Art, painting and wine holiday

South West, Dordogne, France

4 days from
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Holiday Itinerary

Created especially for those who have a passion for both art and wine, we are delighted to bring you this 3 night art, painting and wine holiday in France.

Art teacher Jo has combined forces with her neighbours just across the vines in the family run organic vineyards of Chateau La Tour de Chollet to create this fully inclusive holiday.

It is a unique opportunity for you to paint the beauty of the vines in this stunning region as you sip a glass of the locally produced wine to really get your creative juices flowing.

Jo’s experience covers all forms of art; from painting with different mediums, to art restoration, conservation, bookbinding, and art history. Her pride and passion is helping you find your inner creativity; at any level you may be at.

Jo’s philosophy is that she herself is learning every time she takes on a new group, and loves the interaction with like minded people. Learning is a big focus of her holiday, not just techniques and painting styles, but spiritually and emotionally.

You will also get to meet Paul and Kirstie who run Chateau La Tour de Chollet. They will give you an insight into the life of the grape from 'bud to bottle', giving your a tour of the vineyards followed by an exclusive wine tasting and the chance to buy organic wines at great prices.

Accommodation on the holiday will be in one of 3 double rooms in the farmhouse, all of which are warm and welcoming, decorated lovingly. There are no single supplements for solo travellers, as one on one tuition and small groups are more than welcomed.

In your free time, relax in the den, curl up with a book and wine, or lounge by the pool. Whatever you do, be sure to make yourself at home, and be prepared to tuck into some delicious home cooked food.

Take a unique approach to learning to paint and sketch on this French art holiday that takes advantage of its stunning location in Bordeaux as you use the famous wines of the region to inspire you.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all painting levels from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 18
- During this holiday, you are free to work with whatever medium you like, however, the holiday mainly focuses on watercolour and pastel and the various qualities of acrylic and gouache

I'm a solo traveller - can I join?
- Courses have a maximum of 6 people in each group, singles are very welcome as you'll meet others with a passion for art and wine and there are NO single supplements for those travelling solo

When can I start?
- Art and wine holidays are for 3 nights / 4 days with a flexible arrival time on the first day and finishing around 4pm on day 4
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- All holidays are on request so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 - Arrival
- Arrive at the accommodation and settle into your room and surroundings
- Welcome with refreshments and a tour of Le Peyrail with an introduction to the area and the types of wines produced
- For those arriving in the morning, a buffet lunch is offered with wine and soft drinks followed by studio work in the afternoon
- You are free to choose your medium and will talk about subject matter and cover some basic styles and techniques
- In the evening, apéritifs will be served on the terraces before the evening meal
- After dinner, you are free to spend it as you wish but it is a great opportunity for the group to socialise and get to know each other

Day 2
- Start the day with breakfast from 9 to 10am
- There is then a scenic stroll through the vines to Chateau Le Chollet where you will be met by Paul who will give you a tour of his vineyard followed by a wine tasting
- Before lunch, you will select your subject for your art session and Jo will set you up with a sketching stool, table, easel, parasol and of course a glass of Tour de Chollet wine
- Lunch at Le Chollet offers you freshly baked baguettes, locally produced cheeses, pâte and charcuterie accompanied by salads and, naturally, a glass of wine
- From 2-5pm, you can start creating your masterpiece and Jo will be on hand to offer artistic guidance
- At the end of the day, you can choose to return on foot or by car to the accommodation
- At 6:30pm, apéritif will be served on the terrace followed by the evening's three course meal with wine
- The rest of the evening is free for you to relax

Day 3
- Breakfast is at 9am
- From 10:30-12:30, you will head back to Le Chollet for a second session of al fresco sketching
- Lunch is at 1-2:30 back at the accommodation
- The afternoon can be spent where you please, either on site back at Le Chollet or at the studio where Jo will be based
- At 6:30pm, apéritif will be served on the terrace followed by the evening's three course meal with wine
- The rest of the evening is free for you to relax

Day 4 - Departure
- Breakfast is at 9am
- From 10:30-12:30, there is a studio session and a chance to put the finishing touches to your masterpiece
- At 12:30, enjoy a farewell barbecue lunch on the lower terrace
- As this is your last day, you can take it easy in the afternoon and use the pool or enjoy the garden and terraces
- If you art is on paper Jo can help you mount and frame it or, if on canvas, seal and varnish it
- Check out is at 4pm but if you wish to stay after, an evening meal and an extra nights accommodation can be provided if you wish

About your painting tutor and host
- Your host and tutor, Jo Surridge, studied Art and Art History at Leicester University before becoming the senior paper conservator for Hampshire County Museums Service for 16 years
- She then went onto complete a teaching diploma in Art and Restoration and gained a certificate in Bookbinding and Papermaking with the Institute of Archival Conservation
- She moved to south west France with her husband and two children, and offered internships to postgraduate conservation/art students
- Amidst the vines of south west France, Jo refined her skills as a watercolour painter, exhibiting regularly throughout the region and winning several prizes for her pen and ink sketches
- In 2014, Jo moved to the Bordeaux wine region of Le Gironde and created her intimate and unique Chambre d'hôtes
- Jo has created the perfect environment to enjoy her art and animals; offering the ideal setting for those looking for an oasis of beauty and creativity; let’s not forget the fine wines and delicious food of the Bordeaux region

