Broadrake reviews

19 Jul 22'

Alison reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A great day out! Beautiful location, lovely friendly atmosphere , tasty lunch and supportive expert tuition from Phil, all helped make a fun unique 60th birthday celebration for my friend and I "

Broadrake responded:

" Thank you Alison for your appreciative comments and what a lovely way to celebrate your special birthday with a friend. Rachel"

18 Jul 22'

Kate reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A fabulous course in a superb venue. The tutor, Phil, is extremely skilled in his craft and patient as a teacher. He took us through step by step, in an unrushed, supportive manner. Everyone managed to create attractive curlews in the day - great to come home with something that can go straight in the garden or home. The facilities and welcome at Broadrake are second to none and the lunch was delicious. Thank you."

Broadrake responded:

" It was lovely to have you here for creative sculpture willow work with Phil - I hope that your 2nd curlew was just as successful as your first one created at the workshop. Hope to see you again at Broadrake for another willowy workshop. Rachel"

15 Jul 22'

Kirsten reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"An excellent, very entertaining and knowledgable tutor. Fabulous venue located in a stunning part of the world. Hospitality and food was second to none! Will definitely be returning…..soon hopefully. "

Broadrake responded:

" Hi Kirsten, It was lovely to meet you and your Curlew was fantastic I'm glad that you enjoyed the whole package - we like to share Broadrake with others! It's great to have another local lass keen to visit us again for more willowy adventures with Phil Bradley."

3 Jul 22'

Alison Dwyer reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A great day, making a willow curlew with phil. The venue was superb as was the lunch. Will definately be back."

3 Jul 22'

Nicky Peck reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Great course and venue. It was a real pleasure to do this course, Phil’s guidance, instruction, kindness and encouragement exceeded my expectations. Loved it. Thank you. The venue is also stunning, I stayed the night before in the bunkhouse and had a very comfortable and peaceful stay, the food provided was excellent as was the hospitality. Again loved it, thank you."

2 Jul 22'

Moira Domican-Gough reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Fantastic day, Phil is an excellent and very patient teacher. New experience working with Willow but will definitely try again as is a lot easier than I thought and bonus of going home with my lovely willow Curlew!"

Broadrake responded:

" Glad that you enjoyed your first willowy day with our brilliant tutor Phil, & yes, we agree he is the best! Send us a pic of Clive the Curlew in his new home; I'm sure your B&B guests will love meeting him."

2 Jul 22'

Melanie Taylor reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A brilliant day in every respect. Phil is a great tutor and made the whole experience a very positive one. Thank you! The space was comfortable and the location beautiful, even on a rainy day. A big thank you, also, to Rachel for looking after us so well - the 2-course lunch was delicious! I would highly recommend Phil and Rachel's workshops."

Broadrake responded:

" Melanie it was lovely to welcome you to Broadrake as a first time visitor so we're chuffed that you enjoyed the day. I would love to see your curlew in its new home so please send a pic. Thanks, Rachel"

17 May 22'

Lucy Pike Bowyer reviewed: Line and Watercolour Wash with John Harrison in the Yorkshire Dales

"Brilliant course, I really enjoyed it and found with Johns tips I quickly started to produce pictures I was really pleased with."

8 Apr 22'

Elizabeth Wakefield reviewed: English Round Baskets, 2 days with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A warm welcome from Rachel and Mike to a fabulous location. Excellent lunch and plenty of refreshments. Very Covid safe with measures taken in a very gentle way The course itself is excellent. Phil has a brilliant teaching style and its amazing howmuch you learn in two days. Definatly recommend the venue and Phil's courses"

8 Apr 22'

Louise Hanley reviewed: English Round Baskets, 2 days with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A fabulous course in a stunning location. I would definitely recommend giving it a go. Phil is an excellent tutor and Rachel and Mike are superb hosts. The on-site accommodation was perfect and by staying, I was able to fit in an evening walk around the Ribblehead viaduct too. I have nothing but praise for the whole experience."

