Workshops at Benallack
The settlement of Benallack was first recorded in 1244 and was the seat of an ancient family of the same name. Now Benallack is a beautiful stone farm complex nestling in glorious countryside near the historic village of Grampound in mid Cornwall and perfectly located between the north and south coasts. With landscaped gardens surrounded by fields and woods, the barn is the perfect retreat offering peace and quiet surrounded by wildlife, yet easy access from all corners of the county.
Workshops are held in The Roundhouse whose name originates from when Benallack was a working farm and the room was where a horse walked round and round to drive a corn mill. This wonderful light and airy space now overlooks the garden and has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed A-frame and kingpin trusses together with French doors opening to the garden and enjoying a wonderful framed view down to the wildlife pond.
A selection of Tea Pigs tea, Cornish roasted coffee from Olfactory and SMÅLT hot chocolate as well as homemade cakes will be served during the workshop.
Most Christmas workshops will run from 10am – 1pm except Lou Tonkin’s lino print workshop which will run from 10.30 – 1.30pm.
Anybody attending a workshop will be entitled to 30% off overnight stays during the workshops in either The Dairy or The Bullpen. Please get in touch to check availability or book.
Lou Tonkin’s Christmas card workshops
Lou is an artist and print-maker from Cornwall, you may know her from her artist in residence at Heligan, recent exhibition as part of the Fal River Festival or have seen her beautiful art work or prints using inspiration taken almost exclusively from her local environment. Lou is passionate about her work and expertly inspires that in others through her workshops.
Lou’s lino print Christmas card workshops will be running on Tuesday 28th November, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December and are £45.
Christmas floristry workshops
Kirsty has developed an unrivalled knowledge of the floristry industry. Having trained in Knightsbridge, London, she can include Kensington Palace in her portfolio of floral designs. I am delighted that she is joining us to host three workshops this December on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th.
Depending on the date you choose you will have the opportunity to make one of two different wreaths for your door (11th or 12th December) or one of two stunning table centre pieces (13th December).
Kirsty’s workshops are priced individually to allow for the varying degrees of material required; traditional rustic wreath – £42, living floral wreath – £55, traditional table centre piece – £45, long low candle table centre piece – £60.
The gift of wellness workshop
Join us at Benallack Barn for a relaxed and fun opportunity to learn more about essential oils from American, Sharon Vickers – a professional helicopter pilot, who while on hiatus living abroad has discovered some wonderful ways to create a more natural, chemical-free life.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to promote physical wellness & spiritual awareness. During this workshop you will learn about how easily they can be integrated into our daily lives. Then you will have the opportunity to create your very own products – bath salts, laundry water and foaming hand wash – to keep or give as lovely, unique gifts this Christmas. No previous experience is necessary and all materials and equipment will be provided. She will also have all the information available to ensure that you can easily replicate this again on your own should you desire to make more gifts and products for yourself in the future.
Sharon’s workshops will run on Friday 1st and 8th December and are £30.