Introduction to Lime & Lime Plastering (2 Day) Course - August

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Introduction to Lime & Lime Plastering (2 Day) Course - August
£320.00 (Excl. VAT)

Availability: No spaces available

Course Date: 29/08/2024

This 2 day course covers the same ground as the one day Introduction to Lime course and the one day Lime Plastering course but has a smaller group size and offers more flexibility. It has the added benefit of being able to return to your work the following day and seeing how the materials react over a longer period of time.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the colour and texture of products on this website but due to the limitations of technology, we strongly recommend that sample products are purchased for testing in situ prior to the full order being placed.


This two day course combines the one day introduction to Lime and one day Lime Plastering courses. It looks at plastering in more detail and provides considerably more time for practical hands-on work.

Suitability: It is suitable for anyone involved in the repair of old buildings or in the construction of ecological new-builds – contractors, homeowners and specifiers with a basic knowledge of lime and/or plastering.

The day will start at 8:30am with tea/coffee introductions, for a prompt start to the course at 9am. A good home-cooked lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day and we aim to finish by 5pm.

You should wear suitable work clothes. Tools and any protective clothing required will be supplied.

There will be plenty of time to talk to tutors regarding individual projects or applications. We encourage you to bring photographs of projects and samples of plasters and mortars for discussion. The amount of time we can give will depend on numbers.  

The course aims to raise awareness and understanding of lime based minerals, and promote confidence in their use, as well as a full understanding of how lime plaster works and an introduction to application procedures. We have people with a wide range of experience on the courses from homeowners with very little practical knowledge to tradesmen with many years’ experience. We’re obviously not going to turn you into a craftsmen if you haven’t already got the tool skills but you will get a feel for the materials, an understanding of how and where they should be used.

These courses are very popular, if the course/date that you want says 'full' or you cannot see a date that suits you, please email as we keep reserve lists and regularly put on extra courses to keep up with demand so let us know what you are interested in and when suits you so that we can try to accommodate you.

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Simple questions such as Location, Timings, What to bring etc are dealt with at the beginning, information on Quality, Accreditation and Feedback are provided towards the end of this section.

Where are the courses held?   The courses are held at our Training Centre at Ty Mawr Farm, Llangasty near Brecon in mid Wales (LD3 7PJ) (See 'Training Facilities' tab above)

How can I find the Training Centre? Click here for  Directions to Ty Mawr Farm - postcode LD3 7PJ.

What time does it start?   The courses start at 9.30am prompt with tea / coffee / introductions at 9am.

When will it finish?   We aim to finish by 5pm (but it depends how many questions people are asking!)

Will food be provided?   Yes, we provide a good, home cooked lunch in the middle of the day and refreshments (tea / coffee / cakes) throughout the day just to keep you going. When you book you will be asked if you have any particular dietary requirements.

What accommodation is available?   We have a small campsite that course attendees are welcome to use, and there is a good range of accommodation within the surrounding area. (See 'Accommodation' tab above or click here)

What should I wear?   You should wear suitable workclothes and footwear as there is a large practical element to the course.  Protective equipment such as safety spectacles and gloves will be provided.

Do I need to bring anything else?   All tools and protective equipment are provided but some craftsmen like to bring their own tools. You may also want to bring samples of mortar / photos of your own projects if you want to discuss specific issues.

How many people will be on the course?   We usually have up to 16 people on Introduction to Lime courses but have a maximum ratio of 8 participants to 1 tutor. On each course there will be a stonemason (building and pointing tutor) and a plastering tutor as well as Ty Mawr staff.

What experience do I need?   We have people with a wide range of experience on these courses from homeowners with very little practical knowledge to tradesmen with many years of experience to architects. Over the years we've found that everyone, no matter what level they're starting from, found the course to be relevant to them.

What will I have learnt by the end of the day?   The course aims to raise awareness and understanding of lime based materials, and to promote confidence in their use. We're obviously not going to turn you into stonemason or plasterer if you haven't already got the tool skills, but you will get a feel for the materials, an understanding of how and where they should be used, and the confidence to start using them.

Is any written information supplied to take away?   Yes, as part of the course you will be given a copy of the recently revised 'Ty Mawr Lime Handbook', a 92-page practical guide that normally retails at £20. It covers types of lime and their applications as well as lists of useful tools, related organisations, product safety data sheets etc.

Is the course accredited?   The introductory talk at the start of the day has been accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. 

Will I get a certificate?   The course is not assessed but we do provide an attendance certificate. Many architectural and building firms have sent staff on the course over the years and the content is widely recognised as being relevant to professionals, trades and homeowners.

Is the course linked to the new Heritage Skills CSCS card?    Not directly but a lot of the material is relevant and provides good, underpinning knowledge and understanding for elements of the NVQ in Heritage Skills.

Why are the courses more expensive than some other providers?   We know that our courses are more expensive than some other providers but we make no apologies for this as we feel that the content and quality are second to none. Many of the reasons for this have been given above such as the RIBA accreditation, the use of very experienced tutors drawn from across England and Wales, the provision of the Ty Mawr Lime Handbook (RRP £20), not to mention the location and the food! This is supported by the feedback received.

Feedback and Review
As part of our ISO9001:2000 Quality Management Certification, we carry out a regular review of the feedback we receive.

