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Country House Crafting Retreats in rural Hertfordshire

Residential workshop breaks, craft, sewing, knitting, papercrafting and scrapbooking

About the Course

This is a workshop style weekend where you bring your own papercrafting, scrapbooking or knitting, wool/needlecraft projects with you, with no formal classes. The breakout sessions are informal and optional, giving you plenty of time to work on your projects.

Crafting breaks in a country house in rural Hertfordshire

Close to road and rail links, with 22 acres of beautiful grounds.

Do you never have time to craft and need some 'me time' to relax and get some of those unfinished projects done?

This break is for you.... Hosted by me, Linda, passionate crafter and owner of Memories and Photos.

* Large table for each delegate, plenty of room to scrapbook, knit, sew, stick & cut....whatever your craft is...
* Full board included, delicious home cooked food
* Twin and single ensuite rooms
* Unlimited tea, coffee, fruit teas, plus homemade cake and biscuits
* Uninterrupted crafting time, 24 hour craft room (if you choose!)
* Friendly atmosphere
* Onsite paper craft shop
* Free mini classes to inspire you
* Free Wifi
* Massage therapist
* Close to M1, M25, Railway station (10 mins) and Luton Airport (20 mins)

Book your place with just a £50 deposit

Pay the balance by Direct debit in equal monthly instalments, or pay the full balance 8 weeks before..

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Its just £235 per person sharing a twin room with a friend, or pay £45 extra for a single room.

This is an all-inclusive price for the whole weekend, your ensuite bedroom, food, free wifi, personal crafting space in the conference room, activities* and breakout sessions* and access to 22 acres of grounds to walk in.

Food includes:
Friday: Evening dinner
Saturday: Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
Sunday: Continental breakfast and sunday lunch
Refreshments: Unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and biscuits
The chef can cater to all dietary requirements and the venue holds a 5 star rating for hygiene.
Disabled access, and adapted bedrooms are available.


Linda Gransby at Memories and Photos
35 Russell Way
Leighton Buzzard
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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Friday 4.30pm to Sunday 4.30pm

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In-person course
- - #26177

Brilliant weekend. Great venue, delicious food. So good to lay out all your bits and leave them there all weekend. The best part, though is the company. Lots of like minded ladies, all willing to share their expertise.
Linda is a lovely person who makes it all happen and shares our love of crafting of all kinds.

In-person course
- - #26176

Such a lovely weekend, first time I’d been with my friend and it was clear that this was a regular retreat for some ladies - they made us feel so welcome, great value for money, accommodation was clean and tidy (and you hardly spend any time in your room when you have 24hr access to your projects). Food was tasty and lots of it (loved the homemade cakes on offer all day), beautiful grounds to walk in, I’ve not found anything quite like it that gives you the freedom and space to do your own projects you’ve brought with you, we’ll definitely be back!

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- - #25190

Just back from four days here, my first longer stay. Had a wonderful time, relaxed, shared and learned skills& made friends.
It’s a lovely place to stay, good food and pleasant grounds to wander in. I managed to complete a lot of scrapbooking, my favourite craft. Having room to spread everything out and interrupted time to work is great. Highly recommended. I have booked two weekends for next year and may try to squeeze in another.

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- - #25186

Another fab weekend had by all. Super location, accommodation and food. Looking forward to the three booked for next year.

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- - #24516

Excellent weekend. Took my sewing machine and had fun with everyone. Lots of laughter. I go four times a year and next year slipping another one in.
Made fab friends and love that I can do a variety of crafts. Linda the host is fantastic and makes sure everyone is looked after at a fab venue.

In-person course
- - #24512

Wonderful craft weekend as always making new friends and revisiting old friends, great mix of crafts and sharing of ideas. Thank you Linda for being such a great host and look forward to the next one.

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- - #24504

Great value for money, lovely atmosphere and well organised. Linda takes care of the details so you can devote your time and attention to your crafting. This is my second visit and my only slight negative this time is that the lighting is poor in the main craft room when daylight fades. As Linda suggests, you must take your own table top lighting.

