Bonne Fete 1 with Anna Corba

Saturday 5-12 September 2020

Join us for the celebratory tenth anniversary of Bonne Fete featuring our special guest Jo Packham, creator and editor of “Where Women Create”.  This wonderful retreat is a bountiful blend of studio time, delicious meals cooked by our in-house chef and excursions to nearby flea markets, food markets and quaint villages.

Anna's creative workshops are filled with her love of collage, French aesthetic, vintage ephemera and signature beeswax technique.  The studio will be stocked with authentic materials; old books, carte postales, postage stamps, ledgers, ribbons and lace, all to be transformed into journals, small art pieces and keepsakes.  Chateau owner, Lizzie, will indulge your textile fantasies by providing a cache of French linens to be repurposed into lovely sachets filled with Chateau lavender, totes, notions and more.

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We are visited during the week by the lovely Fabienne, a collector of all things beautiful and fabulous, linens, buttons, watch parts, rosaries and more, from which you can choose to add to your creative supplies or collections, as desired.  Adding to the festivities, there will be a cookery demo and a tour of the local food market, along with tastings and introductions to individual vendors.

Back at the Chateau, you will enjoy a food and wine pairing evening, a delightful vintage picnic in the garden as well as other culinary surprises. The entire week is designed to impart an authentic experience of the French countryside while stimulating your creativity and offering space for personal relaxation. 

Return home brimming with inspiration, new friends and a bevvy of handmade goodies!


Essential information

Single or double occupancy luxury and standard rooms available

From €3000-€3700 per participant, €1500 non-participant

Non-refundable deposit on booking
First instalment of 30% due on 15 February 2020
Full balance due 1 June 2020

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 14 participants

Workshop held in English

Included 7 nights full board, (one dinner out at guests' cost). 4.5 days full-time tuition. All workshop materials. Trips to local markets

Excluded Airfares to France. Airport transfers available at extra cost

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“A wonderful week that I will hold dear for my entire life. Thank you to everyone for such touching memories.”

Heather S. United States

Anna Corba

Anna Corba is an internationally known collage artist, experienced instructor and author of five books on paper crafting. She specialises in creating artful objects using vintage ephemera including journals, notecards, candle jars and more. Her product line has been featured in shops around the globe. This will be her eighth season at Chateau Dumas



Fabienne is a purveyor of antique linens and travels all over France in search of treasured textiles to share with our Dumasiennes. She’ll arrive at the Chateau and unveil a treasure trove of textiles. Perfect for dyeing, darning and reworking you’ll definitely find a treat or two!


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