Fairisle by the Sea
1st to 6th August 2021
starting from £1980.00
This special workshop will be held at a unique home in Whitstable, Kent. I first went to The Battery at Seasalter when I was Head Designer at Rowan and I art directed three or four photography shoots there. The Battery is a private home and is often used as a photography location house, you would have seen the interior being used in Country Living, Coast and Country Homes and Interiors magazines, as well as my Winter Crochet book and in Rowan publications! This is a one-off opportunity to spend time in this exclusive historic building which sits on Whitstable beach and faces 120ft of secluded sea-front.
During each day, The Battery will become our home from home and is not open to the general public at any time. This is an extraordinary place and as soon as you set foot in this amazing house, you immediately relax and the wonderful hosts, Marilyn and Johnny, make you feel very welcome. Marilyn is a great collector of many interesting and unusual things, especially from the 1940’s and 1950’s, and she displays her precious collections throughout the house; she and Johnny are also amazing cooks!
This beautiful home, flooded with natural day light, situated right on the beach, is the perfect place to unwind, knit and relax... perfect! Once the workshop has started you will be able to sit wherever you wish within the house, on the deck or on the beach!
Each evening we will be enjoying some of the best food Whitstable has to offer with dinner served at The Whitstable Oyster Fish Restaurant, The Sportsman and the Hotel Continental.
Fairisle by the Sea
A handknitted Fairisle cushion using Marie Wallin British Breeds yarn.
Fairisle by the Sea – A handknitted Fairisle cushion using Marie Wallin British Breeds yarn. Location is The Battery, 32 Admiralty Walk, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent with accommodation at the Hotel Continental, 29 Beach Walk, Whitstable, Kent. There are a maximum of 11 places available
Here's what's included:
All British Breeds yarn and pattern to complete the Fairisle project.
A Marie Wallin goody bag.
Workshop holiday hosted by Marie Wallin, assisted by Gwynneth Allen, with workshops held at The Battery.
A lovely room and breakfast at the Hotel Continental.
3 evening meals at the Hotel Continental.
1 evening meal at The Whitstable Oyster Fish Restaurant.
1 evening meal at The Sportsman, Seasalter.
Elevensies, lunch and afternoon tea and cake - all prepared by Marilyn and Johnny each day at The Battery.
Tea and coffee during each day.
Transport to and from the Hotel Continental to The Battery each day.
A tour and talk at the Margo Selby Studio in Whitstable.
A chance to go into Whitstable for shopping.
Here's what's not included:
Drinks with evening meals.
Travel to and from the hotel on the day of arrival and departure.
Airport transfers are not included.
Fairisle by the Sea
Prices and booking
The Hotel Continental is a lovely and comfortable family run hotel, in an enviable position just a very short walking distance to the harbour and High Street in Whitstable.
It has a Brasserie and Bar overlooking the beach and the Thames Estuary that specialises in local produce and the famous Whitstable Oyster.
All the rooms are very light and comfortable, decorated in a contemporary 'sea side' style. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with either a shower, shower over bath or bath/shower.
The rooms are either on the first or second floors which are accessible by stairs only.
There are five price options, each based on the type of hotel room, to book click on the Buy button above.
Deluxe sea view with balcony - £2310.
A deposit of £1000.00 is required at booking with the balance of £1310 payable week commencing 22nd June 2020. 2 x 1st floor rooms available.
Family - £2260.
A deposit of £1000.00 is required at booking with the balance of £1260 payable week commencing 22nd June 2020. 1 x 1st floor and 2 x 2nd floor rooms available.
Deluxe sea view - £2235.
A deposit of £1000.00 is required at booking with the balance of £1235 payable week commencing 22nd June 2020. 3 x 2nd floor rooms available.
Deluxe side sea view - £2160.
A deposit of £1000.00 is required at booking with the balance of £1160 payable week commencing 22nd June 2020. 1 x 1st floor room available.
Standard double - £1980.
A deposit of £1000.00 is required at booking with the balance of £980 payable week commencing 22nd June 2020. 1 x 1st floor and 2 x 2nd floor rooms available.
Prices are based on single occupancy. If you wish to share with a friend or partner then I advise you to book a room and then send an email to enquire about the extra costs involved. VAT @ 20% is included in the price.
We will be eating dinner at three different restaurants over the duration of the holiday.
The Bar & Brasserie at the Hotel Continental overlooks the Thames Estuary and serves a varied French style menu using the finest local ingredients. We will be enjoying a specially prepared 3 course set menu on three different evenings.
