Painting Holiday in South West France

From £850 pp

France

8 Days

Small Group up to 10 People

What you'll do

bustling local markets, chateaux and more.

As well as brushing up on your painting skills, this holiday is a real opportunity to develop your creative instincts and to absorb the captivating local landscape and French culture. It’s a real chance to express on canvas your surroundings and French culture.

Combine all this with wonderful meals throughout the week, trying delicious local dishes and of course the great Gascon wines from the region to give you an essence of the area’s lasting culinary delights.

Accommodation is set in pretty farmhouse with swimming pool and gardens. Each charming double room offers an ensuite, all decorated in ‘boutique French’ style for your comfort.

Your Local Host:

Jill & Terry

British hosts Jill & Terry now reside in the region of Gascony in South West France, where they run painting and art holidays. They are joined by various art tutors on different dates, all specialising in a range of different mediums.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Meet and greet at Toulouse Blagnac Airport at 3pm before transferring by car to La Salle in Saint Puy
– Settle into your room and then meet the group for introductions, aperitif by the pool and a lovely Gascon dinner with wine on the terrace

Accommodation
– The pretty house offers 5 double en-suite rooms, all individually and tastefully furnished
– Note: If you prefer a twin room with two single beds, let us know in advance and a twin can be made up instead of a double
– Rooms are charming and full of character and are light and airy
– Larger double room: This room is a little larger than the rest with queen size bed and bathroom with rolltop bath and separate shower cubicle and views to the north over the garden and fields beyond
– Double room: Lovely double bed with oak beams, light and airy with en-suite shower room
– Four poster room: Lovely double 4 poster bed with shower and bidet in the bathroom
– Ground floor bedroom: Pretty room with queen sized bed and en-suite shower room (although not adapted for disabled guests, this room is easily accessible to the kitchen/dining areas so great for anyone who has limited mobility)
– The house has lovely garden and south facing terrace which is a great place to relax, have breakfast and lunch and sunbathe too!
– Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
– Check in any time after 3pm on day 1 and check out by 11am on day 8
– The house has a lovely outdoor pool and you can also borrow bicycles
– There is table tennis, petanque and lots of board games, cards dominoes, etc.
– WiFi is provided throughout and satellite TV with English channels
– There is also a selection of books and DVDs

Painting lessons begin

– You start the day after a leisurely breakfast and coffee, where you’ll have your first painting lesson in the studio around 9.30am with the tutor to discuss your individual needs and goals for the holiday
– After your studio session, enjoy lunch on the terrace
– After lunch, head back to the studio or out into the pretty garden for more painting
– At 5pm, down brushes as its time for a visit to Chateau Monluc in the local village of St Puy for a tour and some local wine tasting
– After that, join the group for dinner with wine and time to relax and reflect on your first day of painting

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

double bedroom accommodation in gascony

A trip to Latour Marliac

– After breakfast on your second day, you’ll head out for a scenic trip to the beautiful water gardens of Latour Marliac where Monet bought his famous water lilies
– Please note: Latour Marliac water Lily gardens, entrance fee 5 euro per person
– Take time there to sketch or take reference photographs to use for your next painting session
– Enjoy a picnic lunch together to make the most of this painting opportunity
– Head back to the house for 5pm with time to relax before dinner
– Dinner tonight at the house

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

dining table in the sun outside french house

Local Market Visit

– Today includes a visit to one of the colourful and lively local markets in the area selling fresh local produce before heading back home for lunch
– After lunch there is an afternoon of painting ‘en plein air’ or in the studio (depending on the weather)
– Dinner and wine at the house in the evening

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

double bedroom accommodation in gascony

Incredible La Romieu

– After breakfast you will enjoy a trip to the world heritage site at La Romieu followed by a lovely 3 course lunch in a local restaurant
– You will find plenty of sketching and painting opportunities here
– Dinner and wine at the house in the evening

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

Painting and BBQing

– After breakfast, you will spend the day painting in the garden, studio or village
– Lunch will be at the house and the evening’s dinner is a fun BBQ in the garden

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

Canoeing & Dining Out

– This morning after breakfast, finish off any work and have a relaxing day
– After lunch on the terrace, there is the option to take a slow glide down the river in a canoe if you’d like
– Please note: Canoe hire 5 euro per person per hour and includes life jacket and is based on 2 or 3 people to a canoe (its a gentle glide so don’t worry!)
– In the evening you will enjoy a finale farewell dinner in a local restaurant
– NOTE: This dinner is not included in the price but budget around 20-30 Euros per head for this depending on wine

Accommodation

You’ll stay in an ensuite room in the French country house in the heart of Gascony.

double bedroom accommodation in gascony

Departure

– After breakfast it is time to say goodbye
– You will return home with fantastic painting, enhanced skills along with memories and flavours of an area of France rich in every way

Reviews (3)

R Dunn, Scotland

Sunday 22nd September, 2019

A beautiful home run by Terry and Jill who could not do enough for us. The food was truly scrumptious. The bedrooms spotless and comfortable. Outings were varied and interesting. Our tutor was enthusiastic, friendly and approachable and encouraging. I, personally, needed some more direction.

V Pau

Monday 16th September, 2019

Amazing week. Loved the food, the venue and the hosts Terry and Jill were amazing very warm and welcoming.

K O'Brien

Tuesday 9th July, 2019

Fantastic relaxing week! I'd recommend it!

Location Info

Just 10 minutes from St Puy is this beautiful French country house in this tranquil part of Gascony, known for its wonderful hearty cuisine. With 5 wonderfully decorated and individual double ensuite bedrooms, outside pool and sunny terrace for al..

  • 7 nights accommodation in an ensuite room
  • Prices are based on 1 person in their own private room with ensuite bathroom (no single supplement for a private room)
  • If two people travel together and share a room, a discount is offered 
  • Please note: If you prefer a twin room with two single beds, let us know in advance and a twin can be made up instead of a double
  • Airport transfers to and from Toulouse airport: please note that airport pick-up is around 3pm on arrival day so any guests arriving earlier will be asked to wait at the airport until the pick-up time for the group
  • Pick up from Agen or Auch train station
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with wine and soft drinks with the exception of evening 7 where dinner is in a local restaurant and costs around 20-30 Euros per head
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Daily painting sessions with tuition
  • Various excursions during the holiday (some may incur a small entrance fee)
  • Use of the outdoor pool (weather permitted), bicycles and ping pong table and board games
  • Note: please do bring your own brushes, paper/canvas and painting materials in your chosen medium
  • Check in anytime after 3pm on day 1 and check-out by 11am on day 8

Painting Holiday in South West France

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