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The Old Kennels is nestled in the rolling countryside of the Blackdown Hills on the Devon Somerset border and offers a quiet rural retreat where you can learn or improve skills in a variety of traditional arts and crafts.
The courses we offer
We offer courses in a variety of arts and skills tutored by local national and international artisans: Course vary year to year but include; Glass (lampwork and cold work stained glass acid etching etc) silver smithing enamelling precious metal clay lapidary (natural stone cutting and polishing) plant fibres wood willow cane seating paper making and marbling stone and textiles (felting fabric printing braiding embroidery and passementerie) as well as organic gardening foraging and preserving chocolate herbal skincare and perfume making.
A flint barn originally being part of the Stentwood Estate built by Squire Eccles in the 1890’s The Old Kennels is now home to our many feral cats and breeding herd of Alpacas (who are kept solely for their fibre). Woodland wildlife and unspoilt landscape abound.
Located in the heart of the West country just 20 minutes from the M5 motorway/ A30. Convenient to the Somerset county town of Taunton famous for its cricket. Honiton lace town lined with antiques shops and the historic cathedral City of Exeter. We are central for exploring the region if you choose to extend your stay.
The Blackdown Hills and East Devon Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have much to offer. There are excellent places to eat, antiques and farmers markets. You can also enjoy motor and water sports, fishing, walking, hedge laying, cycling… And the Jurassic coastline nearby.
10% off accommodation at The Old Kennels (The Loft shown above). Whether taken with a course or at other times Simply quote From Britain With Love’ at the time of booking.