8 Apr 22'

Steph Hughes reviewed: English Round Baskets, 2 days with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"I attended a two day basket making course at Broadrake with my 13 year old - we had a great time. Phil was an excellent tutor - clear explanations, patient, helpful if we needed extra guidance and with an obvious love of his craft and material. Broadrake is a fabulous venue in the most amazing surroundings. The barn is warm and comfy, with space to work and Rachel and Mike are excellent hosts - the food is delicious. A lovely relaxed atmosphere and a very enjoyable two days…and we cane home with two baskets and a bundle of willow to feed our new addiction!"

8 Apr 22'

Belinda Strachan reviewed: English Round Baskets, 2 days with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"I've just had a very enjoyable two days at Broadrake, learning to make an English round basket. Phil Bradley's tuition was excellent and Rachel Benson made us most welcome and provided delicious homemade lunches."

20 Mar 22'

Sue Hodge reviewed: Irish Weave, 2 days with Anna Turnbull in the Yorkshire Dales

"I throughly enjoyed my two day course at Broadrake. It was my first visit and l was blown away by the wonderful venue. The course tutor, Anna, was encouraging and patient giving clear instruction. Just what l needed whilst learning new techniques! I enjoyed being part of the group and will not hesitate to return."

Broadrake responded:

" It was lovely to meet you Sue and glad that you enjoyed everything Broadrake has to offer including the amazing views! We really hope to see you again at Broadrake for another workshop!"

19 Mar 22'

Kate Toch reviewed: Irish Weave, 2 days with Anna Turnbull in the Yorkshire Dales

"I've thoroughly enjoyed a few willow and wood courses at Broadrake - a stunning location, lovely hosts Rachel and Mike, great teachers Phil Bradley and Anna Turnbull. The latest basket, with a Catalan base and an Irish Weave is beautiful, Anna provided all the materials and an abundance of patience and encouragement. I love my finished basket and I need more practice so I'll be back. Thank you to everyone involved - always good to work with other willow enthusiasts from beginners to experts :)"

Broadrake responded:

" Hi Kate, It was lovely to have you back for the start of the 2022 workshop season at Broadrake. Great to see a new weave being mastered by a lovely group of weavers!"

13 Jul 21'

Fran Coates reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A wonderful day hosted by Mike and Rachel in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tea coffee and homemade biscuits served throughout the day and a superb lunch provided, looking across towards Ingleborough. Philip Bradley is an excellent teacher taking us through various stages to create a willow Curlew. I really enjoyed the day. Thank you all."

2 Jul 21'

Shayne Darby reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Really enjoyed the day. It was so nice to learn a new skill in such good company and amazing location. It is a day I will remember for many years and would heartily recommend. As an added bonus I also have my curlew to remind me of a lovely experience."

Broadrake responded:

" Thank you Shayne! Glad that your husband enjoyed his walk up Ingleborough too whilst you were weaving! Rachel"

2 Jul 21'

Pam Smith reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A lovely day in stunning surroundings. We received a warm welcome from Rachel on arrival. The Barn in which we worked was a delight in itself. It has been sensitively converted and there was plenty of space to enable social distancing. Phil our tutor was friendly, relaxed and endlessly patient. I didn’t feel I had made a masterpiece but I learned a lot. All this AND a delicious veggie lunch and refreshments throughout the day. I was a very enjoyable day with lovely people."

Broadrake responded:

" Thanks Pam, it was lovely to meet you and glad that you had a great time. Rachel"

2 Jul 21'

Andrea Higgins reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"What a fabulous fun day in beautiful surroundings! My first ever willow weaving course and I can't believe I've brought something home that actually resembles a Curlew! Phil was an excellent tutor; clear instructions with an abundance of patience and support! Thank you Rachel and Mike for hosting and providing a lovely homemade lunch, cakes and biscuits. I will be definitely be booking another course!"

