling my thumbs staring (desperately) out of the window, but when I’m actively engaged doing something completely unrelated. I know that this is true for Emma, too. When you come to our retreat, you will have the freedom to choose exactly what you want to do. You might want to book onto as many workshops as possible, or you might prefer some proper peace and quiet – or a bit of both. It’s up to you during the 3 wonderful days and 2 relaxing nights that you will spend with us.
Here are the workshops and talks that we have planned. As well as this there will be after-dinner speakers too.
Leather work with Terry Owen
Willow Weaving – make a Catalan basket with Sarah Adby
How To Write A Killer Synopsis – Adele Nozedar
Botanical Illustration with Lizzie Harper
Needle Felt iconic creatures in 3D – Emma Bevan
Guided Nature Walk – Julie Bell
Writing to Persuade – Philippa Davies
Splitting, stacking and storing firewood with James Suter
Knitting and peg-look weaving with Helen Hickman
How To Get Your Book Published – Christopher Wold
Printing on fabric with Rachel Cadman
Still life painting with Karin Mear
How Publishers Work – Simon Hicks
Spoon carving with Lewis Goldwater
Cooking with Gliffaes chef Karl Cheetham
(There could well be some surprises along the way and some extra workshops and activities on a day-by day basis).
We are planning to fully open from May 17th
We are also planning to offer outdoor lunch on the terrace from May 1st. (No details as yet)
Boris has spoken and it sounds as if ENGLAND will not be opening hotels until 17th May, I assume WALES will follow suit.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.