'Floral decorating' weekends and Retreats in France

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

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26th - 28th November 2021      Day guest details for Saturday 27th

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 .

*£120.00 per person payable when booking

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 library.

Materials, scissors, apron will be supplied.


Limited spaces

To reserve please fill in contact details

*£95.00 deposit per person payable when booking

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

(accommodation not included)

A Midsummers nights dream

Postponed due to the awful virus affecting us all

Come and join me at a 'fairytale chateau' in the Loire Valley for a beautiful evening of merriment and wonderful food.
This ,the most special of evenings, will be spent in the gorgeous woodland that is in the grounds of the chateau, we would have decorated the dinning area together to make it a simply beautiful place to dine, using foliages, mosses, twines ,gnarled boughs and branches from the woods itself, it will be truly magical.
You will stay in one of the original cottages on site and all food and drinks will be included.
Friday to Sunday....if you would like more information please fill in the contact details below to receive more information.
You do not need any previous experience with flowers....this course is 'floral decorating' not flower arranging,"its much more exciting'.
Let me bring out your creativity !


18th - 20th October 2019


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If you missed this 'fabulous' weekend sign up at the bottom of this page to be put on the mailing list for information of more retreats weekends, workshops and demonstrations coming up.

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! 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."


 20th - 22nd September 2019


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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