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Creative Escapes With The Crafty Owl

Weekend Craft Retreats

Fancy a weekend away, full of crafting and good company? Does getting away from everyone and everything and having some ME time appeal? How about 2 whole days of crafting and making new projects? If all of this sounds attractive then a luxury weekend of crafting and a Creative Escape with The Crafty Owl sounds just the thing for you.

Where is the retreat held?

The venue for the Craft Retreat is the award-winning Highgate House Hotel, conveniently located just off junction 1 of the A14 in Northamptonshire.

Set in beautiful grounds it is the perfect destination for a getaway; gorgeous surroundings, good food and your own stylish bedroom for the night.

Its central location in Creaton, Northamptonshire can be easily accessed via the M1 (junction 16/19) and the M6 – making it a perfect destination break for you and your friends from afar.

What is included?

The Creative Escape package includes an overnight stay and all food for the weekend, lunches, snacks, evening meal and breakfast together with unlimited tea and coffee. You have 2 full days of crafting with your own table for the whole weekend – no need to tidy away! Bliss!

A goody bag of Stampin’ Up! crafting supplies is also part of the package and will be more than £100 in value. The supplies will enable you to complete the projects for the classes run throughout the weekend and you'll have lots left over to take home too!

The Classes

The classes offered during the weekend are optional. The weekend is yours, so you can choose to keep with class pace or do your own thing. There is no requirement to complete everything, you can do exactly what you want – chat, craft, chill … the choice is yours. Choose to craft at every possible moment, or take a break for a walk or a drink in the lounge – it’s all up to you.

Spaces are limited so book your spot today to avoid disappointment, all the retreats listed are partially filled, so don’t delay!

2020 Craft Retreat Dates

Booking is currently open for the following dates:

7-8th  March 2020 - Closed

3-4th October 2020 - Booking now open!

Fully inclusive price for 1 nights accommodation,  with buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday, followed by breakfast and a 3 course dinner on Sunday. It also includes unlimited tea, coffee & snacks, 4 crafting classes and a goody bag worth more than £100 full of Stampin’ Up! products.

How do I book?

Sounds like your kind of fun? Email to [email protected] and I will contact you to confirm if space is available and payment details. Your hotel room will need to be paid for to the hotel in full at the time of booking and this will secure your retreat place. The remaining balance will be paid to me directly thereafter; this amount can be split into monthly payments (depending on when you book). Please note there is a cancellation fee should you need to cancel.

Rates for the weekend are as follows:

Single occupancy (single room) is £336 per person or
Double occupancy (twin room) is £316 per person

The Boring but Important Stuff

Places are secured on a first come, first served basis when the initial room payment (£176.40 single/£152.40 pp twin) has been received by the hotel. The second balancing payment needs to be received within 1 month of this date or in agreed monthly instalments, and in any event no later than 6 weeks before the course start date. If payments have not been received within the stated timescales, I will assume you are cancelling your place and apply the appropriate cancellation fees (see below).

All prices are inclusive of VAT, set at the current rate of 20%. Should this change, the final price of the Craft Retreat will also change.

If you wish to cancel your confirmed booking, I will make every effort to resell your place. Where your place cannot be resold, cancellation charges will be made as follows:

  • Cancellation more than 12 weeks before the event: 50% of the booking value

  • Cancellation between 12 and 6 weeks before the event: 80% of the booking value

  • Cancellation between 6 weeks and the event itself, including non-arrivals: 100% of the booking value

The cancellation fee will be based on when I receive notification to cancel from you in writing and is to cover outgoing costs to the venue and the product kit ordered prior to the event.

Should I need to need to cancel the event at short notice a refund will not be provided. This will only be due to sickness or extreme unforeseen circumstances. You may use the hotel facilities as booked and paid for. Goody bags will be shipped to you at my cost (provided full payment has been received).



If a Creative Escape With The Crafty Owl sounds appealing, I can assure you I am committed to delivering you a fabulous crafting experience. But don't just take my word for it; read on to hear what previous attendees have had to say:

“My friend and I went on a ‘Crafty Owl’ crafting retreat last October. We had a wonderful weekend, crafting from morning until late in the evening - so much fun! We met some truly lovely ladies & laughed until we ached. Joanne made the weekend very special and although everything ran like clockwork, it was evident how much work she had put in behind the scenes. We will definitely be going on the next one!!!”
Linda, Oxfordshire. 

“I went on the crafting retreat in October last year. I had no idea what it would be like and have to say it far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I’m always nervous being around people I don't know but within the first hour of being there the atmosphere was chilled, people were chatting and we were in full swing with our crafting. Joanne is a patient and lovely lady when explaining and helping us create our amazing Christmas crafts. I enjoyed every second of the 2 days I was there and made friends with every lovely lady that was there, and am looking forward to going again in March.” Tammy, Staffordshire. 

“I went on a Craft weekend in October last year. What a fantastic way of spending a weekend away, fabulous crafts to do. Although I loved all the crafts my favourites were the star decoration and the wreath. Joanne is very patient with us and gives clear instructions, when we can hear her above the laughter. I personally cannot wait to go again to see what delights she can give us to make next time.” Gill, Northamptonshire.

“I had the most wonderful time at my first ever craft retreat!!! I suffer with anxiety but within the first hour I was put at ease having lots of laughter and sharing tips!! Joanne James is a fab hostess and nothing was too much trouble - she even brought extra supplies just in case!! I made some lovely new friends and can't wait to see them in March !!” Dawn, Northamptonshire

“A really enjoyable event with lots of crafting activities to do. Joanne was very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble.” Verity, Leicestershire

“I went on a Crafty Owl weekend retreat in October with my friend. It was fabulous and we made lots of different items to keep. We were very busy all the time along with laughing a lot & chatting. It was lovely to be with a really super bunch of like- minded ladies. Joanne must have worked so hard for days to get the things she brought to show us as well the preparations for ‘our projects’. Thank you I really appreciate it and will most certainly be there again. Well done Joanne.” Maureen, Northamptonshire

"I cannot praise Joanne enough for her organisational skills, the choice of hotel, the delicious food, etc. to the terrific cards, boxes and Christmas ornaments we made. It was amazing how many things we managed to make as it seemed that most of time, we, as a whole group, seemed to be laughing and enjoying enjoying ourselves so much. This was my first weekend retreat with Joanne, and I hope it will be the first of many. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who enjoys papercrafting and meeting new people. I am still in touch with the lovely ladies I met last October, and cannot wait to see them all again at the next retreat. Thank you Joanne!" Kathy, Northamptonshire