Batik Workshop and Birdwatching Holiday - Reviews

"I loved my room and en-suite, very comfortable and kept beautifully, it was a joy to sit on the little terrace and enjoy a stunning view of the beautiful lake. The birdwatching was an interesting new experience. Frank was a brilliant and knowledgeable guide he kept the day out lively and interesting. We were taken to a hide and there was huge excitement when a beautiful kingfisher flew onto the lake. I loved how relaxed and informal the batik sessions were so that we still enjoyed a holiday atmosphere. Wonderful food and a stunning location - I loved being away from it all. I loved the four friendly dogs and the Harry the eccentric parrot. Frank and Daniela are excellent hosts with a rare talent of bringing everyone together, friends family visitors and staff, at their huge dining table every evening. Marie Therese went out of her way to make us all feel welcome, relaxed and happy. A really fabulous holiday!" Ginny Oct 2017


Pick up was great, felt well looked after. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable with sufficient space and attractive furnishing to make for a feeling of home from home. It was great to have the bathroom as a spacious and well equipped en-suite with plenty of hot water, strong shower, bath, and daily cleaning and servicing. The birdwatching was very good. Such competent leadership by Frank who knows the territory like the back of his hands and the birds -many as individuals! He is so quick to predict and spot their presence and help us see them. All backed up with high quality photos of the birds we actually saw.  Such a privilege. We saw a number of species new to us, and had a brilliant sighting of Kingfisher and Waxbills which each became the starting subjects of my batik. The batik sessions were very enjoyable and well taught with unobtrusive and timely interventions to keep us from potentially disastrous actions. It was great to be able to tie in the birds with the batik. It was good to be relaxed about length and number of sessions and to make the best of the weather. Thank you for the flexibility. Food was delicious, varied and healthy. Many thanks to Daniela. We really enjoyed the family atmosphere with everyone sitting down together, guests and house team. It was lovely to meet such a changing set of varied other guests with their languages, cultures and life experiences to share. The candles in the evening were a very special and atmospheric touch. Brilliant holiday full of colour and sunshine; good humour and support. The birds behaved and appeared on cue; Frank was amazing with his knowledge of birds, expeditions, photography and quiet enthusiasm. We even made 'friends' with his very own parrot. Marie-Therese was well prepared and full of initiative and support for our batik, making possible whatever we were trying to achieve. I love my finished batiks and feel inspired to do more. Holiday gave good value for money. I'd go again!" Diana Oct 2017