5 night Fully Catered Sketching holiday in the Dordogne



Come and enjoy 5 nights accommodation, with 5 days of sketching and painting at La Colombiere. The gites offer a space that can easily accommodate up to 12 people across 2 different gites. The main gite offers a large amount of communal living space and 5 x separate bedrooms. The other cottage is self-contained with it's own bathrooms, kitchen and living area. 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. It is 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, 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 17.00 (tuition) Day 2 After breakfast, we’ll head to the market town of Marmande to explore and sketch the lovely medieval cloisters and the Jardins de Beauchamp, 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 enjoy a delicious dinner at la Colombiere; on the terrace weather permitting. Day 3 After breakfast, we’ll head to the Naked Vigneron vineyard where we’ll spend the morning sketching ideas. A fantastic lunch, with wines, 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 4 After breakfast, we’ll head to the mediaeval town of Issigeac to explore and sketch, followed by a gourmet lunch at L’auberge des Dimes and the afternoon will be spent back at the gites, producing artwork, developing up ideas from this morning, before retiring to your accommodation to relax. In the evening we’ll enjoy a light 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 4 course dinner and farewell ‘drinks at home’. Day 6 After breakfast there’s time for a little more artwork in the morning at the gites. Then pack and say goodbye before we run you back to Bergerac airport at noon. For partners who like golf, there are 4 golf courses within a 35 minute drive. There are also chateaux to visit and plenty of countryside for walking or cycling, or why not bring a book and read by the pool. All meals would be provided. ​Creative holidays: Europe and beyond, creative experiences courses, residential

What's included in the price?

Transfers to and from Bergerac train station or airport - All accommodation - All continental breakfasts All lunches & dinners 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


5¾ days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


At the Art and Design Studio, we run a range of relaxed and informal art and craft classes to suit A Level students and adults of all levels of ability. These range from a 1/2 day craft workshop to a 12 week course, all at our studio in Great Waltham, CM3 1DF. We also offer painting, printing and sketching holidays in the beautiful Dordogne area of France. Our professionally trained tutors Cathy and Tammy are here to help you discover your own creativity!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Residential
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Corporate days out & team building
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Gites La Colombiere, Sainte-Innocence, Dordogne, 24500