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Upcycling Furniture

NEW for 2021 – we are delighted to introduce our Upcycling Furniture course to Gartmore House.With over 25 years’ experience in upcycling furniture, your tutor Elisabeth Viguié Culshaw 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 Elisabeth will be in touch with you before the start of the course, to make sure you have all you need to achieve upcycling perfection!

Dates and prices 2021

Sunday 4th – Friday 9th July – £725 per person (5 nights) – CALL TO BOOK
Sunday 31st October – Friday 5th November – £725 per person (5 nights) –  CALL TO BOOK

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

Prices updated December 2019.

How to book

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Your 5 night stay will be in the comfort of Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling.

Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. Your holiday includes a starter pack of basic brushes and cloths; and all basic paints and varnishes will be supplied (for small projects). 5-Night courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

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).

Sunday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

 

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 holiday includes a starter pack of basic brushes and cloths; and all basic paints and varnishes will be supplied (for small projects). Your tutor Elisabeth will be in touch with you before the start of the course, to make sure you come fully prepared! 

Tutor – Elisabeth Viguié Culshaw

Elisabeth is a Christie’s trained specialist in wall treatments, and has worked for many years on conservation-stencilling of ‘turn-of-the-century’ schemes. She has been upcycling furniture and teaching the technique in Scotland for over 15 years, and many of her students return time after time to enjoy her workshops. Elisabeth also runs our Eco-printing and Indigo Dyeing courses here at Gartmore House. 

Elisabeth’s workshops are suitable for beginners as well as for more knowledgeable participants; she will guide your creativity no matter your level of experience.

Elisabeth lives in the West End of Glasgow with her husband, where she runs her creative studio The Lansdowne House of Stencils. Find out more about Elisabeth by visiting her website www.thelansdownehouseofstencils.com or following her on Instagram @bettysbeautifullife

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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