About

IONA HOUSE

A cream villa overlooking the immediate coastline with a 180 degree view of nearby clifftops, Exmouth and across Lyme Bay.


THE KNITTING HOTEL is our home, over-looking the sea in Dawlish, Devon.

Everyone can soak up the wonderful seaside view and atmosphere, eat a delicious home-cooked lunch and yummy Devon cream tea. Sink into a sofa watching the waves and spend a relaxing retreat, indulging in a few days focussed on making soft, fluffy and warm things.


Photo of me on the Dawlish pier; mucking around in my Tumbling Cascade and my new shiny shoes.

The Knitting Hotel; lots of lovely relaxing weekends and technique learning retreats

Such fun; lots of laughter, scone eating (with clotted cream of course), exchanging of knitting techniques, learning new skills, fish and chips by the sea and too much fudge eating. New designs are swirling around my head and on the needles.  It was a momentous task creating our little fibre paradise. Now the bathrooms are gleaming, the water bottles and tea-caddies are in place, our chef has told me emphatically she has all the pans she needs, the hotel yarn has been spun (Black Swan: DK and 4ply – a mix of Devon BFL, Exmoor horn and silk)… we can all breathe.
Happiness and more
Belinda Harris-Reid (host), Brenda M. Watson (knitting and crochet technique whizz), Nicola Shearn (chef) and Linda Thompson (housekeeper)







We host 3 day GETAWAY and LEARNAWAY retreats approximately twice a month, so there are plenty of dates to choose from.






BOOKING

Come and Play...

If you would like to book a LEARNAWAY or a GETAWAY place please email info@theknittinghotel.co.uk or phone us on 01626 866966 to check availability. We will then send you our Terms and Conditions document and the Booking Form to read, complete and return.



DEPOSIT

To secure your place we require a non-refundable £100 deposit (if you cancel 4 weeks before the event there is an option of transfering the whole £100 deposit to another event, please see T&Cs - sent to you before you book for clarification). NB - if changing to a future retreat please note the price of the retreat may have increased. The outstanding balance needs to be paid 6 weeks before the event. We will send an email 'balance payment reminder 7 weeks before the event. Payment details are on the Booking Form.




STAYING 3 nights as TKH for LEARNAWAY or GETAWAY - PRICES FOR 2021/2022

LEARNAWAY: We are inviting talented knitting/crochet designers, mill owners, spinners and fibre specialists to host a very special one-day or two-day workshop.

Thursday evening, Friday and Sunday bring your own projects to work on or knit/crochet the design you are given in your Pressie Bag + Saturday workshop (or a 2 day workshop on Friday and Saturday).

GETAWAY: as a LEARNAWAY but without the workshop.

FOR ALL GUESTS there will be mid-morning tea/coffee and biscuits, home-cooked lunch, tea-time cake/treats. G&T or Pimmss o'clock, and a Pressie Bag with luxury yarn and pattern.

Price depends on: the room you choose, sharing a room, one guest in twin-room, sharing a shower-room with one other guest.

Average cost per guest, per retreat approx. £510; sharing TBL; our largest sea-view twin room, 2 x small double beds + en suite bathroom (bath with seperate shower) - staying Thursday 4pm to Sunday 5pm with a 1 day focussed workshop, with an option of staying Sunday night for a buffet supper + Devon Cream Tea + B&B, leaving after breakfast on Monday (£75)

DAY GUESTS

Day Guests visiting one or more of the retreat days; Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday (from 10am until evening). We have space for one (or sometimes two) Day Guests due to people booking a twin bedroom as single occupancy, hence having ‘day guest spaces for the whole weekend’.

DAY GUESTS ARE WELCOME TO STAY ALL DAY; from breakfast until bedtime, so they do not miss out on the fun.

If attending all three days you are invited to the Thursday evening 'welcome supper' at 6pm no extra charge - and to stay until bedtime, to knit, crochet and chat

Many guests stay at Lyme Bay House Hotel - the B&B across the road - which is very convenient. Ian or Nikki: 01626 864211. www.lymebaydawlish.co.uk. Lyme Bay offer a 'just bed' option if you would like to have breakfast as TKH.

FOR ALL DAY GUESTS there will be mid-morning tea/coffee and biscuits, home-cooked lunch, tea-time cake/treats. G&T or Pimmss o'clock, and a Pressie Bag with luxury yarn and pattern.

GETAWAY or LEARNAWAY: £120/person/day + £12/person/day if you choose to have breakfast at TKH.


STAYING EXTRA SUNDAY NIGHT with (light supper + B&B)

For guests staying the Sunday night we have an early evening supper-time; antipasto (cold meats, dips and olives), savoury scones, cheese and biscuits, Devon Cream Tea and wine - £65/person.

All guests leave by 11am after breakfast on Monday - however, if you need to wait for a train, we are more than happy for you to sit in the making space/Drawing Room and knit. Or you can leave your case at TKH and go for a walk, go shopping, explore, dip your toes in the sea etc..

Please note we do not have non-participant guests staying at TKH.



BHR and BMW

The fab BRENDA M WATSON (BMW) will be on hand, at all events, to support Belinda with all manner of technical knitting and crochet knowhow!

Brenda is a technical wizard when it comes to knitting and crochet techniques, BHR is thrilled that Brenda will be on-hand at all events for any technical questions and advice.

Brenda M. Watson has been knitting for over 60 years. Taught to knit by her aunt - the first garment she knitted was a cardigan for herself when she was 8 yrs old. When BMW was 14 yrs old her mother wanted a ‘fan and feather’ top. BMW knitted it and her mother wore it to work. Everyone wanted one - and so it started... And so Brenda’s knitting ‘career’ began when she started knitting for a bit of pocket money. Brenda has knitted for numerous designers (the list is long), the first being Jenny Sandler, in the 80s (intarsia mostly) and more recently for Rowan, Stylecraft and Wendy design and yarn companies (all the garments, toys, accessories and homeware are used for photo shoots). One of BMW’s claim to fame is that she knitted a peplum cardigan for Joanna Lumley (which JL wore on a TV series called ‘Class Act’).








BEDROOMS

Both TBL and SSK twin sea-view bedrooms (with own bathrooms; TBL has an en suite and SSK has a bathroom next to the bedroom) - they are roughly the same price, KFB small seaview bedroom (with shower-room, opposite bedroom) and YO and M1 downstairs largest bedrooms (share a shower room) are the same price and PSSO our largest sea view single bedroom (with bathroom) is the most expensive.