Accommodation Options


We are located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the edge of Llangorse Lake, a nature reserve – so we highly recommend that you take a little time either side of your course with us to stay in the Park and have the time to enjoy the mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, buildings, towns, canals, restaurants and pubs - there are lots of great places to stay – here are a few suggestions….



Cathedine FawrCathedine Bed & Breakfast

Peterstone Court Llanhamlach 01874 665387

Country House Hotel with leisure facilities

The Old Ford Inn Llanhamlach 01874 665220

No breakfast available before 9.30am.

Brynderwen Cottage Talyllyn, Brecon LD3 7SY. Self Catering 07989 695143



Pen-y-Bryn Guest House Llangors LD3 7UG. 01874 658606

Located in the quiet village of Llangors which has two pubs within walking distance for an evening meal.

Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount.

Ty Gwydr Llangors 01874658413

Self Catering


Borderers Guesthouse Brecon 01874 623559

Bed & Breakfast.

Flag & Castle House Brecon 01874 625032

Bed & Breakfast.

Gliffaes Country House Hotel Crickhowell (insulated with our sheep’s wool insulation) 01874 730371

Luxury 4 Star Hotel.

Old Mill Felinfach 01874 625385

Bed &Breakfast.

The Allt Talybont on Usk 01874 676310

Bed & Breakfast.  

The Bridge Cafe Brecon (exhibiting Tŷ-Mawr paints & plasters) 01874 622024

Bed & Breakfast. Packed lunch and dinner available on request.

The Castle Hotel Talgarth 07789 682335.

The Coach House Brecon 01874 620043

Bed, Breakfast & Evening meals.

The Griffin Inn Felinfach (exhibiting Tŷ-Mawr paints & plasters) 01874 620111

Wonderful restaurant & pub.

The Lodge B&B Llanfrynach 01874 665714

Bed & Breakfast.

The Mill Cottage Trefeitha

Self Catering

The Travellers Talybont on Usk 01874 676233

Restaurant and Rooms.

Trefecca Farm Talgarth 01874 711306

Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering.

‘Quarry Mans Cottage’ Pentwyn Mawr Bwlch

Bed & Breakfast.

Cefnmachllys Shepherd's Hut Talachddu 07940 015642

Self Catering situated on 400-year-old farmstead conserved with Ty-Mawr materials.





There is a lovely campsite at Tŷ-Mawr Farm (where the course is held) with toilets and cold running water. Additional facilities such as a hot shower, fire pit and kitchenette can be made available. There is a Kitchen Garden on site with fresh and Welsh produce available in a small farm shop.  Please call Rae on 07949396589 or email or click here to find out more. Click here to see a map of our site and it's facilities. 



Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080.

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount.

For individuals and groups of any size. Self catering with a lovely pub just across the road, serving really good food!



Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount

Penpont, nr. Sennybridge (a beautiful estate with many examples of our materials) 01874 636202

Self catering facilities for up to 14 people in 6 bedrooms, suitable for large groups and conferences



Glanplant Bwlch 01874 730080

Old Stable Cottage Gilwern

Ty-Gwydr, Llangorse (built with all of our materials, insulation, glaster® & paints) 01874 658413

Luxury accommodation that sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, an outdoor hot tub and mountain views.

Treberfydd House Llangasty 01874 730205

Within walking distance of Tŷ-Mawr 

Priory Mill Brecon (restored with all of our materials)

The Neuadd Llangattock, Crickhowell NP8 1LE 07854 773419.

Trefecca Farm Talgarth 01874 711306

Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering

Youth Hotel Association

Area Information

Ty Mawr is based in a farmstead in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is on the site of a medieval manor house overlooking Llangors Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales. The area is rich in wildlife and history.

There are a variety of walks from Ty Mawr; stroll along the edge of the lake through meadows and woodland or climb to the summit of one of the surrounding hills giving stunning panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.

There are also plenty of opportunities for other outdoor activities in the area including birdwatching, fishing and sailing on the lake, ponytrekking and a climbing activity centre.


Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

I highly recommend this course ...
Thanks to everyone at Ty-Mawr. We attended the 16th/17th April 2015 course. What a great 2 days! We learned loads about lime, had a go at pointing and plastering ... and had plenty of tea and biscuits! We can't wait to get started on our cottage. I highly recommend this course ... and we had a lovely home-cooked lunch each day too!" JC, Bridgend, April 2015 Review by JC, Bridgend / (Posted on 23/06/2016)
I will take this opportunity to say how much I enjoyed the course. I thought that Nigel, Scott and Matthew went way beyond the call of duty, as it were. My thanks also to the ladies who managed the catering, which was delicious and so nicely dished up. I felt that we were truly welcome rather than just another lot of attendees. Above all it was fairly inspiring to talk to people who were clearly not just expert but passionate about their work. Review by EB-H (May 2015) / (Posted on 23/06/2016)
Excellent in every regard ...
I would also like to take the opportunity to say how excellent the course was in every regard, the information provided, the catering, the hands on work and the attention to each individual was faultless. I enjoyed every moment and came away feeling confident in my own skills and well informed about the types of lime and insulation suitable for my own projects." AS, June 2015 Review by AS (June 2015) / (Posted on 23/06/2016)
A great 2 days
Thanks for a great two days. The course was a great balance of theory and practice and the opportunity to discuss our own projects with experienced professionals was invaluable. The advice on materials selection was also good, as was the 10% discount! Review by Louise (Sept 2015) / (Posted on 23/06/2016)