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'Floral decorating' weekends and Retreats in France

Lets bring out the 'Floral Decorator" in you ....

Midsummer Night's Dream

17-18-19 June 2022

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Review/Commentaires
I have arrived back at my little house after having spent such an enjoyable weekend. From the first moment driving through the archway and seeing the breathtaking and graceful Chateau de Bourneau I knew it was going to be a special weekend. I have seen many photos of it before but nothing prepares you for that first view, I have realised that neither my description or photos can ever do it justice. I got to spend an exciting few days on a floral course with Laura. She has such an amazing
vision and it was a privilege to be mentored by her along with the other lovely attendees, we got to help her create a magical and spectacularly stunning setting in and arround the chateau. I got to spend time with some great people. Erin and JB at the Chateau were incredibly generous,friendly and considerate hosts, their food was gorgeous and nothing was too much trouble The course invigorated me and I will definitely be back on one of Laura's courses. If you are lucky enough to have the chance to attend, please do.'You won't be disappointed"
MEL REGAN


 

Je suis de retour dans ma petite maison après avoir passé un week-end très agréable. Dès le premier instant où j'ai franchi l'arcade et vu le magnifique Château de Bourneau, j'ai su que ce serait un week-end spécial. J'ai vu de nombreuses photos de ce château auparavant, mais rien ne vous prépare à cette première vue. Je me suis rendu compte que ni ma description ni les photos ne pourront jamais lui rendre justice. J'ai passé quelques jours passionnants à suivre un cours d'art floral avec Laura. Elle a une vision tellement incroyable

Elle a une vision tellement incroyable et c'était un privilège d'être encadrée par elle et par les autres participants, nous avons pu l'aider à créer un cadre magique et spectaculaire dans et autour du château. J'ai pu passer du temps avec des gens formidables. Erin et JB du château ont été des hôtes incroyablement généreux, amicaux et prévenants, leur nourriture était magnifique et rien n'était trop difficile. Le cours m'a revigorée et je reviendrai certainement à l'un des cours de Laura. Si vous avez la chance d'y assister, faites-le, vous ne serez pas déçus".

MEL REGAN

'FESTIVE FAIRYTALE COURSE'
26th - 28th November 2021      Day guest details for Saturday 27th
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Come and join me on this unique residential weekend retreat with a difference at the beautiful, fairytale 'Chateau de Bourneau' in the unspoilt Vendeen countryside, France. Together we will decorate the stone columned portico, sweeping staircase, beautiful library and the gorgeous yellow salon with fresh garlands, table decor, seasonal wreaths and advent chandeliers, all created by yourselves under my guidance. On Saturday evening we will have a sumptuous gala dinner and enjoy the fruits of our labour, we would have set the scene that would grace any film set.

 Erin and JB, the owners of the Chateau ( as featured on Escape to the Chateau DIY) are fabulous hosts and I, will share my 35 years of knowledge of floral decorating with you ( along with some interesting stories of events that I have designed for celebrities and royalty worldwide). This really will be a fun weekend and whats more you do not have to have any previous experience.
'This is not floristry, there are no hand tied bunches or posy displays in this class, it is FLORAL DECORATING' (much more fun), we will 'create magic' together. 

Materials, scissors, apron supplied.


Accommodation is in the 'period' original outhouses, of the chateau, that have been sensitively converted into holiday cottages (with fireplaces).

Some rooms have single beds so you really don't have to snuggle up with your best friend.

(Bedding and towels are included).

The course from Friday afternoon to Sunday (after brunch) is £355.00 inclusive of accommodation, all meals and free flow wine.

(£20.00 supplement for a single room per night)
If your partner would like to attend but not take part in the floral experience, a charge of £160.00 inc meals and drinks .

The Chateau de Bourneau is easily accessible. Flights from Gatwick - Nantes 1hr .20 mins. TGV train station Niort. 12 mins from A83 motorway exit.

Airport/train station pick up can be arranged.

To reserve your place please fill in the contact form below.

Limited spaces

Respecting the etiquette of social distancing, with no compromise to the course.

If you need any help on travel to the Chateau, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to ask me.

(Travel not included.)

DAY GUEST Saturday 27th November

You are most welcome to join us for a full day of 'festive floral decorating' and enjoy the gala dinner in the evening.

