Wednesday 17th to 24th May 2023 workshop with tutor Debbie Abrahams

Join us at the Barn at Bercloux for a week of workshops with talented designer Debbie Abrahams.

The Tutor

Debbie Abrahams is one of Britain’s most celebrated hand-knit designers, renowned for her contemporary designs and hugely successful Mystery Blanket and Mystery Cushion clubs.

After leaving school Debbie went to Nottingham Trent University to do a BA (Hons) degree in Knitwear Design. Soon after graduating, her association with Rowan Yarns began and she has worked for them as a freelance consultant for over twenty years whilst gradually establishing her own hand-knitting business.

Debbie chose to focus on designing accessories, and for her this is the perfect vehicle to explore what she loves most about the craft. Debbie’s inspiration comes mainly from graphical sources and she has a vast collection of visuals to motivate her including greeting cards, ceramics and fabrics.

The Workshops

During the course of the week Debbie will guide you through all the techniques needed to complete a kntting project that she will design specifically for this workshop. All skill levels are welcome.

The project will include the following techniques

  • Fairisle
  • Intarsia
  • Texture
  • Beading

It's the perfect opportunity to understand and explore all the techniques used to create one of Debbie's beautiful and unique designs. All materials will be supplied, with one-to-one tuition.

For further details please email 

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 we do the rest!  Remember to bring a bit of money for refreshments on outings and of course shopping!

Twin room with en suite shower room €995 per person (this can only be booked by two guests travelling together)

Single room with shared bathroom €1100 per person.

Single room with en suite shower room €1500 per person

To check availability and request a booking form please email