The Wedding Retreat

Feast your eyes on the stunning home of the Countess of Londsdale. Askham Hall is located in a secluded part of the Lake District, the newest World Heritage Site.

A little history lesson…
A peel tower was built on the site during the 14th century. It passed into the hands of the Sandford family and in 1575 Thomas Sandford had it substantially enlarged. It became a rectory in 1828 and then became a residence of the Lowther family in the 1830s. The 7th Earl of Lonsdale used it as his home after Lowther Castle was dismantled and closed in 1937. Askham Hall became a Grade I listed house in 1968. Following the death of the 7th Earl in May 2006 the house has been owned by Caroline, Countess of Lonsdale. In 2012 the Countess of Lonsdale and her son, Charles Lowther, arranged the conversion of Askham Hall into a boutique hotel.

Your stay…
Checking in on Monday the 4th of May from 3pm, Askham Hall will be your (dream!) home for 3 days. Your time at Askham Hall will start with a tour of the house and gardens. A welcome dinner of local produce will follow. We’ll be dining in the beautiful wood panelled private dining room with a huge window at one end looking out onto the knot garden.

You can choose from one of Askham Halls individually styled rooms. Follow the link below to select your room and send us an email with your first and second choice. If your chosen room or rooms have already been taken we’ll let you know the rooms that are available, we’ll work on a first come first serve basis. There are both standard and superior rooms, the room charge is reflected in the price and included in the total course cost below. All rooms come with flat screen TVs, wi-fi, bluetooth radios and telephones (calls are chargeable). The Pele Tower superior rooms also feature mini bar larders and Nespresso coffee machines. Askham hall – accommodation

Breakfast will be served from 8.30am and we’ll meet at 10am to start our day together. With the exception of day 1, when we’ll begin with introductions, each day will start with a daily flower brief. We have the most beautiful rooms within Askham Hall to work from and we’ll choose a different location for each day.

Over the course of 3 days we will work both individually and in small teams. We’ll work together to create stunning wedding scenes that will include ceremony flowers, wedding breakfast flowers and staircase and archway flowers too – all foam free! Everyone will make a bridal bouquet finished with beautiful silk ribbons as well as individual table centres.
Weather permitting, we will work both indoors and out and you’ll have the opportunity to wander through the estate taking photographs. Your work will be captured by a professional daily by our photographer and a model will used during our final day to bring the wedding scenes to life.

We’ll break for lunch each day in the Kitchen Garden Cafe where we’ll enjoy home grown produce. At the end of each day we’ll have a business huddle giving you the opportunity to discuss quoting and costing, logistics of large-scale wedding work, transportation and set up along with social media – the dos and don’ts! Everyone will have the opportunity of a 1:2:1 with Rachel, the founder of Tallulah Rose Flower School. We’ll enjoy a relaxing diner together each evening in the private dining room.

On our final day we’ll down tools at 3pm to celebrate with a tea and cake! We’ll present everyone with a Tallulah Rose certificate and give you all the opportunity for any final questions before we depart at 4pm.

If anyone would like to extend their stay to include Thursday evening please let us know at the time of booking. The additional night of the 10th isn’t included in your course fee and will be payable directly to Askham Hall. Anyone staying on will be able to make a dinner reservation in the restaurant. Breakfast is included in your room rate.

Please click on the following link to see images from our last retreat – Askham Hall – May 2019

Who's It For?

The Retreat is ideal for our Career Change graduates seeking an advanced level of floristry. The Retreat will give you the confidence and skill set, not to mention the portfolio images and taking your current wedding offer to the next level. We also welcome college, flower school or self-trained florists, anyone with a basic level of floristry will benefit from this course.

You may have been in the industry for many years and although you know every technical trick in the book you’re feeling uninspired or ‘behind the times’ in terms of floristry fashion. The Retreat will help to re-inspire you and bring you up to date with today’s Instagram bride!

If you’d like to register for this course but are unsure if you have the right skill set please don’t be shy call us on 07976 271341 for a chat.

Your Investment and How to Book

Standard Room Grand Total £1,850
Superior Room Grand Total £1,950

Deposit payment standard room £350
Deposit payment superior room £450
Balance due 6th April 2020

Early Bird Full Payment Standard Room £1,650
Early Bird Full Payment Superior Room £1,750

Limited to 14 places
Reserve your place by either emailing us at or by paying your deposit below.

Please read our Payments, Cancellations & Refunds Policy prior to booking.

What's Included?

• 3 nights accommodation

• All meals during your stay – 3 breakfasts, 3 café lunches and 3 in house dinners

• A Tallulah Rose signature cross back denim apron

• Snips

• Professional portfolio images

Finding Askham Hall

Askham Hall in Cumbria is situated in a quiet and picturesque village within easy access (about ten minutes drive) from Penrith and junction 40 of the M6. Follow the brown tourist signs signposted Askham Hall Gardens.

The address:
Askham Hall
Near Penrith
CA10 2PF

If you are travelling north on the M6 you could turn off at junction 39 and head towards Shap, then pass through Hackthorpe and turn left signposted Askham.

If you are coming from junction 40, follow the A66 east to the next roundabout then the A6 south. Just a few miles to Clifton, you will pass our pub (the George and Dragon) on your left, then turn right following signs to Askham.

Continue over the river and Askham Hall entrances will be on your right.
The first entrance signposted ‘House Guests and Restaurant’ is for restaurant and accommodation guests. The second entrance signposted ‘Askham Hall Gardens’ is for the Café and Gardens.

If you’re flying into the UK then Penrith has train links from London Euston, Manchester and Glasgow. Askham Hall is a short taxi ride from Penrith train station.