The day will start at 9 am with coffee and croissants while I explain how we are going to enhance the beautiful Chateau, then at 10 the rest of the team will join us and we will begin to create magic.

Mid morning break and snack and re group.Continue.

A lovely French rustic lunch will give us time to discuss how we are getting on and relax.

Continue.

At approximately 5.30 we should finish giving us time to change (a room will be available for you to brush up and change).Relax.

Aperitifs and photo opportunities of decorated areas. 

7-7.30 Dinner will be served, we will all enjoy together the fruits of our labour in the fully decorated yellow salon.

Materials, scissors, apron will be supplied.

      225.00 euro per person

Limited spaces

To reserve please fill in contact details below, you can pay by Paypal below or bank transfer.

If you would like to stay over night nearby we can help you with this giving you names and contact details.

(accommodation not included)

Venez me rejoindre pour ce week-end résidentiel unique avec une différence dans le magnifique et féerique « Château de Bourneau » dans la campagne vendéenne préservée, en France. Ensemble, nous décorerons le portique à colonnes en pierre, le grand escalier, la belle bibliothèque et le magnifique salon jaune avec des guirlandes fraîches, un décor de table, des couronnes de saison et des lustres de l'Avent, tous créés par vous-mêmes sous ma direction. Le samedi soir, nous aurons un somptueux dîner de gala et profiterons du fruit de notre travail, nous aurions planté le décor qui ornerait n'importe quel plateau de tournage. Erin et JB, les propriétaires du château (comme présenté sur Escape to the Chateau DIY) sont des hôtes fabuleux et je partagerai mes 35 ans de connaissance de la décoration florale avec vous (ainsi que quelques histoires intéressantes d'événements que j'ai conçus pour célébrités et membres de la royauté du monde entier). Ce sera vraiment un week-end amusant et de plus, vous n'avez pas besoin d'avoir d'expérience préalable. "Ce n'est pas de la fleuristerie, il n'y a pas de bouquets noués à la main ou de présentoirs de bouquets dans cette classe, c'est de la DÉCORATION FLORAL" (beaucoup plus amusant), nous allons "créer de la magie" ensemble. Matériel, ciseaux, tablier fournis. L'hébergement se fait dans les dépendances d'origine "d'époque", du château, qui ont été judicieusement aménagées en gîtes (avec cheminées). Certaines chambres ont des lits simples, vous n'avez donc pas besoin de vous blottir contre votre meilleur ami. (La literie et les serviettes sont incluses). ​

Le cours du vendredi après-midi au dimanche (après le brunch) est de 427 euro, comprenant l'hébergement, tous les repas et le vin à volonté. (supplément de 25 euro pour une chambre simple par nuit) Si votre partenaire souhaite assister mais ne pas participer à l'expérience florale, des frais de 190 euro incluent les repas et les boissons . ​ Le Château de Bourneau est facilement accessible. Gare TGV Niort. A 12 mn de la sortie autoroute A83. Une prise en charge à l'aéroport/à la gare peut être organisée. ​ Pour réserver votre place, veuillez remplir le formulaire de contact ci-dessous. ​ Espaces limités Respecter l'étiquette de distanciation sociale, sans compromis sur le parcours. ​ Si vous avez besoin d'aide pour vous rendre au château, ou pour toute autre question, n'hésitez pas à me demander. ​ (Voyage non inclus.) ​

JOUR INVITÉ Samedi 27 novembre

​ Vous êtes cordialement invités à vous joindre à nous pour une journée complète de « décoration florale festive » et à profiter du dîner de gala en soirée. ​ La journée commencera à 9h avec café et croissants pendant que j'explique comment nous allons mettre en valeur le beau Château, puis à 10h le reste de l'équipe nous rejoindra et nous commencerons à créer de la magie. Pause en milieu de matinée et collation et groupe de groupe.Continuer. Un délicieux déjeuner rustique français nous donnera le temps de discuter de la façon dont nous nous entendons et de nous détendre. Continuer. Vers 5h30, nous devrions finir de nous laisser le temps de nous changer (une salle sera à votre disposition pour vous rafraîchir et vous changer). Détendez-vous. Apéritifs et séances photos des espaces décorés. 7-7.30 Le dîner sera servi, nous apprécierons tous ensemble les fruits de notre travail dans le salon jaune entièrement décoré. Le matériel, les ciseaux, le tablier seront fournis. 225,00 euros par personne Espaces limités Pour réserver, veuillez remplir les coordonnées ci-dessous, vous pouvez payer par Paypal ci-dessous ou par virement bancaire. Si vous souhaitez passer la nuit à proximité, nous pouvons vous aider en vous donnant les noms et les coordonnées. (hébergement non inclus)

