October 20, 2015

A Cornwall Craft Break at Little White Alice

We’ve had a busy summer and were well in need of a break by the time October rolled around. Just before we went London stir-crazy we were luckily invited to spend a couple of days at Little White Alice, an Eco retreat down in Cornwall. The pictures of wide open spaces, outdoor hot tubs and craft workshops got us all excited for some time out of the city.

little white alice cornwall

We hopped on the train from London Paddington straight through to Cornwall last weekend. The journey takes nearly five hours but it’s a pretty brill time to get some knitting done. I got going on a new jumper with yarn I picked up for cheap at the Knitting and Stitching show and Hannah carried on with her version of this jumper.

We arrived at Little While Alice on Saturday afternoon and were greeted with home made brownies, eggs from their chickens, Cornish clotted cream (yes, really) biscuits and the most beautiful Eco Ark you’ve ever seen. We could have happily lived in it forever.

little white alice eco ark

little white alice eco ark

little white alice eco arkRosie and Simon set up Little While Alice a few years ago and after recently building the two Eco Arks have also just installed an outdoor spa area with a wood-fired hot tub and sauna. First thing we did? Jumped in the hot tub!

little white alice eco spa

new craft society hot tub

The next morning we met Rosie in Little While Alice’s studio space where she showed us how to make a felted tea cosy. The studio is our dream crafting space and lots of different craft workshops are run there including basket-making, silk painting and print making. We’d never done any felt making before but it was a lot of fun. Essentially you lay all the fibres in a criss cross then pour boiling water on them and mash them together until they shrink and felt together. We both made chicken tea cosies!

felted tea cosy little white alice

felted tea cosy little white alice

felted tea cosy little white alice

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Little White Alice is situated between the North and South coast of Cornwall which makes it perfect for exploring, you can get to either St Ives or Falmouth easily. In the afternoon we sourced out the nearest cream tea at Slice of Cornwall. They were the best scones we have ever eaten so if you are ever anywhere near them, make sure you stop by.

slice of cornwall cream tea

Feeling pretty stuffed we retreated back to Little White Alice where we met all of the animals (alpacas, pigs, chickens, horses and sheep!) and got back to our knitting.

little white alice alpaca

alpaca little white alice

alpaca little white alice

It was such a peaceful and relaxing place to spend a couple of days. We already miss sitting in the hot tub, looking out at the views across Cornwall and listening to the various animals. If you’re looking for an Eco crafty retreat, this is your place.

Thank you so much to Rosie and Simon for welcoming us to Little White Alice, we’ll be back again soon!

R

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