Art Holidays

All remaining 2019 holidays have limited places left

 There is a brand new course at the Laundry Retreat, an exciting venture for Jenny Williams and Sonia Hawes. September 9-13 2019 sees this wonderful venue hosting four days of flower drawing, painting and mixed media techniques you’ll even be able to make a flower brooch too. As well as busy days learning and practicing skills needed to represent flowers from the beautiful walled garden you will be treated to lovely lunches, morning coffee and afternoon tea and cake and an evening meal either at the venue or sampling some of the great food on offer at local restaurants. For painters a bag of art materials worth £70 is included with all you need for the course. Small groups so you will have plenty of one to one help.

What is included? 4 nights B&B, 5 morning coffees, 4 lunches, 5 afternoon teas, 4 evening meals, 4 days tuition  art materials worth £70 to use and take away and a tour of the stunning private Laundry Retreat gardens which featured in The English Garden magazine June 2019.

 About your hosts. Tom and Jenny Williams have lived at the Laundry, a beautiful Georgian house, since 2011 and have transformed the house and gardens into a breathtaking venue. Jenny is a wonderful cook and enjoys entertaining as well as showing people the stunning garden. Book or see more here

Complete package £730 (£660 if you bring your own materials)

Non-painting partner £430

Non-resident £490 ( with all meals including evening, £420 if you bring your own materials)

Sketch Trips courses below

14 – 21st September Faro, Portugal (Portugal was so popular last year we have decided to offer a venue further South than last time near Faro in 2019)

The beautiful coast of the Algarve has always been a popular destination for many travellers because of its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. Located on the Atlantic Ocean much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire. The scenic city of Faro with its old walled town and historic monuments are a testament to the Moorish influence on the city.

During the week we will also visit Tavira, one of the loveliest towns in the eastern Algarve and Silves which offers an intriguing glimpse into Portugal’s cultural past. Only 1 room left

12th-19th October 2019 – Cornwall

Southern Cornwall offers many of opportunities to sketch and paint. From its magnificent manor houses and stunning tropical gardens to idyllic cosy fishing ports or rugged western coastline with pounding surf, students will never be far from a source of inspiration.

The artistic heritage of the region is also legendary and during the week we will look at the painting history of St Ives and Newlyn schools.

Perfectly located between both the East and West shores of South Cornwall, our base for the week will provide an ideal opportunity for you to immerse yourselves in the beauty of the county that Poldark has recently brought to our screens.


All holidays
double / twin ensuite room from = £995pp (solo) £895pp (shared)
double/twin shared bathroom = £900pp (solo ) £800pp (shared)
£200 deposit to secure your place -booking up already.

-Please email me if you’d like more details or to book a place

New for 2020

May 15th – 22nd –  7  days in Anglesey 7 places left

With RSPB’s South Stack Cliffs, beautiful beaches, red squirrels, amazing buildings and wonderful landscapes we will be spoilt for choice of subjects here in Wales and, of course, will be staying in lovely accommodation – lots of galleries to visit too!


June 20 – 27th –  7 days in Glasgow and the Lowlands 6 places left

Glasgow is famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it’s a national cultural hub home to many acclaimed museums and a mecca for art lovers.

Staying just outside the city we will sketch and paint in the wonderful landscape that surrounds this thriving city and have the best of worlds as we dive into the city for some urban sketching and cultural immersion in the city’s art scene.


October 8 – 17th –  9 days in Morocco 765  4 places left

Morocco with Diane King

In this 9-day exceptional residential art holiday, we will base ourselves in the stunning coastal city of Essaouira. Portuguese, French and Berber architecture frame the maze-like streets. Essaouira is protected by a natural bay partially shielded by the Iles Purpuraires. This blue seaside town combines some of the best of what Morocco has to offer great food and vibrant culture in a chilled atmosphere that isn’t as prominent in other parts of the country. Essaouira is renowned for its resident painters and artists attracted to the city by the beautiful natural surroundings and quality of light.

Marrakech, which will be on our itinerary for the first two nights of the holiday, provides a chance to dive into the famous souks for some bargains and visit the colourful Jardin Majorelle.

£1,500 – £1,650pp