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“It took me a really long time to find a place where upcycling courses were offered near me. I’m so thankful to find Gartmore House.”

When it came time to update this year’s course catalogue, we knew that we had to add in upcycling courses for our guests.

Come on holiday to Gartmore House for a relaxing stay in the Scottish countryside and learn how to breathe new life into your old furniture during one of our upcycling courses. After all, learning a new skill is so much easier if you are doing it with a back drop of stunning scenery. Wouldn’t you agree?

Gartmore House wants to make learning new crafty skills a breeze, that’s why we have the best tutor available for our upcycling courses.

Rose Hall, your tutor, will lead you on the path of turning your tired-but-loved pieces of furniture into timeless treasures. She will share her knowledge and techniques as well as practical skills in chalk paint and distressing, stencilling, guilding and découpage. During the course you will practise techniques on boards that you can take home, as well as apply to your upcycling project. You will learn how to understand paints, waxes and varnishes and prepare a piece from start to end.

Make sure to bring a small piece of furniture with you (such as a small table, chair or box), so you have the time to experience all the stages. Your holiday includes a starter pack of basic brushes and cloths; and all basic paints and varnishes will be supplied (for small projects). Your tutor will be in touch with you before the start of the course, to make sure you have all you need to achieve upcycling perfection!

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2021

Our 5-night upcycling holidays run Sunday to Friday and start from £849 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

October 31st to November 5th 2021

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family who doesn’t want to do one of our courses, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday*
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

After a few days of working hard on your craft, you may like to take a break and head out to explore a little bit of the local area with a scenic sail across Loch Katrine. If you would prefer to stay in the house, then you are free to pursue your craft at your leisure but please note that your tutor will not be on hand for tuition on the Wednesday afternoon.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition 
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Complimentary afternoon trip to Loch Katrine
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All guests will be provided with a starter pack of basic brushes and cloths; and all basic paints and varnishes will be supplied (for small projects). 

Make sure to bring a small piece of furniture with you (such as a small table, chair or box), so you have the time to experience all the stages of upcycling.

Your tutor Elisabeth will be in touch with you before the start of the course, to make sure you come fully prepared!

Tutor Rose Hall

Rose Hall is an artist, professional upcycler, entrepreneur and an enthusiastic facilitator. She trained at The Hampstead School of Decorative Art in Victorian & contemporary paint techniques, including marbling, wood graining, stencilling and broken colour effects.

She worked as a commercial decorative artist for over 10 years in Edinburgh, before her passion and concern for the environment brought her to co-found a not-for-profit, Upcycled World, where she taught upcycling and reuse skills to the local community. Currently she is CEO of a charity, EcoArt, that unites creativity and sustainability to raise awareness of environmental issues.

“Throughout, upcycling furniture has been a constant”. Rose explains, “Upcycling has always been a part of my life. Initially from necessity; poverty is a great creative driver, where at home, painting brought cohesion to mismatched gifted furniture and later to studies, employment and teaching furniture decorative techniques. It brings me great joy to engage with the creative journey, mine and others”.

Find out more about Rose at EcoArtCharity and UpcycledWorld.
Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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