Broadrake responded:

" Thank you Andrea! We're delighted that you enjoyed your first adventure into the world of willow. We'd love to see you again! Rachel"

2 Jul 21'

Noelle Darwent reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Fantastic day - just the right combination of excellent instruction, relaxed, fun group, wonderful lunch and a very pleasing curlew to take home. Many thanks Phil. This was a great introduction to working with willow, we learnt how to work prepare and weave the willow and appreciated the skill of the professional willow worker. There was a good balance of prescriptive training and some free rein to make our curlews our own plus lots of help when things weren't going too well. Also the location was beautiful."

Broadrake responded:

" Thank you for travelling so far to join in the fun along the way creating your willow curlew. There was a lot of laughs from your end of the room! Hope it has inspired you to have another willow challenge. Rachel"

2 Jul 21'

Trevor Williamson reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"An excellent day making a willow curlew. Lovely setting, Phil the tutor was fantastic and the other group members were all great. Rachel was attentive with teas/coffee etc and lunch was first class. Couldn’t have had a more enjoyable day. My curlew already had pride of place in the garden. Highly recommend."

Broadrake responded:

" Thanks Trevor! It was great to see how well you mastered working eith the willow so well and your Curlew was really beautiful. I'm sure it will be much admired. Hope to see you again at Broadrake for another workshop."

1 Jul 21'

Helen reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Fantastic course, Phil is a really patient and humorous teacher, and we all left with very passable curlews! The pace and level of support was just right, and the home-made biscuits and cakes were delicious, as was the veggie lunch. I highly recommend it."

Broadrake responded:

" Hi Helen, So glad that you enjoyed the day. Since you are not so very far away from Broadrake, I really hope that you might come back again for more willow work with Phil - he really is the best tutor! Rachel"

1 Jul 21'

Beth & Tony reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"A lovely day of making in beautiful surroundings. Phil was a very good tutor. The venue and catering were excellent. And we came home with two willow creations that looked pretty like curlews."

Broadrake responded:

" Thanks for your kind comments - I hope that your willow curlews find good homes in your garden. Let's hope it's not the last time you venture into the world of willow! Rachel"

1 Jul 21'

Annabel reviewed: Willow Curlews with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"The venue is the first thing to hit you in between the eyes… over-looking the Ribblehead rail viaduct spanning the wilds of North Yorkshire, Broadrake is in the most astonishingly lovely location. Our hosts Rachel and Mike were welcoming. The food was lovely. The spacious airy facilities meet every requirement, with clearly apparent modifications for managing this sort of event, to meet current Covid precautions. Instructor Phil Bradley is just brilliant - a friendly easy-going teacher with much patience & good humour; he demonstrated much accomplishment in his craft. I would recommend the day to simply anyone!"

Broadrake responded:

" So glad that you enjoyed the whole experience - we're very lucky to have Phil teaching here. I hope that you are inspired to come back for more willowy workshops at Broadrake. Thanks, Rachel."

17 May 21'

Moira Richardson reviewed: Willow Plant Supports with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"The long journey to the venue was well worth it.The day was a Christmas present from my son for me and a friend.He took us up there,then he and his girlfriend went off to climb Ingleborough! We were warmly greeted by Rachel with a cup of tea.There were 7 of us on the course,all social distancing in place. Phil,the tutor was great and took us step by step in creating a wonderful willow garden support.The rapport was great,making the day instructive and fun The view from the venue is amazing.We were served with hot drinks and cookies all day long and had a wonderful home cooked lunch. A fabulous day which my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed and my garden support is ready for my sweet peas!"

17 May 21'

Lizz reviewed: Willow Plant Supports with Phil Bradley in the Yorkshire Dales

"Hello Rachel, I really enjoyed the Willow Plant Support day. Phil was good fun and made learning what to do easy to follow and broke each stage into easy to follow steps. He was there when you needed help and gave you encouragement when you could cope on your own. The lunch taken in the lovely bunkbarn was just what we needed after working hard all morning. I am looking forward to coming in July, all being well covid-wise, to make a Curlew. Thank you for a wonderful day."

Broadrake responded:

" Hi Lizz, Lovely to have you here and glad that you appreciated Phil's excellent tuition. We are very lucky to have him teach here so often. Looking forward to seeing you here again. Rachel"

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