CHATEAU BOURNEAU

18th - 20th October 2019

FLORAL DECORATING WEEKEND

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We  REALLY had a wonderful time at Chateau de Bourneau.

Cathy Christmas wrote...

I was lucky enough to take part in Laura Lee's floral decoration workshop held at the beautiful Chateau Bourneau in October 2019. 

My friends & I had a bit of a challenging start due to our car breaking down on the way, but thanks to Laura rescuing & reassuring us, all was well in the end! 

The floral decoration workshop was even more amazing than I had imagined! We were all presented with an apron, notepad, pen, scissors & a little bag to keep them all in which we could take away with us at the end. 

The large room we were going to decorate in the chateau was the 'yellow salon' - a blank canvas for our creations & everything was really well organised. There was a huge array of materials & props for us to use. An exciting beginning to a fantastic day!

Floral decoration is something I've never tried before but I was straight into it as Laura was very encouraging at all times. She demonstrated the numerous techniques of decorating, using fabulous props found at French brocantes, charity shops & even B&Q! Also gold & bronze sprayed lantern flowers, dyed leaves from London flower markets & flora & fauna found in the grounds of the chateau such as ivy & berries & moss.

At all times we were encouraged to use our own creative skills & imagination, with guidance given whenever we required it. Terry, the other half of this incredibly creative team, was on hand to help with the practicalities of preparing the props such as huge tree branches which we put together & decorated with metallic-sprayed lantern flowers. Awesome ! We learned how to use wire to hook items on. It looked absolutely stunning as did all of the other floral decorations we created! When we had finished, we looked around absolutely amazed at the results of our hard work!

The salon that had started off as a blank canvas was transformed, by us, into a magical, fragrant & flower-filled wonder! We stood back & were awestruck by our creations! 

Later that evening, after we had changed into our glad rags, we entered the chateau into the library for a glass of champagne. We were then invited into our newly decorated room which had been further transformed with uplighters & fairy lights ...wow! We were all stunned at the beauty of the room. 

I hope that Laura will run another of her workshops at Chateau Bourneau. I will definitely take part even though it will mean a drive of several hours to get there!

I can't wait!

Susie Buckhurst wrote...

" I have just returned from the enchanting Chateau Bourneau where I spent the weekend enjoying a floral decorating course run by Laura and Terry . To say Laura worked miracles with her vision and talents with mainly materials that can be found by most of us in our gardens or local parks & woods is an understatement. Under her patient tuition, together with Terry's encouragement, we turned our hosts dinning room into a magical candlelit Banqueting Hall where we enjoyed our gala dinner Saturday evening. Who knew that using just a few well chosen materials could work such magic. I came away totally ready to start putting my new found knowledge and ideas into practice. And to top it all off, our hosts Erin and JB were both the most delightful, talented,attentive hosts one could ever wish for and  I wish them every success in their lives at the Chateau. Thank you Laura and Terry and I look forward to taking part in another course very soon! Loved, loved, loved every minute."

CHATEAU DES LYS

 20th - 22nd September 2019

FLORAL DECORATING WEEKEND

It was FANTASTIC !!!

Claire Summerill wrote......

"I spent a lovely weekend of 'floral decorating' with Laura and Terry, hosted by delightful owners of the Chateau,Tim and Margreeth, and became completely enchanted with chateau life ! We were provided with thoughtfully chosen materials to decorate a mirror, lampshade,tree and candlesticks and dressed the dinning table for the evening gala dinner. It was amazing to see Laura's vision and expertise transform the room into a magical space and a wonderful dining experience was had by us all. I came away with lots of ideas and more knowledge of everything floral than  I went with, here's wishing Laura and her future students much success on future floral decorating retreats."

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