Announcing Designhounds UK Retreat – Antiques, Textiles, Ceramics and Best of British – May 2025 Announcement

Announcing Designhounds UK Retreat – Antiques, Textiles, Ceramics and Best of British – May 2025 Announcement

Were you experiencing FOMO from our 2023 Designhounds Retreat in France? We’re pretty sure you did unless of course you were one of our amazing group of participants last year. Either way, fear not because we’re about to knock your socks off yet again, this time with a Designhounds UK Retreat. We are hosting this retreat in London and the stunning countryside of Herefordshire.

The focus of the retreat and tour program will be on antiques, vintage textiles, and British legacy brands. We’ll cover the decorative plumbing and ceramics world, and of course, all things British Lifestyle. Think Mother’s Day brunch in London, a VIP experience at Battersea Antiques Fair, a vintage textile tour and three nights in a fabulous country house complete with artisan, makers and antiques tours. Yeah we know – it really will be epic.

Take a look at our agenda below and contact us for more questions or sign up. Spaces are extremely limited since this will be another intimate experience for those of you who want to source, learn, travel, and connect with like-minded design lovers.

Day 1: Official arrival day in London

You will be staying at a luxury boutique hotel in Central London (final selection depending on group size) for four nights with daily breakfast included. Opening night dinner will kick things off in style.

Day 2: Battersea Antiques Fair Day

Our first official day in London is dedicated to Battersea Antiques Fair with special meet & greets with leading antiques and vintage dealers and VIP events before the show tour and after – hosted by show management and the UK-based House Directory.

Ground transport will be provided for the day. A beautiful dinner in Chelsea will offer a private setting for the team to unwind and share favorite moments from the day.

Day 3: Mother’s Day Brunch

Yes, we know we’re dragging you away from the family on Mother’s Day but we thought a luxurious brunch might make up for it. We’ll be inviting some of our closest UK designer friends for a big, beautiful networking bash.

The rest of the day is off – think shopping, shopping, and more shopping.

Day 4: Antiques Textile Tour

Ltf Embroidered Textiles Designhounds UK retreat

Designhounds founder Veronika Miller fell in love last fall at the Antiques Textile Fair in Chelsea. The fair isn’t on in May BUT she was so convinced that you’d love it as much as she did that we’re organizing a private tour of some of the best vendors from the show.

Day 5: Hitting the Road – Antiquing in the Countryside

We’re hitting the road early and leaving London behind for a day trip to visit some of Britain’s legacy decorative plumbing and ceramics manufacturers near Birmingham. Lunch and dinner will be served.

The day will end with a fireside reception at our country house hotel where we will be spending the next three nights. Feast your eyes on Uplands, an Elizabethan Manor House near Ledbury on the Welsh border.

Designhounds UK retreat

Day 6: Fontaine’s Antiques and Restoration Workshop

We plan to spend a leisurely day at Uplands, with a deep dive into the onsite showroom, Fontaine’s which has lots of small and reasonably priced items. We’ll then take a house tour, afternoon tea in the drawing room, a restoration workshop, and, of course, have some cocktails.

Dinner will end the immersive day with a talk on the history of the house and the “Fontaine Story”.

Day 7: Ledbury Historic Welsh Marshes

The next day, we’ll explore the historic town of Ledbury and surrounding areas with visits to:

Dinner will end another design and art-filled day at Talbot Inn´s historic panelled dining room https://www.talbotledbury.co.uk/

Day 8: Antiques in Tents Show

We’ll spend our final day in the country at Antiques in Tents www.antiquesintents.co.uk. You will be able to explore on your own before we meet you again for a hosted lunch and afternoon tea.

This evening, we will drive back to Greater London for our farewell dinner and final night stay in a beautiful country hotel with an easy drive back to London Heathrow for your departures.

Day 9: Official departure day

For more information please contact us at events@designhounds.com

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