Painting Holidays in Southern France

Saturday, 16th to Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Luxury Country Villa in the heart of the French countryside

France

What’s Included

Painting workshops, inclusive of all materials.         

Full board with en-suite bathrooms

Local food freshly prepared by in-house chef, all culinary needs catered for.         

Aperitif before your evening meal.

Complimentary tea/coffee available throughout your stay.        

Welcome drink & canapes provided on the first evening.

Heated swimming pool.        

Exquisite surroundings in a peaceful environment

 

Single Room £1,365                      Twin Sharing/Couples £1,245 per person.

 

All are welcome. I look forward to a wonderful holiday with you.

Warm wishes.

Sophia

PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECT TO BOOK

 

Classes/Itinerary

June 2018 Holiday

Itinerary

Saturday   Arrive at La Guiraude
Sunday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Monday   Day off at leisure to relax or explore.There is the option to partake in a local trip into Toulouse to see 19th Century works of art from floor to ceiling, have a typical French lunch in the medieval part of the city followed by the opportunity to stroll the streets or visit the Basilica of St Sernin. – please request booking form for full details.
Tuesday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Wednesday   Day off at leisure to relax or explore.  There is the option to partake in a local wine tasting tour and visit local art studios – please request booking form for full details.
Thursday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Friday  

AM – An opportunity to walk gently around the local French Market, gain inspiration and sip coffee at a local cafe.

1.30pm to 4pm approx. – Painting Workshop.

Saturday   Depart for home .

In addition, we will be providing the services of a local masseuse who will come to the villa.

For any couple/family, where one is not taking the Painting Workshops, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area.

Enjoyable & Fun Painting Classes:

Do you wish to access the creativity that you just know is there, but don’t quite know how to let it out?  You’re not sure where to start or you may feel you can’t paint at all, then these painting classes are ideal for you because I believe everyone can paint – you just need to be shown in a way that is right for you.  Even if you have never painted before, you can get exciting results immediately. Instruction will allow you to build up your own painting with confidence whilst leaving you, the artist, free to bring forth your own unique style.

Of course, these classes are also ideal for those wishing to improve on existing painting skills and learn new techniques all with the aim of discovering new ideas and freeing your inner artist.
 
We predominantly use wet-on-wet oils as it is such an easy medium to use, achieving excellent effects and I also include acrylics, moulding pastes and gessos into the mix to add additional textures, depths and colour.

The aim is to provide a supportive environment, where people feel relaxed and comfortable, leaving you room to have fun and the freedom to paint as you wish. 

Classes include all materials, ie canvas, brushes, paints, palette and easel, not forgetting an apron!

 

Accommodation

Owners: Alistair and Janine
La Guiraude, 31290 Beauteville, France
www.guiraude.com

 

Built in 1843, the property has been renovated to an extremely high standard.

Surrounded by fields and beautiful landscapes, the views are incredible.

The gardens include many quiet shady places to sit and relax. There’s also a seating area with ample sun loungers, tables, chairs and parasols near the heated 12m x 6m swimming pool. Additionally, there is a separate garden area with children’s swings.

There is a large lounge/reception area with orginal stone/brick fireplace, high ceiling, leather sofas and chairs. TV, DVD, CD and radio are available as is free Wi-Fi and a computer. There is also a library, piano, games room and some exercise equipment.

All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower (and bath in some cases), hand basin and WC. The bathrooms are equipped with a welcome pack of Gilchrest and Soames toiletries, hairdryer and bath robes. Quality bed linen, personal towels and pool towels are all provided and fresh towels are provided mid-stay.

(Smoking is not permitted in the house, but is acceptable outside).

Cots, stairgate, highchair and selection of childrens’ toys are available.

Meals

Pricing includes continental breakfast, light lunch and a 3 course evening meal with aperatif beforehand. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout your stay.

 

Welcome drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and canapés will be provided on the first evening.

La Guiraude operates an honesty bar for both soft drinks and alcohol. In addition , dinner provides an opportunity to sample several of the local wines which are offered ‘by the glass’ and chosen to match individual dishes.

Breakfast will be available between 08.15 and 09.00. Lunch will be approx 12.30 and Dinner at 18.30.

Our in-house chef, Alistair, will provide fresh meals with local produce (I have stayed many times now and the food is fabulous!!)

Dietary requirements are catered for. Please just let me know.

Please note, for both the day trips, the cost includes a 2 course lunch with coffee and glass of wine or soft drink.

Transport

The cost of the holiday does not include transport from your home to the villa. However, we will gladly assist you in any way possible in discovering the best route to the villa, linking you up with others so that you have someone to travel with if need be. You have several options of making your way to La Guiraude:- plane, train or car.

 

Please bear in mind to arrive after 14.00 on Saturday, 3rd June. No lunch is served on the day of arrival. We will be happy to suggest places locally for food.

On the day of leaving, rooms will need to be vacated by 10am.

Nearest Airports

Toulouse and Carcassonne
La Guiraude is approximately 35 mins south east of Toulouse.
La Guiraude is approximately 50 mins west of Carcassonne.

Again, we can assist in arranging taxi collection and return nearer the time – the driver will need to be paid directly. It is also possible to catch trains from both of these Airports and, of course, we can provide train times.

Nearest Train Station

Villefranche-de-Lauragais
(travelling from Toulouse Airport or Carcassonne Airport)

Local Area & Activities

Although you can easily spend your time relaxing in the house and its grounds, there are a wide range of things to see and do in the area:-

 

  • Wine Tasting
  • Historic Carcassone
  • Shopping and culture in Toulouse
  • Discover the Cathars and Chateaux
  • Medieval towns and hilltop villages
  • Vineyards of Minervois, Gaillac and Fronton
  • Sailing
  • Cite Espace
  • Airbus Tours
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Horse-riding
  • Canoeing
  • Tennis
  • Canal du Midi
  • Family Activity Centres
Transportation of Paintings Home

Paintings will be packed into a box by you on the Friday. You will be shown how – there is a little trick! All packaging will be provided.

 For those not travelling by car, boxes will be taken back to the Isle of Wight by us and forwarded to those with a UK address by arrangement (p&p charges are additional).

Payment
  •  A non-refundable deposit of £200 per person is required at the time of booking.
  • A second non-refundable deposit of £265 per person is payable 7th March 2018.
  • Any deposits made later than 7th March 2018 will need to be paid in full, ie £465.
  • A final payment of £899 for a single room, or £780 for a twin share, depending on your booking, to be received no later than 28th April 2018, ie 7 weeks prior to the workshop commencement.  Receipt of monies for any additional day trips are also required at this time.  Any bookings made 7 weeks, or less, prior to the commencement of the course will need to be paid in full at the time of booking.
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Classes/Itinerary

June 2018 Holiday

Itinerary

Saturday   Arrive at La Guiraude
Sunday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Monday   Day off at leisure to relax or explore.There is the option to partake in a local trip into Toulouse to visit 19th Century works of art from floor to ceiling, with a typical French lunch in the medieval part of the city followed by the opportunity to stroll the streets or visit the Basilica of St Sernin – please request booking form for full details.
Tuesday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Wednesday   Day off at leisure to relax or explore.  There is the option to partake in a local wine tasting tour and visit local art studios – please request booking form for full details.
Thursday   10am to 4pm approx – Painting Workshop
Friday  

AM – An opportunity to walk around the local French Market, gain inspiration and sip coffee at a local café.

1.30pm to 4pm approx. – Painting Workshop.

Saturday   Depart for home .

In addition, we will be providing the services of a local masseuse who will come to the villa.

For any couple/family, where one is not taking the Painting Workshops, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area.

 

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