Once again For 2017 we are taking over the amaaaazing Rock House, as well as the Terrace and Photographers Studio.

Here are some comments from the knitting retreat at Rock House 2016

'Darling Louise & Trudi...... What an amazing experience. We came from N.B. Canada for the yarn festival and took a chance on this knitting retreat. After day 1 I lost my caring for the festival as I was fully engrossed in the retreat experience.  The location, the people, the learnings were amazing. You both amazed me with your kindness, knowledge, food and customer service. Would love to come again X Margo'

'I truly enjoyed our "Knitting Retreat", Rock House was a great venue, in the city but so relaxing. I loved the learning and the company of the other knitters. Louise and Trudi were lovely hostess'.  Thanks. Jane.'

'Thank you Louise & Trudi for a fabulous time in Edinburgh. Hope to see you again at St Abbs.    Love Pam'

'A wonderful experience. - so relaxing. The company and food were great. Thank you so much.    Margaret'

'Dear Louise & Trudi, What can I say other than you did it again. Beautiful surroundings, fantastic food & superlative company. You make your retreats feel like coming home. So thank you for such a special time & look forward to doing it again.        Love Colette.

'Dear Louise & Trudi,   Thank you for being fabulous again. - I really had a brilliant time, relaxing, knitting, making new friends, - you really make a fantastic retreat & I look forward to a 4th time with you. You are both very special & knowledgeable & I am missing you already!!      with love Dana  xx


Spectacular, unique and historic, Rock House is the opportunity to live in and experience one of Edinburgh's heritage landmark buildings with a fascinating history and connection to early photography in a setting that is hard to beat.

I am sure you wil agree that it is a superb venue for a knitting Retreat.

Rock House couldn’t be more central. Its two minutes from the east end of Princes Street and so you can easily walk everywhere......

Rock House is simply wonderful. Charming, unique, special and filled with a sense of history.

Rock House is a very special secret. You pass through a beautiful wrought iron gate and up some steps. When you reach the top you’ll have a sense of excitement at what’s to come as you walk past a well-tended vegetable garden and into the house itself. Turn around and the elevated position of the house means that the views over Edinburgh are incredible and yet the house is hardly overlooked. The entrance also takes you directly to the private garden. Look up and you’ll see the Dugald Stewart monument made famous as it is always in the classic photograph of Edinburgh from Calton Hill. The garden feels private with a spectacular setting, with the back drop of Calton Hill.

Rock House is a spectacular Edinburgh landmark home with a fascinating history. Calton Hill, the street upon which Rock House sits, was built from 1750 and so it pre-dates Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. In 1843 Rock House was owned by Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill. Together, they are widely credited with having established the use of photography as an art form. They specialised in calotypes, which have come to be known as ‘Sun Pictures’ and they were aided by Rock House’s elevated position and abundance of natural sunlight. Major collections of their work are held in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and The Getty Museum. Rock House continued to be a photographic studio for over a century and Archibald Burns and Francis Caird Inglis lived there. Entering the house, it immediately feels special.

I am sure you will agree that it is an amaaaazing venue for a knitting retreat.

Rock House accommodation is over two floors. You enter into a charming dining kitchen which is filled with light as there are four windows with amazing views. There’s a range cooker and a dining table to seat 8. Next door there’s a very attractive drawing room and a double bedroom. Close to the entrance, there’s a shower room and a utility room.    You climb a charming period staircase to the upper floor with a study area on the landing. The master bedroom is elegant with stunning views over Arthur's Seat. There is also a pretty twin bedroom and a fourth bedroom with a small double. There are two bathrooms on this floor, both accessed from the hallway; a shower room and a bathroom with a shower over the bath.

In addition to Rock House we have two more bedrooms in the Terrace Apartment, which is attached to  Rock House as well as an additional bedroom in the Photographers studio.

(until I am able to work out how to put photos up here please google rock House, Edinburgh for wonderful photos)


Sunday 5th - 12th 2017

Set over 8 days (7 nights)including:- a 4 day Knitting Retreat, explore Edinburgh on open topped bus, all meals, an introduction to Crewel Work... 

Price £850 per person- single occupancy,  or £650 per person - 2 people sharing. Includes Dinner.



4.30pm (ish) Afternoon Tea & Scones

Get Settled in to Rock House

6.30pm  Evening Meal

Get to Know One another
Wine and Knit  and chat and share ideas


Breakfast 9 am

 Your day to do what you like, with the option in the morning to go on the open topped tour bus (keep your ticket for the day as you can go on and off throughout the day)

Lunch 1pm (back at Rock House or a packed lunch)

Keep exploring or just knit

Evening Meal 6.30pm


Breakfast   9am

Class      10am

How to do Continental Knitting-Louises Way
Tubular/double knitting  ... 
Skill Sharing
1pm       Lunch 

2pm       Relax and knit away the afternoon or explore Edinburgh

6.30pm     Meal at Venue and Knit into the evening


Breakfast  9am

Class     10am

Bead Knitting,
Knitting with wire and beading
Skill Sharing
1pm        Lunch at venue or explore Edinburgh and its many eating places.

2pm        Relax and Knit or explore or try your hand at Crewel Work

6.30       Evening Meal

Relax and Knit or try your hand at Crewel Work


Breakfast    9am

Class     10am

Invisible Mending
Skill Sharing
Finish off projects

1pm       Lunch

Relax and Knit or explore or try your hand at Crewel Work

6.30pm   Evening Meal
Relax and Knit ortry your hand at Crewel Work


9 am  Breakfast

10am   same as Friday, go to EYF with Packed Lunch

6.30pm  Last Evening Meal


8.30am Breakfast

10.30 vacate House by train ,plane or automobile


please note that wine is served at evening meals

Fresh Home made Irish Soda bread is served warm at Breakfast along with home made jams and Marmalade, after having the option of hearty Scottish porridge.

There is a constant supply of Tea and Coffee throughout the day along with other delightful nibbles