FAIRISLE BY THE SEA

After a very successful workshop at The Battery in July last year, where we were all spoiled rotten by Marilyn and Johnny, Marie has decided to hold another very special workshop holiday at The Battery in Whitstable, Kent. Marie first went to The Battery at Seasalter when she was head designer at Rowan and has art directed three or four photography shoots there. The Battery is a private home and is often used as a photography location house, you may have seen the interior being used in Country Living, Coast and Country Homes and Interiors magazines, as well as in the Rowan publications! Marie also used The Battery as her location for her book, Winter Crochet. Therefore this is an ‘one off’ opportunity to spend time in this exclusive historic building which sits on Whitstable beach and faces 120ft of secluded sea-front. The Battery will become our home from home for a few days and is not open to the general public at any time. This is a very extraordinary place and as soon as you step foot in this amazing house, you immediately relax and the wonderful host, Marilyn makes you very welcome with a steaming mug of tea and homemade cake. Marilyn is a great collector of many interesting and unusual things, especially from the 1940’s and 1950’s, and she displays her precious collections throughout the house, she is also an amazing cook! This beautiful home, flooded with natural day light, situated right on the beach is the perfect place to unwind, knit and relax…splendid!

WORKSHOP HOLIDAY DETAILS

 

LOCATION

The Battery, 32 Admiralty Walk, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4ET

 

DATES

Thursday 2nd August – Sunday 5th August 2018

 

OPTIONS

There is a choice of staying overnight at The Battery - IN HOUSE or staying overnight at Hotel Continental - OUT HOUSE

 

WORKSHOP TITLE

 

FAIRISLE BY THE SEA – A handknitted Fairisle project using Rowan Felted Tweed yarn. Photographs of the project will be published as soon as possible. The Battery is a fabulous place to sit and knit. Once the workshop has started you will be able to sit wherever you wish within the house, on the deck or on the beach! This year there will also be a special visit to the studio of renowned textile artist, Margo Selby.

 

PRICES - IN HOUSE

 

£1100 per person. A deposit of £500 must be paid on booking to secure a place, the balance of £600 to be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES

5

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

All yarn and pattern to complete the fairisle project

A Marie Wallin goody bag

Workshop holiday hosted by Marie Wallin

A unique bedroom within The Battery (see photographs)

Breakfast, elevensies, lunch and supper - all prepared by Marilyn each day

Fruit juices

Wine and G&T’s served in the evening only

Visit to the studio of Margo Selby

A chance to go into Whitstable for shopping

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Travel to and from The Battery

Airport transfers are not included

 

PRICES - OUT HOUSE

 

£1200 per person. A deposit of £500 must be paid on booking to secure a place, the balance of £700 to be paid 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES

6

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

All yarn and pattern to complete the fairisle project

A Marie Wallin goody bag

Workshop holiday hosted by Marie Wallin

Bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Continental, Whitstable

Taxis to and from the hotel

Elevensies, lunch and supper - all prepared by Marilyn each day

Fruit juices

Wine and G&T’s served in the evening only

Visit to the studio of Margo Selby

A chance to go into Whitstable for shopping

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

Travel to The Battery on the first day

Airport transfers are not included

 

BOOKING

To book a place, click on either the IN HOUSE or OUT HOUSE buttons to be re-directed to the shop.

LAST YEAR'S WORKSHOP

BEDROOMS FOR IN HOUSE GUESTS

Each bedroom is very comfortable and unique and decorated in Marilyn’s creative style in bright summery colours and patchwork quilts. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO ENSUITE BEDROOMS. Marilyn has kept The Battery in the same layout as it was when it was used as a school retreat. The bathroom facilities comprise of very cute dormatory style sinks with separate showers and baths. The photographs show some of the bedrooms. The rooms will be allocated when we arrive on Thursday 2nd August.

HOTEL CONTINENTAL - OUT HOUSE GUESTS

Hotel Continental is a lovely seaside hotel situated by the beach, five minutes from the centre of Whitstable and right next to the start of the seafront promenade.  The light and airy rooms have just been renovated  in a simple 'beach chic' style and are standard doubles with ensuite bathrooms. You will have breakfast at the hotel after which a taxi will be waiting to take you to The Battery.

