Welcome!

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. MY NAME IS PETER THOMSON (B.A.D.A.DIP.1974) I AM HEAD TUTOR OF 'THE RETREAT' ANTIQUE FURNITURE RESTORATION & FRENCH POLISHING COURSES.

I recall one of the best moments of my life 38 years ago as a student. I had just finished restoring my first piece of antique furniture. The incredible feelings of satisfaction and achievement as I saw that badly damaged, shabby little table transformed into a thing of beauty. I had rescued a piece of history that would be both useful and a joy to behold for decades to come. It sparked off a love of antique furniture and restoration that culminated in the privilege of my being asked to teach and to restore some of the finest antique furniture in the world. (For the National Trust, Sothebys, the Jordanian Royal Family and private collectors and dealers, both here and in the U.S.A.).

It is now my privilege to channel all I have learned over the years into our courses.

Restoring antique furniture