Goldwork Embroidery Retreats

Foxhills House and Gardens in Frodsham

Goldwork Embroidery Retreats – We are delighted to be able to offer residential courses at our chosen venue is Foxhill House and Gardens, this beautiful house in located in the Cheshire countryside set within 70 acres of mature woodland and lawns, on the outskirts of the lovely village of Frodsham. You can see a bit more about the history of the house below.

All residential’s include accommodation at Foxhill house, which is generally a on suite bedroom for one. Occasionally we will have other options available.

The house has free WiFi throughout, but due to the rural location signal strength may vary, There are 2 large carparks available one at the top outside the house and another at the start of the driveway. A coffee lounge is also available which serves a supply of Tea, Coffee and juices as well as a fully stocked bar which operates an ‘honesty box’ system.

Accommodation is available from 4pm on the day of arrival. Each bedroom is centrally heated and comes equipped with all bed linen and towels, tea and coffee making facilities, and a desk

All meals are included, type of meal can differ from course to course but to give you an idea:

Breakfast includes cereals, fruit, toast, or full-cooked English breakfast.

Morning Coffee (or a variety of teas, Coffee or juice) comes with a selection of biscuits.

Lunch is served as a buffet, hot or cold.

Afternoon Tea (a variety of teas, or coffee, or juice) is served with biscuits.

Dinner is a three-course meal, hot or cold.

Next available course

History of Goldwork, Flames and Cross.

The next course with availability is our Flames and Cross course, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn the history of goldwork and complete a beautiful traditional design with a modern twist.

Find more information on our Illuminated letters retreat HERE

Find more information on our History of Goldwork, Flames and Crosses

New Residential dates

We are happy to announce that we will be holding more retreats in 2021 and 2022

17th – 21st May 2021 – Illuminated Letters Sold Out

26th – 30th July 2021 – Illuminated Letters (due to phenomenal demand) Sold out

6th – 18th September 2021 – History of Goldwork Flames and Cross

2022 – dates to be confirmed

Art Nouveau

Goldwork Box

Peacock and Techniques

For more information or to register your interest please e-mail us at [email protected]

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History of Foxhill

Some interesting key dates in the History of the Foxhill estate

Early 1860s      

The Revd Richard Greenall, Rural Dean of Frodsham, bought a piece of land from the Marquis of Cholmondeley’s estate in the part of Frodsham known as Woodhouses.

During 1886/7        

The building of the house began.  It was designed by an architect whose name is not known, in the then popular ‘Italianate style.’  The bricks were of the yellow glazed type often used in cities, as they were easy to clean in the sooty atmosphere.  There is a well shaft below the cellar that is 103 feet deep, and carved out of the solid sandstone rock. For everyday use, the architect and builder added a rock-hewn water cistern in the hillside, which connected to the water tank in the house. 

29th September 1868       

The Woodhouses estate was bought by James Reynolds, a hide leather merchant from Liverpool who had known the Archdeacon for many years.  Reynolds had to borrow most of the money for the purchase.


Woodlands was renamed again, and became Foxhill House.  The carved coat of arms, situated above the Library window, displays a portcullis with a fox. 

1895 – 1917       

Philip and Eliza Speakman owned Foxhill House.  They were self-made and highly respected in the Liverpool and Runcorn areas.  Philip was in ship-building and also the coal and lime merchant business.  Among other roles, he was a Cheshire County Councillor for 25 years, and President of Runcorn Football Club.  

1917 – 1920       

Frank and Jane Brocklehurst owned Foxhill.  Frank was a partner of a ship-building firm in Liverpool.  They moved on only because Frank became MP for West Kirby.

1920 – 1944      

Robert and Alice Newton Davies bought Foxhill for £11,000.  Robert was senior partner of Messrs Simpson, Davies and Son of Liverpool, a firm of coal, sand and lime merchants.  It was Robert and Alice who laid out the croquet lawn.  They employed nine staff to look after the gardens and woods. The Davies were known for their generosity, and gave annual Christmas boxes to the operators of the Runcorn Transporter Bridge. 

1945 – 1960      

Christopher and Coraline Posnett bought Foxhill at the end of the War, so that their sons could grow up in the countryside.  Posnett was proprietor of the Highfield and Camden Tanneries in Runcorn, employing up to 3,000 people. The Posnett family were keen Methodists, and Christopher was a lay preacher.  He also helped set up the Frodsham branch of the National Children’s Home.   He was known to be very concerned about the welfare of his workforce.