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Retreats at The Old Bakery and the Bakehouse Holiday Cottage

Quilt Making and Coaching Retreats in the heart of the North Norfolk countryside



Quilt Retreats

We offer quilt retreats at The Old Bakery which can be custom made to suit your requirements.

Shown here is an example of what we can do; for more information and to discuss what you would like to include call Alison on 01263 862802.


Demand for bookings for retreats for 2022 has been very high and already we don’t have much availability left.

We have more flexibility for retreats for two people than for three or four but do get in touch to discuss what we may be able to offer

We are not taking deposits for any retreats and bookings can be cancelled without cost up until the day before your arrival.

Quilt retreats for individuals

One retreat for individuals is already fully booked, the second date we are offering starting on 4th February has one or possibly two places available.

Dates for individual’s quilt retreats:

Friday 4 February 2022 – Sunday 6 February 2022

Please contact Alison if you would like to book a place.

We offer the hire of the studio to individuals (details below). We also can provide individual tuition for a range of workshops. Details of some of the workshops we offer are on our blog pages in April and May 2020.

Do give Alison a call (on 01263 862802) to discuss options and we will do our best to find a way of enabling you (and your friends) time and space to sew.

The Quilt Studio

We are delighted to share our purpose built quilt studio with visiting quilters. There are four positions with adjustable height large work desks, comfortable, adjustable height chairs and individual storage trolleys. We have lots of quilt books and magazines to browse through if you need some ideas.

We have a selection of sewing machines including a Bernina Quilters machine which you are welcome to use. You are also welcome to bring your own machines.

We were thrilled that we were eviivo B&B award winners 2019 in the category ‘Bed, Breakfast and Beyond’ for our quilt retreats! A second national award for our B&B!

Below are details of a typical weekend retreat:

Weekend Quilt Retreat

Friday:  Arrive Friday afternoon – from 2pm onwards – enjoy afternoon tea and cakes.

Quilt for as long as you like.

Two course evening meal using home-cooked and locally sourced food; we have an Evening Meal award from the AA. There’s more time to sew in the evening.

Saturday:  Breakfast -we have an award from the AA for our breakfasts which include cereals, local yogurts, choice of starters and main courses, croissants, toast and home-made preserves.

Work on your own quilting projects or choose from one of the workshops Alison delivers.

Light lunch – depending on the time of year this may be home-made soup with crusty bread; a Norfolk Cheeseboard; a selection of tapas style dishes or slices of home-made pizza and salad (from our own wood-fired pizza oven)

Two course evening meal and time to sew in the evening.

Sunday: Breakfast as above

Quilting time

Lunch as above

Leave Sunday afternoon

Tea, coffee and biscuits available throughout.

We don’t have a licence but you are welcome to bring your own wine etc – we supply the glasses!

Cost: Based on the example above, (without workshops) the cost for the weekend which includes all food and accommodation is shown below. All guests have their own bedroom. Prices are per person and reflect the different sizes of the guest bedrooms and bathroom facilities.

Prices (per person) are based on a minimum of two people in either the B&B rooms or the Bakehouse.

Bakehouse (Single bed, shared bathroom) £215
Bakehouse (Super King-size bed, shared bathroom) £225
B&B Miller’s Room (En-suite shower-room) £235
B&B Baker’s Room (En-suite bathroom) £245

Other length of quilt retreat packages are available:

Long weekend 3 night stays: Friday to Monday – prices (depending on room) between £315-£360

Midweek 4 night stays: Monday to Friday – prices (depending on room) between £410-£470

Hire of the studio

If you stay in the B&B or the cottage you can have exclusive use of the studio for either a half day or a whole day (subject to availability).

Cost: Half day hire (9am-1pm or 1pm to 5pm) is £15 per person include refreshments and home-made cake

Whole day hire (9am-5pm) is £30 per person includes sandwich lunch, refreshments and home-made cake.

For more information or to discuss creating your own customised quilt retreat give Alison a call on 01263 862802.

Coaching Retreats

One to one coaching that enables you to take action on your work and life issues whilst staying in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. Alison is a qualified coach and mentor and offers coaching for a range of needs:

  • Need to find a better work/life balance?

  • Want to find a new job?

  • Need help in progressing in your career?

  • Facing redundancy?

  • Starting a business?

  • Want to improve your leadership and management skills?

  • Want to explore new possibilities?

A coaching retreat at the award winning Old Bakery Norfolk gives you time to talk, to think, to plan and to work out the steps you need to take for your better future.

Alison has deliberately priced the Coaching Retreats to make them affordable for a much wider range of people than may have previously considered coaching. She is also keen to spend time coaching people individually or as a couple with the same goals, rather than offer group coaching with minimal one to one coaching as she believes this is more effective for the person being coached. Her aim is that people will consider the weekend a worth-while investment in their future.

Alison says that she can’t guarantee that you will find the new job or the new life you are searching for but she does know that identifying what steps you need to take, creating an action plan and having follow-up coaching sessions means it is much more likely to happen.

She also understands that a successful coaching relationship is built upon the trust and rapport between the coach and coachee. Alison will have a free initial discussion on the phone lasting around 30 minutes.


Coaching Retreat Weekend: includes 2 nights bed and breakfast, one evening meal (Friday), six hours coaching over the weekend and an hour telephone follow-up coaching and all materials. £395

Additional guest in the same room (not being coached) for 2 nights B&B and one evening meal. £50

Subsequent telephone coaching sessions (per session) £50

Coaching Retreat Weekend runs from late afternoon arrival on a Friday to departure by mid-day on a Sunday.

Intensive Coaching Day and a Stay: includes 1 night bed and breakfast, evening meal, eight hours coaching and an hour telephone follow-up coaching and all materials. £360

Subsequent telephone coaching sessions (per session) £50

Book now and take the first step towards a weekend that could change your life.

More information on Alison’s coaching at her website:


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