Friday, 15 May 2015 stitching.......

How lucky were we to have both Janet Bolton and good weather here last week!  A brilliant opportunity to open all the doors and let the creativity pour in, led by this wonderful, gentle teacher.  The last of the ladies left yesterday and Les Soeurs Anglaises now feels a tad too quiet for its own good, though it does give us a chance to recharge our batteries and bring the place back into ship-shape order for our next workshop, with Julie Arkell, coming up at the beginning of June.   Janet will be returning to Les Soeurs Anglaises in 2017, probably sometime in May or the beginning of June, and we're taking names already so let us know if you'd like your name to be on the list.

  • If you had your eye on Julie Arkell's workshop, TOYS, starting here on 3rd June, but left it a bit late to book a place, you might be pleased to hear a place has become available as a participant has had to drop out.  We can offer you a £150/$237 discount off the normal price (£1750/$2758) for a single occupancy, standard twin room - which should be enough to cover your Ryanair flight here from the UK - or if you can organise it with a friend, and don't mind sharing, you could split the discount for a shared room (£1350/$2128 each).   If you need any more information regarding booking please contact Susie directly as the booking form has been removed from our website for this event.  Incidentally, this year Julie's workshop dates cover the now celebrated local monthly brocante which is almost worth ta visit to south west France all by itself!
  • We now have only one double en suite bedroom still available for our long weekend fundraiser in July, Fete de Boogie Woogie, in aid of Women for Women International,   If you're a fan of great food, vintage wines and superlative live music, then this will be the perfect combo.  We were absolutely delighted that one of our artists, Deanna Bogart, who is popping over from the States especially to perform at this event, has just won yet another coveted award for her sublime piano and saxophone playing.
Deanna at the 2015-BMA-Awards-Performances last weekMemphis, USA
  • You may not be aware that between workshops, and when time permits, we run an occasional B&Bs, and we had the pleasure this week of welcoming back Dee Puddy and her husband.  Dee hosts her own seriously chic website where she sells irresistible, hand-picked, vintage finds and covetable goodies from both the UK and the continent - her on-line shop is a must-visit.
  • If you're coming to Åsa Tricosa's workshop, Seamlessly Clever, in October (or would like to) and you live in Germany, you can have a taster of this ebullient and colourful knitter at the Yarn Festival, Berlin Knits coming up in a day or two.  There's also a "Meet the Designer Cruise" where I'm sure you'll find Åsa sporting one of her scrummy designs as the day cools - and if that doesn't tempt you to join us for Åsa's workshop here then you're obviously not into knitting.....
  • As a great fan of West Dean short courses, near Cirencester, UK, I was interested to hear that Canada has its very own version called Halliburton Highlands.  One of the talented ladies at Janet's workshop, Sandi Luck, actually teaches fibre arts there, but there are a kaleidoscope of other short workshops to tempt you if felting isn't your thing.
  • With all the property to rent available now in this beautiful part of France, choosing somewhere to holiday that lives up to its publicity is often a lottery, so we thought you might be interested in one that we personally think is the perfect place to stay!  Situated not far from Les Soeurs Anglaises itself, in the picturesque village of La Tour BlancheLa Maison Des Ramparts has recently been completely renovated to the highest standard and is super comfortable and tasteful.  Situated in the heart of the village and with all mod cons, (and with brocantes nearby every weekend over the summer) there's really nothing negative to say about this very special little house that sleeps 4.   Contact Suzy for further information and availability.....  

Sunday, 26 April 2015

With only just over a week to go before our first event of the season, Janet Bolton's ever-popular five day workshop, Narrative Stitches,  (6th-12th May), one of the participants has had to drop out due to ill-health and a place has become available for someone fast on their feet.  If you're travelling from the UK, Ryanair flights are still remarkably cheap, as are some of the last minute booked flights from the US and Australia; so if you think you might be able to act quickly, we are offering a huge £400 discount on the regular price of £2050 ($3000) for a standard room, inclusive of everything except your travel to France and spending money! 
Last year with Janet Bolton at Les Soeurs Anglaises
And in case we've never mentioned it before, May is THE best time of year dans les jardins de Les Soeurs Anglaises.  With south west France exploding with late spring promise, we have over 60 peony plants all about to burst into flower; the many wisterias blooms are just a little ahead of them as are some of the magnolias.  Fresh organic vegetables are already available and the swimming pools will be open and should be warm enough to take a dip.

In our experience, last minute breaks are often the most exciting and rewarding, especially with a teacher of Janet's calibre, and Carol our transport coordinator would be happy to help in any way she can with travel arrangements.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, contact us as soon as possible.


Friday, 3 April 2015


We’d be absolutely delighted to welcome you here!  

If you’ve dreamt of visiting 
Les Soeurs Anglaiseswith time to explore the surrounding countryside, visit small towns,markets and antique shops, hike, relax by one of the pools, AND enjoy live music and indulge yourself with fine food and wine, then this is the week for you! Over this special 5 day/4 night Féte the days are free to explore, unwind under the delicious French summer sun, and share in exclusive wine tastings, while evenings will be filled with boogie woogie music provided by Internationally acclaimed musicians, gourmet food prepared by a star chef, and yet more exquisite wines.

This is the first time we've offered a variation "workshop" opportunity, and we're looking forward to gathering friends, old and new, to enjoy the
 Maison de Maître and L’Espace in a less structured manner, open Mike's celebrated wine cellar, whilst supporting the important work of our partner:   Women for Women International.  This organisation is so close to our hearts:  as women, as creative people, and as citizens of the world, we feel compelled to share our abundance with those less fortunate. 
Proceeds from the workshop will go to supporting their important work.
(I’ve written about the charity previously, please see here for a refresher).
More information about this unique Fête, the artists, and the food and vintage wines is available on our website, or email us! We have only a few spots left, so please be sure to let us know if you’re considering a trip! We’ll explain the various options and do what we can to make it possible for everyone to attend.