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- - #23695

Great weekend away, large table to spread out, great people really helpful, plenty of food.
I have a great time every time with lovely (and funny) people.
If crafting is your thing then I can highly recommend this weekend.

In-person course
- - #23686

One of the highlights of my year !!! I share a room with my mum, which is fun in itself ! From start to finish it’s full on fun and crafting... we try and stay up as late as possible to get as much done. Crafting rooms are huge with plenty of space to spread out. The food is excellent and plentiful!! You can have a go at different workshops and learn something new. I love the page challenges, the page swaps and the evening game/quiz . All set in beautiful grounds and run by the very lovely Linda. What’s not to like??

In-person course
- - #23628

Most fabulous weekend away. I only make it once a year but love the friendly atmosphere, useful advice and all in comfortable surroundings with good food and such good value for money. You must keep them up Linda!

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- - #23611

Wonderful weekend when I can relax and craft with likeminded ladies. Lovely setting, fantastic food and short classes if you want to attend but no pressure. Been going for years and am already booking next year

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- - #23133

Brilliant weekend as always! Excellent food and great company!

In-person course
- - #20984

We had a great weekend .with good company.
Accommodation was good and very clean.
Food was great and plenty of it

In-person course
- - #20874

It was my first workshop on Scrapbooking and I absolutely loved it! Linda is superb as an organiser, always helpful and efficient. I had lots of opportunities to do my own thing, learn new techniques and get really good tips. The people in my group were fantastic - generous with advice and tips, their crafting stuff and so very friendly and warm. It was a welcoming, supportive and most of all, fun environment.

I would absolutely love to go back - I've already signed up for the next two workshops! My only advice would be - be quick to apply! Places get filled fast, which is no surprise, given how wonderful and experience it is.

In-person course
- - #20854

Another super weekend. This is the 4th year my best friend and I have gone. Excellent value for money. I have met some lovely people over the years and look forward to seeing some of them again in June. Highly recommended x

In-person course
- - #20851

3rd weekend away. A great time as usual. Loved the breakout sessions and the friendly atmosphere with likeminded people. Plenty of advice and stock available and it went all too quickly. Had to book for next year and only sorry I can only make one a year.

In-person course
- - #20842

This was my 3rd year at Memories& Photos & as usual was a very relaxing & enjoyable weekend. If you want the opportunity for 2 days of uninterrupted crafting, good wholesome food prepared for you 3 times a day, unlimited tea/coffe & biscuits, a clean comfortable room & a huge craft space then this is the venue for you. Add to that a beautiful old house with attractive grounds & the chance to meet many like-minded people.

In-person course
- - #20840

Thank you so much! A wonderful, relaxing and creative weekend! Will definitley be back!

In-person course
- - #20835

Brilliant weekend as always, well organised, good food, lovely place to stay!

In-person course
- - #20832

Wonderful much needed weekend away from being Mum, Wife, Nana. Much needed Me time. We were well looked after & fed in a relaxing environment overlooking lovely we'll kept gardens. Being able to come & go without clearing away out scrapbooking equipment was great!

In-person course
- - #20827

Fantastic weekend, really good to have the time and the space to craft without interruptions. Great company and great food. Lovely location

In-person course
- - #15989

Amazing weekend spending time sharing crafting ideas. Great venue and food. Crafting bingo definitely bought out the competitive side to everyone, good fun.

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- - #15587

A really relaxing weekend with a lovely location. The freedom to do as much or as little as you wanted to join in. This enabled me to go for a couple of really beautiful walks in the grounds. Lovely food and clean, fresh room. The timetable of events was clearly laid out and the optional 'breakout' sessions so that you were not always sitting in the same location were a great idea. Very friendly folk who were happy to share ideas. I'm already booked on the next available one! thanks for a brilliant time , Linda!

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- - #15553

Great weekend away with lovely people, really friendly and welcoming
The food is great and plenty of it
Lovely comfortable rooms
You can craft all weekend if you want to, the rooms are really spacious and you get a big table with plenty of space to spread out
I would highly recommend this weekend to anyone that wants to craft with lovely people in lovely surroundings

In-person course
- - #15496

A pleasant way to spend 48 hours with like minded people in a room with lots of space to scrapbook
The room I stayed in was close to the main craft room and was comfortable & clean with its own bathroom.
The food was excellent with plenty of it
The shop was handy and had lots of goodies to buy
The house was lovely and the grounds were beautiful and the whole weekend was amazing. Thank you

In-person course
- - #15486

Very well organised and hosted. Collaborative group. Nice people. Good food and good value. Have booked another course.

