Short Painting Break in the South of France



Indulge in delicious food, local wines, delightful sights and individual art tuition on this 3 night painting holiday in France; master new skills in painting and art with a fantastic hands-on teacher who knows how to bring out the best in your work while you stay in a lovely rural French farmhouse!

Highlights of the Trip

  • Option to add on extra tuition or have more free time to relax.
  • French farmhouse accommodation with swimming pool, gardens & terraces.
  • Home-cooked meals served daily and art supplies included.

Discover your full potential with a range of paints, time, inspiration and instruction on this 3 night / 4 day painting break in France. With trails, animals, an artisan workshop, night markets, local wines, and the finest foods, there is no end to what you can discover here, and what creation will come from it.

Your host on this creative holiday is the talented and welcoming Jo, whose experience covers all forms of art; from painting with different mediums, to art restoration, conservation, bookbinding, and art history. Her pride and passion is helping you find your inner creativity; at any level you may be at. For the beginner painter, she will help you find the medium right for you and your own unique voice, and for the more experienced, she can help you go to the next level with new materials and a new way to see things.

Jo’s philosophy is that she herself is learning every time she takes on a new group, and loves the interaction with like minded people. Learning is a big focus of her holiday, not just techniques and painting styles, but spiritually and emotionally. She has created an interactive holiday for students to learn from each other, bounce new ideas around, and share various painting techniques.

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a beautifully restored farmhouse
  • Please note: prices are per person and based on a double room with ensuite or shared bathroom; please check availability
  • There are no single supplements for solo travellers
  • Daily morning and afternoon sketching, painting sessions, art history and tuition
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Wine, beer and drinks with lunches and dinners
  • Coffee and tea throughout the day
  • The following art supplies: Watercolour paper, Watercolours (tubes), Acrylics (tubes), A selection of brushes, Use of easels and other studio equipment, A3 acid free mount, A3 Beech frame for your best work to make a great addition to your home
  • Use of the pool from May-September
  • A transportation to and from the lively local night market on your free day (Thursday only)
  • Transfers from the local train station
  • Check in and check out time is flexible; however please note that only breakfast is served on day 4


What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenses

Location Information

Just 30 minutes from Bergerac airport, your cosy home away from home was originally owned by vine workers who resided in 3 stone cottages, and has now been beautifully converted into its present form; retaining the intimacy of a cottage whilst being airy and spacious.

Sainte-Foy-La-Grande has a fabulous Saturday farmers’ market, lots of bars & restaurants and its river is the perfect place to stroll, try a gourmet meal in a local restaurant, or have a coffee on the terrace under the old arcades. During the summer months, you’ll be called to the gourmet night markets with music every Thursday night, which your host would be happy to escort you to.

– Conveniently located just 30 minutes from Bergerac airport
– A beautiful rural location surrounded by vineyards, trails, a bamboo forest, pond and terraces
– In-ground pool available from May-September
– Honesty bar for your convenience
– Wood burning stove in the cooler months and electric fans available in the summer
– Accommodation in lovingly restored 18th century vine workers cottage, that has become the modern farmhouse you see today
– Large comfortable double rooms, decorated with comfort and style whilst maintaining many traditional features
– 1 room has a waterbed and ensuite bathroom, whilst the other 2 double rooms share a Jacuzzi bathroom
– Large gardens covering 3 hectares
– Onsite studio on a covered terrace for outdoor inspiration
– 10 minutes from Sainte-Foy-La-Grande, if you feel the need to shop, pop out for a drink, or mingle

Getting there

Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using to check flights.

Nearest airport:
Bergerac (30 minutes by car)

Transfers to and from Bergerac can be pre-booked for approximately €50 each way (this can be shared with other guests).

Nearest train station:
Sainte Foy La Grande (10 minutes by car)

A free pick up service from the train station is provided.

Taxis can be found outside of the airport or train station. If you prefer, your host would be happy to pre-arrange a taxi for you, just let them know.

Other Information

Who is this holiday suitable for?
– Suitable for all painting levels from beginners to advanced
– Minimum age 18
– During this holiday, you are free to work with whatever medium you like, however, the holiday mainly focuses on watercolour and pastel and the various qualities of acrylic and gouache

I’m a solo traveller  – can I join?
– Courses have a maximum of 6 people in each group, singles are very welcome as you’ll meet others with a passion for art and there are NO single supplements for those travelling solo

When can I start?
– Arrival days are on selected dates during the year
– Painting holidays are for 3 nights / 4 days
– If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
– All holidays are on request so please email us [email protected] and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

What to bring
– Although supplies are provided (watercolours and acrylics), feel free to bring your favourite brushes, paints, or paper
– Please bring suitable footwear for walking
– Swimming costume if you are visiting during pool season

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
– Although this location does not have official disabled access, the front door is wide enough for a wheelchair
– The main bedroom and ensuite are all on one level and on the ground floor
– There are no cobblestones, however there are slopes. Although not the easiest venue for wheelchairs, your host would be happy to help any way she can
– The shower in the ensuite has one step up into it
– If a person is able to walk but has ‘some’ restrictions then we would need further information concerning their needs and would be very honest if we felt the person could not participate in the activity holidays

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  1. S Lee

    Tuesday 22nd October, 2019
    I had the best time learning new skills in watercolour in a fabulous location along with excellent service and teaching from Jo. I highly recommend this if you enjoy art, peace and quiet surrounded by nature (and animals) and enjoy wine on the side! The perfect combination for a relaxing time away.

  2. D Sherman

    Sunday 15th September, 2019
    Had an amazing and memorable experience on this painting holiday last September. I'm from Canada and decided to do this solo trip, unsure of what to expect. Jo-Anne is a super-talented artist and great teacher who was very warm and welcoming. The property was gorgeous, and very serene. Great setting that was both very calming and inspiring for me as a beginner painter. Jo tailored her lessons and the overall experience to meet my learning needs as well as show me a great time in Sainte Foy so I could get a taste of the great food, wine and culture of the region. I had an unforgettable experience and recommend this holiday to anyone who needs a tranquil getaway while connecting with their artistic side.

  3. H Bowers

    Wednesday 8th May, 2019
    Set in a peaceful and inspiring location in a charming house. Jo and her partner are wonderful, generous hosts welcoming us wholeheartedly into their home. They kindly invited us to join them to meet their friends, giving us a special pan-European, cultural experience. Jo is an encouraging teacher.

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