">retreats - Stitchville

Stitchville knitting retreats were born in 2010. The idea is a formulation of the following ingredients: travel, being in nature, walks, knitting, food, good company and great conversations, interesting architecture, history and quality time by myself as well as with others. The first retreat was in Saddell Castle in Scotland, followed by Rosslyn Castle near Edinburgh, the Old Place of Monreith in Galloway, South Street in Devon, Elton House in Bath, Ascog House on the Isle of Bute and Castle of Park in Dumfries. All these retreats were very unique, as every group was very different. At the same time, all of them had the same threads woven into them – drawn out meals, splendid walks, relaxation, gentle companionship, knitting and creativity, and fun.

Over the years I have collected many lovely notes from the visiting ladies. I will add them here gradually. For a good start here is one of the latest…

“I enjoyed a wonderful week in a beautiful setting in Scotland. The food, company, fun & laughter mixed in with lots of knitting hints & tips were amazing. This was my sixth knitting holiday with the lovely Gosia who gently guided me through my first piece of colour work of which l am very proud, l made some great new friends and I left feeling that with my knitting skills anything is possible!”

-Stephanie, who visited Cawsey House (twice), Elton House (twice), Ascog House & Castle of Park

These retreats are a brainchild of a London knitting gang. My knitting (and even non-knitting) friends and I dreamt them up and then implemented them time and time again over many years. At first, it was just us, but then the word began to spread and friends of friends came too. Our policy is to be open and welcoming. However, these are very intimate affairs, the groups being very small, so please be prepared for a mini “interview” if you are not closely acquainted with one of the core group. It’s all to benefit the quality of our time together by making sure that the group is a great fit.


Please note that below Terms & Conditions apply when you book yourself in.

  1. To reserve a place a non-refundable deposit is required: 30% per slot if paid more than 6 months before the start day, 50% of total amount due if paid 3-6 months before the start day.
  2. If booking less than 3 months before the start day, full amount is due upon booking.
  3. Deposit is refundable on the condition that a replacement is found.
  4. If a replacement cannot be found, the deposit is budgeted into the production costs of the retreat and the remaining funds can be transferred towards a future retreat, provided that there is availability.
  5. The participants take full responsibility for their wellbeing during the retreat and the organiser cannot be held liable for any loss of belongings or bodily harm resulting from accidents during the retreat.