In-person course
- - #15472

Great weekend, good venue, good company, had fun crafting. Help when required and lots of things to try. Thoroughly enjoyed it

In-person course
- - #15469

Amazing weekend scrap booking with old friends and new.
Fabulous venue with grounds you can walk round with good wholesome food.
Can guarantee when you leave on the Sunday you will be counting down to the next one

In-person course
- - #15468

Excellent course and leadership! Can’t praise Linda enough, well organised and nothing was too much trouble for her

In-person course
- - #13652

The highlight of my calendar is escaping to this crafting residential. The food and friendship are exceptional!
The chance to spread out all your equipment and leave it out to work any time, night or day, is invaluable. As is the chance to share ideas, test out new equipment and challenge yourself to try new things.
Once you have attended, you will want to schedule to attend every year... as I do!

In-person course
- - #13641

Fantastic weekend away. Scrapbooking in beautiful surrounding, basic but very comfortable bedrooms, lovely food and fantastic company. My only complaint we have to come home!

In-person course
- - #13622

My favourite weekend of the year !! Great to get together with other like minded people for a weekend of uninterrupted crafting. Fab food catering for all dietary needs,basic but adequate rooms, huge table spaces to spread out on, on site shop, optional break out sessions all set in beautiful grounds (which we only get to admire out the window as we’re all too busy !! ) Great to meet old and new friends and share ideas and stash if needed. Always book my next retreat before I leave !!!

In-person course
- - #13618

Great opportunity to meet with friends. Have lots of fun and spend a whole weekend crafting. Plenty of food and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Good value for money and advice readily available.

In-person course
- - #13616

The best place to get on with your own projects. Lovely grounds apparently, not really seen them too busy crafting. Fabulous home cooked food. 5ft table to spread out on for the whole weekend. Bedrooms very basic but only slept there and showered so very adequate. Been going for years and a bit addicted now. Page challenge is probably my most dreaded and favourite part ... really gets you thinking and doing something different.

In-person course
- - #13610

A fantastic weekend break with lots of lovely crafters - lovely surroundings, great food and comfortable rooms.
Plenty of space to set up to do your own crafting and nothing else to worry about
Highly recommend and cannot wait for the next one

In-person course
- - #13607

Fabulous venue, food and being able to scrapbook or craft with old and new friends.
Large tables and a craft shop available all weekend.
Clean linen, comfortable beds and each room has ensuite,
The craft room is open from the time you arrive until you leave. You don’t have to sleep if you don’t want to.
Easy parking, fantastic grounds.

In-person course
- - #13606

Fabulous weekend spent crafting with old friends and new. 24 hours availability of craft room if wanted and a plentiful supply of hot drinks, biscuits and cake to keep you going. Spacious craft room with lots of table space to hold all that stash I took with me. The atmosphere was friendly and I thoroughly recommend it for a great crafty weekend.

In-person course
- - #13605

A truly relaxing weekend with fplenty of time for scrapbooking and catching up with friends. Pleasant location, pleasant environment, good experience

In-person course
- - #13602

A great weekend with lovely , like minded people. Great food, clean, comfortable rooms & plenty of space to work(24 hours if you want to) . Lovely historic house & beautiful grounds to walk in, if you can tear yourself away from your crafting. Everyone is very friendly & it was a lovely atmosphere.can highly reccomend it if you are a crafty person looking to get away from it all to enjoy your craft.

In-person course
- - #13601

What a wonderful way to spend a weekend!! Crafting or Scrapbooking for 48 hours (if you want to)...
The food was excellent, you certainly won’t go hungry.
The rooms were comfortable.
The craft rooms were spacious with large tables to work from.
Plenty of supplies to keep you going and stock up on if needed.
Thoroughly recommend this if you are a craft person to enjoy your hobby with like minded people!

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