The painting holiday will be at La Salle, a beautiful country house in a quiet corner of South West France. Tiny hilltop villages perch above rolling fields of sunflowers and vineyards and the area of Gascony, renowned for its beauty and history is relatively undiscovered. There are 5 of the officially listed ‘most beautiful villages in France’, the UNESCO world heritage site at La Romieu and the Roman villa of Seviac with it’s amazing mosaics only 20 minutes away. Albert Camus, called the area ‘Le petit Toscane’ or ‘little Tuscany’.
La Salle is in a quiet country setting, but only a 10 minute walk to the picturesque bastide village of St Puy where you will find shops, cafes, a boulangerie, pizzeria and Chateau Monluc, which makes the fabulous aperitif ‘Pousse Rapiere’ which is frequently served at La Salle.
Accommodation is based primarily at La Salle which offers 7 double or twin en suite rooms. All the rooms are individually furnished with modern facilities and French country charm. The outdoor pool, surrounding shaded areas, covered terrace and orangery, ensure there is plenty of space to relax in comfortably.
For larger groups there are 4 further rooms available at Le Reve d'Alice, a beautiful 17th century house nearby. The rooms are modern and spacious with fabulous views. There is a large pool here too and breakfast will be served on the terrace. All other meals and activities are based at La Salle. Transport is provided between venues or guests may walk if they prefer.
I have had the most amazing holiday painting in Andalusia with you and a super group of likeminded aspiring artists. I had never done anything like that before so I was very nervous knowing there were some very experienced artists there. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging and we had a lot of laughs too. The Finca el Cerillio was the most wonderful place to stay and the gardens and court yards so beautifully designed, just waiting to be painted. The food was excellent with so much variety of dishes to choose from. The staff were excellent and so helpful. Pam thank you for your demonstrations which were excellent . Thank you for your patience and help with me encouraging me to learn more skills. You helped everybody all the week, it must have been very tiring! I look forward to keeping in touch with members of the group and hopefully meeting up sometime.
Thank you again for the very best holiday I have had in years. I hope to be able to come on another holiday sometime
Best wishes from Rosemary"
Single person in a double room: €1600 (£1390) + tutor fee £250
Painters sharing a double or twin room: €1300 (£1130) per person + £250 tutor fee each
Non painting partners sharing a room: €1100 (£956) plus fee of £100 payable to the tutor
N.B. The £250 tutor fee is paid directly to Pam Smart and this will be the deposit to secure your booking. You will pay then pay the balance of the holiday directly to the hotel in Euros.
What is included
5/6 days of tuition with Pam Smart
7 nights accommodation in a double/twin room with en suite or private bathroom
6 dinners - a 3 course dinner
Wine or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Tea and coffee in the studio
Use of the studio
Use of the pool - pool towels provided
Excursions to local villages, markets, museums and gardens
Transport between venues
Flights - you must arrange your own flight (see information below)
Airport pick up will be approx 1pm at Carcassonne airport.
Ryanair, Manchester to Carcassonne 0910 arrives 1210
Ryanair, Carcassonne to Manchester 1240 arrives 1345
Carcassonne is a lovely historical city if you choose to travel a day or two earlier and make your way to the airport for the pick up.
Usually a transfer is included from Toulouse airport but with no flights from the north to Toulouse there will be a small supplement to cover the transfers from and to Carcassone airport. (€20-40)
N.B The first week will be a smaller group: only 6 rooms in total