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19 - 29 September 2015
knitters tour in the Dordogne, France
with Jean Mossand guest designer SUSAN CRAWFORD

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This is a repeat of our two sell-out 2014 trips due to popular demand. We will be based for the whole tour at the 17th century Chateau Forge du Roy in the heart of the Dordogne. As usual, the trip will be a mixture of workshops, knit activities, sightseeing, eating, drinking, music, and lots of fun!   View photos on Facebook from our two previous trips here.

Chateau Forge du Roy

  crests Chateau Forge du Roy dates from the 17th century, is furnished with French antiques, and has its own rich history including a time when it forged cannonballs in the Napoleonic wars.
In an utterly tranquil valley, it is surrounded by deep woods and hay meadows.  The gardens and grounds are beautifully landscaped and managed.  There is a heated swimming pool, a lake where you can fish for trout and carp, a gym and sauna, and a massage room.  We will have the whole place to ourselves.  Paradise!

For the non-knitters there is within easy distance canoeing, cycling, hiking, golf and riding, plus all the medieval architecture and unique culture of the region. The chateau has a sauna and swimming pool and is set in a magnificent estate of 184 acres of woodland, meadows and lakes. 

Gabarre on Dordogne Peacock Marqueyssac
Gabarre on the Dordogne Peacocks strut their stuff Marqueyssac


Day 1    
Chateau meal   Board coach at Hotel de Bordeaux, 38 Place Gambetta, Bergerac
  Chateau Tiregand vineyard for tour & winetasting
  Lunch at Privilege du Perigord in the medieval bastide city of Monpazier, with time to explore later
  Arrive Forge du Roy and settle in
  Reception and Jean’s talk: Behind the Scenes
  Dinner at Forge du Roy
Day 2    
Toran   Jean’s workshop: Design & Knit your own Dordogne-inspired Toran
  Lunch at Forge du Roy
  Afternoon free to explore gardens, have a massage, swim, or just relax and knit…
  Show & Share
  Dinner at Forge du Roy
Day 3    
Dandy   Visit Angora goat farm and shop near Souillac
  La Roque Gageac for coffee, market and boat trip on Dordogne river on traditional gabarre

After a relaxing riverside lunch we shall visit Chateau des Milandes, renowned for chatelaine Josephine Baker. The castle tour includes costumes, interiors and personal effects of this great dancer, entertainer and mother of her Rainbow Tribe.

  Falconry display
  Dinner in Tremolat at Bistrot en Face
Day 4    
Sarlat market  

Morning in medieval Sarlat.  After a short guided walk round highlights of this beautifully conserved city you will be free to check its yarn shops and bustling street market.
Afternoon at Marqueyssac Gardens with magnificents topiary and stunning views

  Dinner at Forge du Roy
Day 5    
Crescent hat   Jean’s workshop:  Croissant Knits
  Afternoon free for biking, hiking, canoeing or just chill, have a massage and knit
  Dinner at Forge du Roy
Day 6    
Cave painting   Rouffignac Cave paintings (go round on little train)

Les Eyzies for coffee, shopping and the Prehistory Museum

  In the afternoon we shall have a guided tour of Commarque Chateau  -  off the beaten track and rich in history and atmosphere
  Dinner at Font de Gaume Restaurant Les Eyzies
Day 7    
Blinking Eye scarf   Susan Crawford's workshop: Scandinavian Mittens
  Afternoon free for your own activities
  Susan's illustrated pre-dinner talk: Vintage Shetland Project

Dinner at the Auberge de Layotte – a very special place deep in the chestnut woods, this will be a memorable dining experience

Day 8    
Brantome   Explore & shop in Perigueux the capital of the Perigord

Visit the delightful Chateau Bourdeilles in the afternoon

  Finally the picturesque and spiritual Brantome - the Venice of Perigord -to see  its Abbey, river and unique cave sculptures.
  Independent dining in Les Eyzies
Day 9    
Layotte salad   Susan's second workshop: Shetland Lace Knitting
  Afternoon free

Before dinner, music from Gypsy Swing to French Chanson with guitar virtuoso Mario Hoffman

  Dinner at Forge du Roy 
Day 10    
Beynac   Visit Beynac Chateau and village. Dating from 13th century the castle was the location of the film Joan of Arc and offers the most amazing views.  The village has some great little boutiques.
  Afternoon free
  Pre-dinner Knit Review
Farewell Dinner at Forge du Roy
Day 11    
sunset on tour  

Coach to Bordeaux Airport to arrive there by 09.30am with drop off at the train station in Bordeaux by 10.00am



Magenta wine cask Irises Colourful covers in Sarlat market
Love this magenta wine barrel Irises bloom by the roadsides Colourful food covers in market

Check out our tours with previous clients on Ravelry

GBP £2785.00
USD $4875.00

GBP £500.00 
USD $875.00

5% discount for non-knitters


*Accommodation in twin or double rooms each with ensuite or private bathroom.

  NB A limited number of single occupancy rooms have recently become available. Supplement payable, please ask for details
*All breakfasts, nine dinners, six lunches (including wine, tea and coffee)
*Transport for all visits in the programme
*Workshop tuition, guides, admission fees

Absolute maximum of 18 places available - 5 doubles and 4 twins
We regret that because of the limited accommodation we cannot offer any single occupancy room
If you are a single traveller happy to share a twin room we will be able to match you up with a room mate

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Angora goat Angora yarn Angora scarf
Local Angora goat Local angora yarn One ball angora scarf

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