Craft - Making Sketchbooks for Textiles at Dolgellau

Wales

Code: DGCMS

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Indoors
  • Rural peace
From £475.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Taking inspiration from the locality, and by using experimental techniques, we’ll develop unique sketchbooks of exciting visuals that can be taken forward into creative textiles. Transform your observations into inspiring designs, using a range of papers, pastels, paint, crayon, inks, bleach and printing.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Create your own sketchbook brimming with inspiration
  • Our professional craft leader will guide and encourage
  • Share inspiration and exchange ideas
  • Gain knowledge to continue crafting at home

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation and guidance from our expert leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at all of our Country Houses
  • Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Dolserau Hotel Hall in Southern Snowdonia

Located just a couple of miles away from the attractive market of Dolgellau, this town is a pleasure to explore with fascinating history surrounded in and out of the local area. Enjoy highly scenic journeys on old traditional trains through Snowdonia.

Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Lounge bar 
• Bistro
• Dining room 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Dolgellau breakfast meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

Saturday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Sunday: Exploring our surroundings

We’ll begin the day preparing some pages for our sketchbooks and looking at ways of recording what we see before venturing out into the grounds of the house. Inspiration is all around us here - there are shapes and colour, both natural and man-made, to be found and recorded. Then we’ll head back inside to chat about what we have discovered.

Monday: Developing designs

We’ll begin the process of turning our studies into workable designs. We’ll be experimenting with ways of abstracting our designs using collage and overlays. All of our experiments will go into the sketchbook helping to build an exciting set of visuals. 

Tuesday: Progressing towards textiles

Let’s experiment with some printing. Then it’s out into the grounds again to refresh our thoughts and add to our original observations. By this stage we’ll all have sketchbooks bulging with ideas and we’ll look at methods for enlarging designs to make them suitable for textile work. There’ll be lots of examples to look at and discuss.

Wednesday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

What to bring

  • All materials and equipment will be provided, although guests are welcome to bring their own sketching materials if they wish
  • An apron or old shirt as some of the processes will be messy
  • As we will be spending time observing and recording out of doors, guests may wish to bring a small, portable chair or stool
  • Outdoor clothing

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

During your stay at Dolserau Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Snowdonia:

Talyllyn Railway
This narrow guage railway was the first in the world to be taken over and run by volunteers. The line runs from the coast at Tywyn to the former slate quarries at Nant Gwernol. Historic locomotives and carriages, some dating back to the line's opening in 1864 add to the unique atmosphere. The nearest station is at Abergynolwyn, about 25 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.talyllyn.co.uk

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog railwayGreat Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway, Vale of Rheidol and the Welshpool & Llanfair railways are all within reach. You may also want to experience the newly rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

 

Impressive entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Harlech Castle is one of the most historically important and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Around 45 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

 

Centre for Alternative Technology
Situated near Machynlleth, around 20 minutes' from Dolserau Hall, the Centre for Alternative Technology is at the forefront of researching and teaching sustainable living. Displays focus on green technology, energy efficiency and organic farming. www.cat.org.uk

RSPB Reserves
The nearby RSPB reserves at Arthog Bog, Coed Garth Gell and Ynis-hir offer a wide variety of habitats including oak woodland, heathland and salt-marsh that attracts an equally diverse range of birds.

Coloured houses at PortmeironPortmeirion
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 35 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.portmeirion-village.com

 

 

 

 

Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government

Travel

Travel to Dolgellau

Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd  LL40 2AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Machynlleth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Wales 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 16 mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Dolserau Hall Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Machynlleth take the X32 bus to Dolgellau. The 2 mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Dolgellau can be completed in a taxi. Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Little Chef, from where it is a 1 mile walk along a quiet country lane to the hotel. For bus times see www.traveline.info

 

Driving to us

By car:

From the north travel via Chester then the A550, A5104, then finally the A494 to Bala. Stay on the A494 heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after the junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for ½ mile to Dolserau Hall.

From the south travel via Shrewsbury and the A458 to Welshpool. Continue on the A458 and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. Look out for the garage and Little Chef on the right as you come down the hill before Dolgellau. Turn right immediately before the garage and drive along a country lane for approx 1 mile to Dolserau Hall.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Birmingham Airport has the quickest onward connections to Machynlleth. Direct trains from Birmingham International station take 2 hours 35 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Manchester Airport has a better range of long-haul flights. Trains from here take around 3½ hours with changes at Crewe and Shrewsbury. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 5½ hours to reach Machynlleth by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London. Take a train from here to Birmingham, then change for the onward connection to Machynlleth. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

In each case complete your journey from Machynlleth to Dolgellau by taxi or bus (see above).

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Leaders

Marilyn Hall

Marilyn has spent many years teaching all aspects of textiles and developing her own practice as a textile artist. She exhibits regularly as a means of introducing the public to contemporary art textiles, to make them pause, think and question.

Marilyn likes to encourage people to unlock the creativity which is within us all. It is about freeing oneself and finding an individual path to follow. One of the key objectives within Marilyn’s groups is to be open-minded and experimental and willing to discuss and share your ideas.  This enriches everyone’s experience and helps to build bonds which will continue into the future.

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9 Sep 2017 DGCMS - Making Sketchbooks for Textiles - Dolgellau 4 £515.00 £475.00 Offer - £40.00 off pp Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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