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Palettes de Gascogne Painting Holidays

Palettes de Gascogne Painting Holidays


La Salle Painting holidays


  We offer 7 night Painting holidays regularly throughout the year, tutored by visiting artists in a variety of mediums, to suit all abilities. Sometimes our holidays include a visit to a local event, such as one of the beautiful flower markets or seasonal fetes such as the spectacular Tango Festival. Excursions to local events and places provide excellent painting material and an authentic French experience and for painting holiday guests include a visit to the breathtaking water gardens of Latour Marliac which is where Monet obtained the Water Lilies for his gardens at Giverny, the inspiration for so many of his paintings or to 'Les jardins de Coursiana' in a lovely nearby village listed by UNESCO. Other visits include winetasting, a visit to the Chocolaterie which inspired author Joanne Harris's 'Chocolat' or a visit to a local gallery at the Abbeye de Flaran featuring works of art by many well known 20th century artists such as Cezanne and Renoir. Holidays are held at La Salle, a beautiful country house in this quiet corner of South West France. Albert Camus, called the area 'Le petit Toscane' or 'little Tuscany'. Tiny hilltop villages perch above rolling fields of Sunflowers and vineyards and there is little traffic on the winding country roads, still relatively undiscovered by mass tourism. The area is famous for it's Armagnac, wine and hearty cuisine and menus feature dishes such as 'Confit de canard' and 'Daube de Boeuf aux Pruneaux'.   D'Artagnan the character imortalised by Alexandre Dumas in the novel 'The three musketeers' was based on Charles de Batz D'Artagnan who lived in nearby Chateau Castelmore. There are many references to his memory in the form of sculptures, street names and often on restaurant menus.    La Salle is in a quiet country setting, but only a 10 minute walk to the picturesque bastide village of St Puy where you can wander up to the delightful Cafe/ Restaurant, 'Chez Vous' and watch the world go by and get a real feel for french country life.   St Puy has it's own 'Boulangerie' where we shop daily for baguettes and croissantes, a charming Pizzeria and Chateau Monluc, which makes the fabulous aperitif 'Pousse Rapiere' which will certainly feature in the local menus and at La Salle.The area is renowned both for its beauty and history. There are 5 of the officially listed 'most beautiful villages in France', the UNESCO world heritage site at La Romieu and the Roman villa of Seviac with it's amazing mosaics only 20 minutes away.

The area is often referred to as 'The Tuscany of France'





 The sun trap by the pool at the end of the day.

     Summer on the lane to La Salle




   Lots of inspiration in the pretty garden.

 The Tango festival in St Puy.


Early morning mists clear to undulating hills dotted with Chateaux and hilltop villages

 Artists working in the studio

 The south facing terrace where you can find a quiet place to paint or while away your time with a good book and a glass of Monluc