Craft breaks release October 2014






8 October 2014: Luxury cottage collection, Premier Cottages, ( is offering Christmas craft experiences at a range of properties across the UK. Guests can create a Stag’s head from willow, make festive wreaths and even design and print their own Christmas wrapping paper. Crafting breaks are available at:


Redruth, Cornwall

Little White Alice is a stylish eco complex of six, 5 Star Gold award-winning cottages situated in the heart of Cornwall. The property’s ethos is that sustainability does not have to come at the cost of luxury and it recently won Gold in Visit England’s Sustainable Tourism Awards for Excellence.


The property is offering eco craft weekends where guests can create their own Christmas stag’s head woven out of willow coppiced from the on-site willow plantation. The craft session (10 hours) costs £125 and is split over two days. Smaller willow Christmas tree decorations can be made in two-hour sessions. These cost £25 per person including materials. Guests also have the chance to spot the herd of red deer led by a huge red stag that wanders in and out of the 29 acre small holding at this time of year.


A three night weekend for two in The Willow House costs £211 and a weekend for four in The Ash House cost £279 in November and December. For more information or to book, visit or call the owner on 01209 861000.


Whitby, North Yorkshire

Crag House Farm, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, is an ideal place to take a relaxing pre-Christmas break.  Beacon View Barn, an award-winning recently converted sandstone barn, offers stylish and spacious living for up to six people. Detached and with its own private enclosed gardens, the property benefits from amazing views across Danby Dale and the heather moorland beyond.


For guests wanting to combine their break with a Christmas craft experience, the owner can book courses at the nearby Ryedale Folk Museum. These include making kiln formed glass decorations on Sunday 2 November, creating a fabric Christmas wreath on 16 November or a natural wreath on 25 November.


A three night weekend for six in Crag House Farm’s Beacon View Barn costs £490 or a four-night break costs £525 in November and early December. For more information or to book, visit or call the owner on 01287 660864.


Tiverton, Devon

Situated centrally in Devon’s rural heartland between Exmoor and Dartmoor, South Coombe Country Cottages offers the perfect holiday retreat giving visitors easy access to Devon’s moorlands, beaches and attractions. An indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym and games room (charges apply to some activities) provide plenty of opportunity for relaxation.


Guests can design and print their own Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags and cards by taking part in a one-day workshop being held on site on Saturday 22 November 2014. The workshop, which takes place between 10am and 4pm, costs £60 per person including all materials, refreshments and homemade lunch.


A three night weekend arriving on 21 November for four in Drake’s Cottage costs £259.20 and the same weekend for six people in Tilly’s Cottage costs £308.40. For more information or to book, visit or call the owner on 01884 860302.


Hereford, Wales

Large families or a group of friends can enjoy a fantastic crafty break in the tranquil setting of Cabalva Estate staying in Cwm Pelved, which sleeps 13, and has unrivalled views over the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley. It offers six double bedrooms one of which is a family room, plus four bathrooms, a conservatory, massive kitchen and sitting room.


Accessed by its own private drive Cwm Pelved is secluded yet just five miles away from Hay on Wye and a stone’s throw from the beautiful Offa's Dyke footpath.

Enjoy an exciting Christmas crafting experience at Cwm Pelved over the weekends of 15/16 and 22/23 November. Learn how to make a ‘foraged’ Christmas wreath and applique table runner. Expert tutors will guide guests through the course in the comfort of Cwm Pelved.


A three night stay for up to 13 including lunch and snacks costs £1,200.  The Christmas craft course costs £90 per person for either the foraged Christmas wreath or appliqué table runner. Alternatively, enjoy both day courses for £180 per person. For more information or to book visit or call the owner on 01497 831045 or 07767 205694.


About Premier Cottages

Premier Cottages was established in 1999 and now represents almost 1,000 cottages in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands. It is not a bookings agency but an organisation of independent self-catering holiday cottage owners who work together to promote their luxury four and five star holiday accommodation.


Properties featured by Premier Cottages range from small romantic boltholes to opulent large party houses and country estates.  Guests book direct with the owner and therefore benefit from a whole reservoir of local knowledge. The company prides itself on selling a holiday rather than just a cottage. Also as most of the owners live on site they are there to help when needed and also to provide information on local events, restaurants and attractions.


Premier Cottages' charity for 2014 is Macmillan Cancer. The collection's members have already raised over £52,000 for this vital organisation  by donating holidays in their cottages that the charity can use as prizes in its fundraising, and other initiatives such as long distance bike rides, dinners and coffee mornings to increase awareness of its work. There are also collection boxes in some  members' properties. In practical terms, £52,000 is enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for a full year, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential, practical and emotional support




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