Floral decorating retreats / workshop weekend
in France

 

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'FESTIVE FUN'
9th 10th 11th December 2022

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 entrance hall, sweeping staircase, beautiful library dining room and solarium with fresh garlands, substantial table decor, fantasy trees and oversize wreaths,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, tuition, 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 563 euros per person, inclusive of all materials, accommodation, all meals and free flow wine.

(84.00 euro supplement for single occupancy)

    YOUR PARTNER

 If you would like to share this experience with your partner but they wish not to take part in the  floral decorating,

 the cost of 320 euro will charged for accommodation (shared with yourself) and will include all  food, 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. (with a charge that is paid directly to the chateau on pick up)

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.)

Reviews
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

 

Class 2019 and  2021....

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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."


 

Midsummer Night's Dream

17-18-19 June 2022 (complete)

This beautiful setting of the 19th century 'Ruined Orangery' has to be the most perfect venue to hold this unique floral retreat, it is set in the tranquil park that surrounds the 'fairytale' renaissance inspired Chateau de Bourneau, which has its moat and gorgeous woodlands that one can stroll and be at one with the beautiful nature.

We, together, will adorn the Orangery with floral garlands, fantasia trees, giant toadstools, floral candelabra, props, and all that will set the ambience for our very 'special evening picnic feast', that would have been prepared especially for us and delivered in the beautiful baskets that we would have embellished on your arrival on Friday afternoon.

A feast we will have, at fully dressed tables and chairs, music, free flow wine, wonderful food, and good company.

If you read some of the comments and reviews below you will realize that you do not need any previous experience, I am here to help, guide, suggest, and bring out the floral decorator in you.

The main themes for Shakespears 'Midsummers Night's Dream" are LOVE and IMAGINATION, I have a love for my work that I would like to share with you and PLENTY of Imagination.

Erin and JB the owners and keepers of the Chateau are simply the best hosts, friendly, generous, and mindful. I will share my 35 years of experience in my vocation, show you lots of tips and share some of the worldly stories I have experienced through my travels with my job.

Your accommodation, food, drinks, all materials needed and something to take home is included in the price.

Yes I am English, but my business is now in France, I have had a home here for 30 years and am now a resident I am pleased to say. My French is not amazing but my students, while teaching in Japan, Saudi, Singapore, and France have always understood me as my teaching is "VERY VISUAL" and there are plenty of people around at all times that can speak fluent French, so please do not let language interfere with creativity.

Your accommodation is in the 'period' original outhouses, of the chateau, that has been sensitively converted into holiday cottages (with fireplace)

The rooms are either twin or double.

(Bedding and towels are included).

The course runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday (after brunch) 

Total cost 563 Euros per person (approx £470 at time of publication)

(84 euro (£70) supplement for single room occupancy)

YOUR PARTNER

If you would like to share this experience with your partner but they wish not to take part in the floral decorating,

the cost of 320euro will charged for accommodation (shared with yourself) and will include all food, drinks and the alfresco posh picnic.

Aprons, scissors, bag supplied and for you to keep

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 your details on the CONTACT page...

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.)

 

 

 

 

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