French Painting Holiday Gascony

from £750 pp

France , South West, Gascony

8 Days

Max 10 people

What you'll do

Discover rural France with a painter’s eye during this unforgettable 7 night painting holiday in Gascony; stay in a stunning farmhouse, while seeing and tasting all the region has to offer with first class tuition during ‘en plein air’ and studio sessions as you take your art skills to a new level.

Get away from it all on this 7 night painting holiday in south west France. Meet new people or bring your friends on this delightful art holiday that takes you fresh from the natural beauty of the French countryside into the large ‘grenier’ studio for a wealth of painting tuition and 1 to 1 guidance during your creative holiday to focus on relaxation and improving your art.

Frequent excursions to nearby beautiful towns or villages and other inspiring points of interest will give you the opportunity to paint ‘en plein air’ as well as discover the cultural highlights of the region.

In addition to discovering the fundamentals of composition and drawing, you will be taught to know and work with your colours, blending, and guided up into the finishing touches, focusing on what works for you and what techniques you need to enhance to give you the confidence to take your artistic skills to a new level even after your holiday is over.

Artists Antony Williams and Caroline Bays are both renowned in the artistic communities of the UK and Europe, and their work can be found internationally. They have decades of experience in teaching and helping students find what works best for themselves and how to express themselves through their own artistic individuality and mediums.

Your art holiday hosts, Claire and Martin, are the backbone of your French home away from home, making sure every comfort is met and that you have all of the fine cuisine that you can fit in. Although they do make sure you have a quality breakfast and lunch each day, the real treat comes during your 4 course dinners after aperitifs, seated in the dining room with regional wines and great company.

The farmhouse accommodation has recently been renovated to bring out its natural charm, making use of the barn space into an open plan kitchen, a lovely studio, as well as providing some ensuite rooms, along with spacious family rooms to accommodate all needs. With Egyptian cotton linen and sheets, WiFi throughout, and even a wood burner for the cooler nights, the space is as lovely inside, as it is out, with the rolling vineyards, terraces, and pool; all there for your relaxation and inspiration.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival & Accommodation

– Arrive and take the time to settle into your accommodation


Your accommodation that has been renovated with every detail in mind, you will find yourself surrounded by rolling acres of vineyards, a luxurious pool and plenty of outside space. In addition, feel free to play some games or sit by the pool with a good book.

Please note that if there are no rooms available in the main house, the hosts will use a local chambre d’hôte run by an English owner which is just a 3 minute drive / 20 minute walk away; there are 2 ensuite double rooms and 1 ensuite twin room and transport to and from will be provided and included in the price.

– Surrounded by acres of vineyards, the 19th century accommodation is a lovingly restored Maison du Maître
– The property has 5 rooms for guests to use (3 are ensuite); some with double beds, some with twin, based upon your needs
– The rooms are spacious and stylishly and lovingly decorated
– Full open kitchen, dining room and living room to relax in
– Modern bathrooms throughout
– Just a 2 kilometre walk away, you will find the local village with a shop, pharmacy, bar and hairdressers
– If there are no rooms available in the main house, the hosts will use a local chambre d’hote run by an English owner which is just a 3 minute drive / 20 minute walk away; there are 2 ensuite double rooms and 1 ensuite twin room and transport to and from will be provided and included in the price
– Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
– Relaxing TV room as well as a separate sitting room
– Large attic studio for you to use as an artist space
– WiFi throughout
– Egyptian cotton linen and towels provided
– Library of books and games for your down time, along with a table tennis table, rope swing, bicycles, badminton set and football net, as well as the 12m x 6m pool
– Please note that there are 3 friendly family dogs who will be sharing your accommodation but will not enter your bedrooms unless invited
– Transportation to the nearby village of Viella is available whenever you need it
– Check in anytime after lunch on day 1 and checkout by 10am on day 8, but feel free to hang around depending on your flight or train times

A Typical Day

– 9am: Greet the morning with a beautiful breakfast spread
– 10am-1pm: Have an excursion and discover a new place or subject to draw or paint ‘en plein air’ with expert instruction*
– 1-5pm: Enjoy lunch before heading to a favourite spot or the studio to focus on what you started that morning; your tutor will be there to help you focus and offer 1 to 1 guidance
– 7-8pm: relax and enjoy aperitif by the pool before dinner
– 8pm: Join everyone in the dining room for a beautiful 4 course dinner with wine, and catch up on your day

*More or less time may be spent at a particular place, depending on the guests’ needs; typical excursions will include landscapes such as rural, i.e. vineyards, rivers, lakes, and some will be small towns/villages and markets, giving you plenty of diversity


– After breakfast, pack your bags and prepare for your transfer to the airport

Reviews (2)

V Wheater, Canada

Monday 19th August, 2019

Claire and Martin are lovely hosts who are warm and welcoming to everyone. They instill a very relaxed atmosphere to the guests in their home. Claire is a gourmet cook who “wowed” us with fabulous cuisine everyday for lunch and dinner! I enjoyed the comeraderie with the fellow artists!

S Keegan

Sunday 9th September, 2018

Wonderful holiday in beautiful surroundings and delicious food :)

South West, Gascony

Location Info

Within easy access to Bordeaux and Toulouse airports, this stunning, historic farmhouse lies in the heart of Gascony, tucked away from city life, yet surrounded by rolling vineyards and the village of Viella right on your doorstep. Try the local A..

  • 7 nights accommodation in the farmhouse, Gite or chambre d’hôte
  • 5 days of hands on art tuition
  • All transport to painting excursions and transport into local village if you wish
  • All meals and wine throughout your holiday (except on one evening when you have dinner out)
  • Some bicycles available for you to use during your stay
  • Anything you would care to use at the accommodation during your stay – please make yourself at home in the kitchen, pool or with the games, bicycles and table tennis
  • Transfers to and from Bordeaux or Toulouse airports
  • Check in anytime after lunch on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8

French Painting Holiday Gascony