What will I learn?
- At the start of your art holiday, guests will meet with Jo and you can discuss your own personal goals and aims for the course
- If you have some painting experience, your tutor will help you to develop your existing painting and drawing skills as well as giving you useful tips to help you develop new skills and techniques, and explore new mediums
- If you are a complete beginner, your tutor will help you with the basics and will set you off on a path to developing your own artistic personality
- There will also be a wine tasting at the vineyards where you will learn about how the local wine is produced and stored

What to bring
- Although supplies are provided, feel free to bring your favourite brushes, paints, or paper
- Please bring suitable footwear for walking
- Swimming costume if you are visiting during pool season

Your host provides the following:
- Watercolour Paper
- Watercolours (tubes)
- Acrylics (tubes)
- A selection of brushes
- Use of easels and other studio equipment
- A3 acid free mount
- A3 beech frame for your best work

In addition, your host can provide:
- Canvasses
- Cotton boards
- Watercolour in pigment form (blocks)
- Fine sable brushes

Where will I be staying?
- The farmhouse is lovingly decorated to high standards with an air of history, exposed beams and tiled floors
- There are 3 bedrooms available for guests:

- Named after the whimsical mermaid, this spacious master bedroom has lovely views of the garden and surrounding valley
- Sirene has a super king size heated waterbed, along with a private shower and toilet

- The Marie Antoinette is decorated to seduce you with its comfort and elegance
- It has access to a shared bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath
- This room can work in suite with the Globe Trotter room

‘Globe Trotter’
- The Globe Trotter bedroom will fascinate all ages, as it comes equipped with a telescope to make the most of your evenings away from the city
- It has access to a shared bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath
- It can work in suite with the room Marie Antoinette

- On site there is a bamboo forest, a garden pond, and wonderful spots to relax in or by
- Pool, plenty of walks, orchards and vineyards surrounding your French home
- Your hosts have 2 friendly dogs, 2 cats, a pot bellied pig, 3 horses, and 13 doves - perfect for those missing their beloved animals while on holiday
- Honesty bar provided and stocked with local organic wines, beers, fruit juices and sparkling water for your convenience at any time
- Art studio on the terrace so you can be inspired by your surroundings
- Accommodation is included for 3 nights / 4 days
- Check in and check out time is flexible; however please note that only breakfast is served on day 4

Restricted mobility access
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
- Although this location does not have official disabled access, the front door is wide enough for a wheelchair
- The main bedroom and ensuite are all on one level and on the ground floor
- There are no cobblestones, however there are slopes. Although not the easiest venue for wheelchairs, your host would be happy to help any way she can
- The shower in the ensuite has one step up into it
- If a person is able to walk but has 'some' restrictions then we would need further information concerning their needs and would be very honest if we felt the person could not participate in the activity holidays

Are meals included?
- Breakfasts will be continental; including cereal with seasonal fruits, a choice of soya, semi-skimmed or whole milk with yogurts, served alongside croissants and pain au chocolat, homemade bread and home produced jams
- Coffee, tea (herbal, English breakfast, or Earl Grey) and fruit juice are all included
- A full English breakfast is also available for a £10 supplement
- For those who really want to start the day on a high, your hosts offer a Gourmet breakfast with eggs Benedict, pancakes, and Buck’s fizz (additional cost, please book this 24 hours in advance)

- Lunches are taken at the vineyard on one day and on the top terrace at your accommodation one the other day
- You can expect local cheeses, charcuterie, salads, and homemade quiches and bread, all made with the best locally sourced products

- Evening 3 course meals are included each evening and are served at around 7:30pm
- Your host will always have a vegetarian option, however for any other dietary requests, please let us know at the time of booking

Sample dinner menus
Starter: Leek and potato soup
Main: Honey and mustard roast beef / Beef Ragout served with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, leeks cooked with bacon and broccoli
Vegetarian: Stuffed red peppers
Pudding: Fruit crumble and creme anglaise

Starter: Homemade hummus with biscotte and vegetable sticks
Main: Lamb chops cooked in lime and mint served with roasted vegetables and couscous
Vegetarian: Spinach and feta parcels
Pudding: Cheese board with crackers and grapes OR Lemon delight

What can I do in my free time?
- There are some lovely walks right from your door, as your hosts are on the Route de La Compostella
- Jo can show you a three hour walking route around the valley, or you can walk into the village to visit the two lovely churches
- Those wanting a day further afield can take a train from Sainte Foy station to Bordeaux (1 hour), St Emilion (20 minutes), or Sarlat (1 hour 20) (Jo would be happy to arrange a taxi to and from the station at a good rate)
- As your French home has three hectares of land, you can walk through the orchards, explore the bamboo wood, or just relax by the pool or sit on any of the three terraces with paints or a beloved book