5 night Fully Catered Sketching holiday in the Dordogne



Dates in October 2022

Come and enjoy 5 nights accommodation, with 4 days of sketching and painting at La Colombiere. The main gite offers a large amount of communal living space and 6 x separate bedrooms. The other 2 cottages are self-contained with their own bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. The property also benefits from a beautiful swimming pool, a cinema room and a games room, as well as a teaching area in a converted barn. It is set in large grounds with picturesque countryside views.

The gites are about 20 mins drive from Bergerac airport which has direct links from the UK, and is located about 9km from Eymet in the Dordogne, South West France.

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, weather permitting. 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 – restaurant lunch will be provided, or lunch will be served at la Colombiere) 14.00 to 16.30 (tuition)

Day 2: After breakfast, we’ll head to the Naked Vigneron vineyard where we’ll spend the morning sketching ideas. Lunch will be at the vineyard, with the opportunity to buy some of the fabulous organic wines to ship home. We’ll return to la Colombiere after lunch and will spend the rest of the afternoon producing artwork, developing up ideas from this morning. There will be time to relax before dinner 'at home'.

Day 3:After breakfast, we’ll head to Eymet to explore this lovely medieval town and sketch, followed by a buffet lunch at la Colombiere. The afternoon will be spent producing artwork, developing up ideas from this morning, before retiring to your accommodation to relax. In the evening we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at la Colombiere.

Day 4: After breakfast, we’ll head to Château de Biron to explore and sketch, followed by a lunch at a fantastic local auberge. After lunch, we’ll return to la Colombiere and the afternoon will be spent producing artwork, developing up ideas from this morning, before retiring to your accommodation to relax. In the evening we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner at la Colombiere; on the terrace weather permitting.

Day 5: This morning after breakfast we’ll paint all day at la Colombiere. After a buffet lunch we’ll continue. Following an afternoon of art, we’ll make time to relax before enjoying a fantastic final dinner and farewell ‘drinks at home’.

Day 6: After breakfast it’s time for a little relaxing before running you back to Bergerac airport.

​For partners, there are 4 golf courses within a 35 minute drive, with a separate Golf Itinerary available - see drop down menu. There are also chateaux to visit and plenty of countryside for walking or cycling. All meals and drinks would be provided.

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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

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


Cathy Barnard-Patel at The Art and Design Studio

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Gites La Colombiere

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


5 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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