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Painting Holiday in Gascony

From £1262 pp

France, Gascony

8 Days

Small Group up to 6 People

Painting Holiday in Gascony

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What You'll Do

Learn to paint whilst exploring this beautiful region which will help to inspire your creative side. The region of Gascony is famed for being a culinary haven, having charming local wines, and the allure of Gascony Armagnac. There is so much more than scenery to take in for your art.

Your mornings will be spent at the gallery in Condom with Florencia for your art classes. Then, you will head off to lunch either at the farmhouse, or at a local restaurant. Afternoons will be spent with visits to beautiful vineyards for wine tasting, local French markets, an art exhibition and general sightseeing. Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool. You could also use this time to  take advantage of some of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling.

Stay in a stunning renovated farmhouse in the glorious region of Gascony in South West of France with its own swimming pool and 50 acres of land. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind and your hosts Adam and Caroline will be on hand at all times to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. There are also no single supplements for solo travellers, making this a fantastic holiday for singles.

Experience
Highlights

Improve your painting skills with a local artist

Daily outings to vineyards, local markets, galleries & more

Stay in a picturesque farmhouse with a large swimming pool

Your Local Host:

Caroline & Adam

Caroline is a qualified jewellery making teacher from the UK and her husband Adam is a passionate cook. They moved to South West France looking for a change of lifestyle and now run their hugely successful jewellery making and activity holidays from Baron-Figués, where you will be staying. Caroline has been a qualified jewellery teacher for over 20 years and has experience in setting up and running training centres teaching practical skills. She is a senior instructor in both PMC and Art Clay and has experience in using a wide range of clays and other materials. Adam is a serious gastro enthusiast, as much in love with the local seasonal produce as the Gascons, and entirely committed to cooking the most incredible traditional dishes for guests as well as providing wonderful cooking courses. A passionate teacher, he can show you how to make traditional dishes such as Brandade de Morue (salt cod and potato) or Garbure (vegetable soup). For the painting course, the are joined by passionate local artists with huge knowledge and experience of the area as well as art to ensure you are taken to the right places to inspire your paintings.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive at Agen train station in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin
– Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow students over delicious aperitifs
– Enjoy a social evening with a 3 course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse with three beautifully appointed guest en-suite twin/double bedrooms, and one of the main attractions of this farmhouse is its large open plan traditional kitchen. Guests can sit around the homely table, that seats 14 guests, and share delicious meals prepared by Caroline’s husband.

Attached to the farmhouse is a recently renovated gite. The gite has been sympathetically restored to a very high standard and also contains two twin/double bedrooms.

Features
– Set in 50 acres of parkland, an area of incredible natural beauty famous for its gastronomy and wines
– Heated outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m)
– All twin/double bedrooms have private ensuite bathrooms
– Open plan farmhouse kitchen and large living area with TV
– WiFi available

bedroom in gascony

Morning at the market

– You will have breakfast at the local market and take in the local scene
– Your afternoon will consist of lunch by the pool, and a full day to relax as you wish, and either enjoy the on site facilities, or the countryside around you
– Dinner will be held at the farmhouse

 

 

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

living space in french house

Morning art lessons

– Enjoy a leisurely breakfast each morning
– You will then be at the Condom gallery taking your painting course with Florencia (all equipment and painting materials included)
– Lunches will either be had at the farm house, or in a local restaurant
– Afternoons will be for you to get inspired, either by visiting beautiful vineyards for wine tasting, local French markets, art exhibitions or general sightseeing
– Dinners will be held at the farmhouse, with a free evening to do as you sit fit; either have a night on the town, or enjoy one of the many facilities offered

Accommodation

You’ll stay in a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse or neighbouring gite.

bathroom shower and toilet

Departure Day

– After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am
– You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day, before being taken to the airport or train station for your return journey
– You will return home with fabulous painting skills, beautiful unique memories, and new skills to last you a lifetime

Reviews (3)

The Attey's

Friday 6th September, 2019

Everything about this holiday exceeded expectations - a wonderful tranquil countryside retreat away from the normal hustle and bustle. Adam and Caroline basically put their lives on hold for a week and bent over backwards to make sure we had the bes...