 

FOOD

Marilyn and Johnny are fabulous cooks and Marilyn's cakes are especially lovely!  An example menu would be:

 

BREAKFAST - Fresh fruit, cereals, toast, croissants, jams tea and coffee.

 

11'S - Coffee and teas with Flapjack or Ginger Biscuits or Almond Biscuits.

 

LUNCH - Spinach Lasagna or Aubergine Parmesani or Tortilla or Onion and Goats Cheese Tart with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers, or Halloumi and Humous and Feta Salad or Courgette Peach and Pomegranate Salad

 

AFTERNOON CAKE

 

APERITIVO - drinks prior to supper

 

SUPPER - Ottolenghi Chicken with Ouzo and Clementines and Fennel or Salmon in Spicy Sauce or Chicken in Tarragon Sauce with various lots of vegetables

 

PUDDING - Turkish Delight Meringues or Raspberry Parfait or Sticky Ginger Pudding with Nutmeg Ice cream

 

SUNDAY BREAKFAST - Breakfast of Scrambled eggs on toast or boiled eggs with the usual fruit, cereals and tea and coffee.

 

Please email if there are any special dietary requirements.

 

THE BATTERY & WHITSTABLE

THE BATTERY is a historic building of Kent and was built in 1873 by the Navy as a part of the coastal defence for the UK. The building consisted at the time of two buildings made of wood, one building being the Drillhall with office, clothes store and the armoury and the second building being the battery with three gun ports facing seaward and another facing west. There was a magazine on the east side but this no longer remains. There also would have been a Parade Ground at the rear of the building. The Admiralty handed over the battery in the early 1900’s to the Royal Naval Reserve (later the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) and it used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during WW1. Later in the 1940’s the battery was used for many years as a holiday retreat for disadvantaged children. Marilyn then bought and restored this wonderful building.

 

ITINERARY

 

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Arrival at 9.30am. After introductions and a welcome cuppa, we will settle into The Battery and start the workshop project. Lunch will be at The Battery and supper will be served  ‘alfresco’ on the deck at 7.30pm - weather dependent. Prior to supper, drinks will be served on the deck at 6.30-7.00pm

 

Friday 3rd August 2018

After breakfast we will visit the studio of Margo Selby. Margo is a renowned textile designer and known or her exquisite geometric woven fabrics. We will be shown around the studio and have a weave demonstration and hopefully a talk by Margo (dependant on her being in Whitstable at the time), there will also be an opportunity to look around her shop as well. Lunch will be at The Battery and then in the afternoon we will continue the workshop. Supper will be served at 7.30pm with drinks being served on the deck at  6.30-7.00pm

 

Saturday 4th August 2018

After breakfast, there is an optional walk along the beach to Whitstable for shopping therapy. Otherwise it will be knitting all day at The Battery. Supper will be served at 7.30pm with drinks being served on the deck at  6.30-7.00pm

 

Sunday 5th August 2018

After breakfast we will say our goodbyes.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

 

A non refundable deposit of £500 must be paid at time of booking to secure your place, with the balance being payable no later than 8 calendar weeks before the start date of the holiday.

 

In the event of your cancellation, the following fees will apply: 39 - 52 weeks prior to start date, full deposit, 26 - 38 weeks prior to start date, 50% of full price, 8 - 25 weeks prior to start date 75% of full price, 0 - 8 weeks prior to start date, 100% of price.

 

In the unlikely event that the holiday has to be cancelled by Marie Wallin Designs Ltd, then you will receive your deposit or total payment in full.

 

Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from The Battery on the day or arrival and departure.

 

Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, supper, drinks at The Battery for 3 nights are included in the cost of the IN HOUSE holiday, together with all taxes.

 

Bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Continental, lunch, supper, drinks at The Battery for 3 nights, transport to and from the hotel are included in the cost of the OUT HOUSE holiday, together with all taxes.

 

All drinks are included in the price. Please note alcoholic drinks will comprise of wine (rose, red or white) and gin & tonic and will only be served in the evening.

 

Guests are responsible for their own medical and travel insurance.

 

One visit into Whitstable is included.

 

If a guest requires any special assistance or has any special physical or dietary needs, this must be made clear at the time of booking by email.