About the Holiday...

Manoir le Bousquet

artist hand producing a watercolour painting
Pen and ink sketch of a door
urban sketch of Baddinghams
pencil sketch of pomegranates
watercolour scene and paints

A 5 day art holiday in the beautiful Dordogne region of France


 Price for single occupancy in a double room        £1950   

         Price per person sharing a double or twin room     £1650           

                                          Bring a partner: with no tuition, sharing a room       £1195


Dates: Monday 31st May - Saturday 5th June 2022


Come and enjoy 5 nights accommodation, with 4 days of sketching and painting at the beautiful Cottages de Garrigue . They are located about 6km from Eymet in the Dordogne, South West France. The Cottages are about 20mins drive from Bergerac airport and 1hr 35 drive from Bordeaux airport, both of which have direct links from the UK. They are exceptionally well placed for plentiful local wine tastings, restaurants, chateaux and food stores.

Day 1: When you arrive at Bergerac airport we’ll be there to meet you and take you directly to your lovely accommodation. After time to settle in, it'll be time for a welcome drink and to run through the weeks activities before you al fresco dine on the terrace. Below is a sample itinerary, as it's weather dependent!


The hours for each day will be:- 10.00 to 12.30 (tuition) 12.30 to 14.00 (lunch break – packed lunches will be provided or lunch will be served at the Cottages) 14.00 to 16.30 (tuition)


Day 2: After breakfast you’ll begin your art classes either inside the barn, or en plein air dependent on the weather.

The afternoon will be spent producing artwork before retiring to your accommodation to relax. In the evening you’ll enjoy a lovely dinner at the Cottages, on the terrace weather permitting.


Day 3: After breakfast, we’ll head to the Naked Vigneron vineyard where we’ll spend the morning sketching and painting. A picnic lunch will be taken at the vineyard, with the opportunity to taste and buy some of the fabulous organic wines to ship home. We’ll return to painting around the vineyard for the afternoon. After the day’s sketching and painting we will return to the gites to relax before dinner 'at home'.


Day 4: After breakfast we’ll take a trip to today’s painting venue of Eymet, a medieval bastide town. Lunch will be at a lovely pizzeria. After lunch we’ll continue painting back at the Cottages. After time to relax and freshen up, it's dinner on the terrace.


Day 5: This morning after breakfast we’ll sketch and paint all day at the Cottages. Lunch will be on the shady terrace overlooking the lovely views. Following an afternoon of art, we’ll make time to relax before enjoying a fantastic final dinner and farewell ‘drinks at home’ with us.


Day 6: After breakfast we’ll leave for the transfer to Bergerac airport.


For partners, there are 4 golf courses within a 35 minute drive, chateaux to visit and plenty of countryside for walking or cycling. All meals would be provided.


All holidays include the following:   

Transfers to and from Bergerac train station or airport  ~  All accommodation  ~  All continental breakfasts       

All lunches & dinners – 1 restaurant meal, 1 picnic, 2 buffet lunches and also locally sourced evening meals

prepared by our private chef with beautiful local Bergerac wine/soft drinks      

All tuition  ~  All entrance fees  ~  All transport during the holiday  ~  All materials and equipment


Holidays do not include:   Flights to and from France  ~  Transfers from anywhere apart from Bergerac