Everything about this holiday exceeded expectations - a wonderful tranquil countryside retreat away from the normal hustle and bustle. Adam and Caroline basically put their lives on hold for a week and bent over backwards to make sure we had the best French holiday ever. Gourmet meals, bespoke painting tuition, yoga, country walks, trips to the local markets, bars and vinyards - nothing was too much trouble. We didn’t book to do the jewellery making course available, but the set up to do so and the jewellery we saw was fabulous and we’ll definitely do that the next time we visit. Thank you Caroline, Adam and family for your amazing hospitality - with fond memories of fine food, wine, fun and laughs.

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Louise, Scotland

Friday 30th August, 2019

Had a fantastic painting holiday! Learnt lots of new techniques from the very talented Rebecca, and was inspired by the beautiful location. Caroline and Adam were fantastic hosts. The accommodation, food, and excursions to local markets were all exce...

Had a fantastic painting holiday! Learnt lots of new techniques from the very talented Rebecca, and was inspired by the beautiful location. Caroline and Adam were fantastic hosts. The accommodation, food, and excursions to local markets were all excellent, and made for a very relaxing holiday.

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Anon

Sunday 18th August, 2019

Lovely location, Caroline friendly and helpful, the accommodation adequate and I thoroughly enjoyed the painting. I would have preferred more painting time in the studio in Condom than the 15 hours provided as this was what I went for, and less time ...

Lovely location, Caroline friendly and helpful, the accommodation adequate and I thoroughly enjoyed the painting. I would have preferred more painting time in the studio in Condom than the 15 hours provided as this was what I went for, and less time at the farmhouse.

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Location Information

Set in the heart of Gascony surrounded by 50 acres of private unspoilt meadows, the your farmhouse accommodation is tucked away in the Gascon countryside. Although the farmhouse is a rural retreat, the bustling picturesque towns of Nérac and Condom are within easy reach.

Nearest airports:
Toulouse (1hr 40min), Bordeaux (1hr 40min), Pau (2 hours) or Bergerac (2 hours)

Complimentary pre-booked train transfers:
Return transfers to and from Agen train station (30 minutes) are included in the course price.

Trains run to Agen from across the SNCF network from where you can take advantage of the free transfer. Optional private airport transfers can be booked for an additional cost.

 

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private twin/double room with ensuite bathroom
  • 6 days of breakfast lunch and dinner
  • Dinner on the day you check in, and breakfast on the day you depart
  • 5 morning painting classes classes
  • Chateau visit and wine tasting session
  • Excursions to chateaux, markets, and an art exhibition
  • Transport to and from all excursions
  • All painting equipment and materials
  • Pick up and drop off from Agen train station
  • Free use of ping-pong and bicycles

FAQs

Suitable for all cooking levels from beginners to advanced with a minimum age 18. Your hosts and tutors speak English and French, and lessons will be taught in English. Dietary requirements will be catered for if these are communicated in advance of booking.

These holidays make great singles holidays as there are no single supplements and you will have your own private room for no additional cost. There is a discount for 2 people travelling together and sharing a room.

This holiday starts on Sundays and runs on set dates from March to November. Holidays run for 7 nights / 8 days.

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.
- We generally do not recommend this location for those with restricted mobility.
- This holiday is based in the countryside, and does include some walking.
- The accommodation has no bedrooms or bathrooms on the ground floor, therefore one must be comfortable with stairs.

During your free time, there is plenty to do at your farmhouse accommodation including relaxing by the heated swimming pool (May-September). The accommodation offers a range of extracurricular activities onsite which are free of charge including table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery, cycling and board games to name a few!

There are numerous fêtes, music festivals and exhibitions in the surrounding areas through the year and your host Caroline will be happy to advise you during your stay. The closest towns are Nérac and Condom, and your host will be happy to suggest activities and transport should you wish to explore these during your stay.