The Royal Native Oyster Stores in Kent is a seafood restaurant offering some of the very best oysters, fish and shellfish. They have become famous for offering the freshest fish that is simply cooked using the finest ingredients. The restaurant is on the beach and offers stunning views of the company's oyster grounds. You will be able to choose up to three courses from the a la carte menu. www.whitstableoystercompany.com
There has been an inn at Seasalter overlooking the Thames Estuary and marshlands since the 17th century. The Sportsman restaurant has been serving exceptional food since it was first awarded it's Michelin Star in 2008. We will be having the Daily Tasting Menu. www.thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk
Vegetarian options will be available in all the restaurants. Any other dietary requirements must be sent by email after booking.
Whitstable itself is a small fishing town on the Kent coast just 7 miles from historic Canterbury. Sometimes named the Pearl of Kent, Whitstable is famous for it’s oysters and hosts the annual Oyster Festival each July. This pretty seaside town has a relaxed, bohemian air, with it’s bustling seafood restaurants and narrow shopping lanes full of individual boutique and artisan shops and art galleries.
The Battery is an historic building of Kent and was built in 1873 by the Royal Navy, as a part of the coastal defence for the UK. It consisted at the time of two buildings made of wood, one building being the Drill hall with office, clothes store and the armoury and the second building being the battery with three gun ports facing seaward and another facing west. There was a magazine on the east side but this no longer remains. There would also have been a parade ground at the rear of the building. The Admiralty handed over the battery in the early 1900’s to the Royal Naval Reserve (later the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) and it was used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during WW1. Later in the 1940’s the battery was used for many years as a holiday retreat for disadvantaged children. Marilyn then bought and restored this wonderful building.
This is the third workshop holiday that I will be hosting at The Battery and above are some photographs of the previous holidays. The weather on the 2018 holiday was exceptional and most of us went swimming in the sea most days... so don't forget your swim wear!
Fairisle by the Sea
Sunday 2nd August 2020
Arrival at the Hotel Continental from 2pm. Dinner will be in the Bar & Brasserie at the Hotel Continental at 6.30pm.
Monday 3rd August 2020
After breakfast we travel to The Battery by taxi or you can choose to walk along the beach, allow 30 mins. The workshop will start at 10am. Elevensies, lunch and afternoon tea and cake will be served at The Battery. We leave The Battery at 6pm to go back to the hotel. Dinner will be at The Whitstable Oyster Fish Restaurant at 7pm.
Tuesday 4th August 2020
After breakfast, we will visit the studio of renowned textile designer Margo Selby. We will then travel by taxi to The Battery in time for lunch and to continue the workshop. We leave The Battery at 6pm to go back to the hotel. Dinner will be in the Bar & Brasserie at the Hotel Continental at 7pm.
Wednesday 5th August 2020
After breakfast we travel to The Battery by taxi or you can choose to walk along the beach, allowing 30 minutes. The workshop will start at 10am. Elevensies, lunch and afternoon tea and cake will be served at The Battery. We leave The Battery at 6pm to go back to the hotel. Dinner will be at The Sportsman at 7.30pm.
Thursday 6th August 2020
After breakfast, you can go shopping in Whitstable, for the morning, otherwise it will be knitting all day at The Battery. Lunch and afternoon tea and cake will be served at The Battery. We leave The Battery at 6pm to go back to the hotel. Dinner will be in the Bar & Brasserie at the Hotel Continental at 7pm.
Friday 7th August 2020
After breakfast we will say our goodbyes.
Fairisle by the Sea
Terms & conditions of booking
A non refundable deposit of £1000 must be paid at time of booking to secure your place, with the balance being payable week commencing 22nd June 2020.
In the event of your cancellation, I will try and fill your place and if successful your deposit will be refunded in full, otherwise the deposit is non refundable. Cancellation after payment of the full balance will be subject to no refund unless I can fill your place, in which case you will be refunded in full.
In the unlikely event that the holiday has to be cancelled by Marie Wallin Designs Ltd, then you will receive your deposit or total payment in full.
Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Hotel Continental on the date of arrival and departure.
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, cake, tea & coffee at The Battery, evening meals for 4 nights are included in the cost of the holiday, together with all taxes.
Any hotel extras and drinks with the evening meals are NOT included in the price, these remain the responsibility of each person to pay either at the hotel on checkout and at The Whitstable Oyster Fish Restaurant and The Sportsman.
Guests are responsible for their own medical and travel insurance.
Travel from the Hotel continental to The Battery on each day is included as well as travel to and from The Sportsman.
If a guest requires any special assistance or has any special physical or dietary needs, this must be made clear at the time of booking by email.