Carol Meldrum Knitting and Crochet Workshops 2023

Saturday 6th to 13th May and Wednesday 20th to 27th September

Enjoy a week of workshops in rural France with inspirational tutor Carol Meldrum at The Barn. The holiday will consist of 2 full day workshops and 4 half day workshops. During free time guests can relax in the house and garden or go on optional outings to the local towns for shopping and sightseeing.

The Workshops

The subject of the workshops will be decided closer to the date.

Carol will design a selection of projects for the workshops and you can choose to work in knit or crochet, or combine the two crafts in one project. During the week  she will take you through all the techniques needed to make the designs of your choice. All skill levels are very welcome, at the end of the week we will have a show and tell of all the completed projects. All the yarn is supplied for the workshops, we will tell you what size knitting needles and crochet hooks are needed in the final details.

See what we got up to on previous workshops here.

The Tutor

Carol Meldrum is a talented designer full of enthusiasm and energy. She loves to combine knitting and crochet and is passionate about texture and colour. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee she worked as a knitwear designer for a UK based manufacturer and as a freelance designer for Rowan Yarns and many knitting and crochet magazines.

Her designs are heavily influenced by Scottish traditional crafts and patterns, giving them her own twist by recreating woven's into knits, adding a flash of fairisle where you would least expect it and playing around with scale. You can see her website here.

Carol is a fantastic teacher with the patience of a saint.

The venue

The Barn at Bercloux is a superb conversion from two old farm buildings, situated in a small hamlet just outside of Brizambourg it is surrounded by vineyards and quiet country lanes. The house is tastefully decorated in vintage French style, with 7 guest bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms and toilet and the other four bedrooms share a bath & shower room and two toilets. There is a large, comfortable sitting room and separate dining room. The garden is mostly lawn with a terrace and 10m swimming pool (open from May to September, weather permitting). The Charente-Maritime has a micro climate which means similar weather to the South of France.

The hosts

Sue and Culli, welcome you as house guests, there are no rules and regulations. You can help yourself to tea and coffee any time of day or night and wine is served with lunch and supper. Sue and Culli live in the cottage next door to The Barn and are on site at all times.

Enjoy delicious home cooked food, made from seasonal produce, special dietary requirements can be catered for, but please provide a detailed list of what you can or cannot eat.

Note: if you have a serious food allergy there is a possibility of cross contamination.


Please note all prices are in Euros.

The cost of the holiday includes accommodation, all meals at the venue, pre-dinner drinks, wine, unlimited tea and coffee, outings to local towns and a free transfer from Bordeaux airport or Saintes station. All you need to do is get yourself to France with your knitting needles and crochet hooks and we do the rest!  Remember to bring a bit of money for refreshments on outings and of course shopping!

Large shared room €950 (Euro) per person (must be booked by two guests travelling together)

1 double bed and 1 single bed with ensuite shower and toilet


Basic Single room €1050 (Euro) per person

Single bed and shared bathroom


Large Single room €1400 (Euro) per person

Double bed and ensuite shower and toilet

To check availability and request a booking form please email

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Trips out for sight-seeing and shopping

Food and drink

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