La Salle Painting holidays


ENQUIRE NOW FOR HOLIDAYS IN 2018 / 2019

  

We offer Painting or Cooking holidays on set dates throughout the year, tutored by visiting artists and tutors. Sometimes our holidays have a seasonal theme or include a visit to a local event such as one of the beautiful flower markets or 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. For the chefs among us, we include a visit to a lovely local garlic farm for a picnic lunch or the Chocolaterie which inspired author Joanne Harris's 'Chocolat'.

 

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 peaceful 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.


La Salle is set in terraced gardens with a sunny south facing seating and dining area where pots of geraniums, olive and lemon trees surround you.

 

 

   




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 terraced gardens.



 

   

The Tango festival in the old Market Square in St Puy.

 






Early morning Autumn mists clear to fabulous views of undulating hills and valleys dotted with castles and villages.






        Artists working in the Studio



      

 

The south facing terrace in the garden. Lots of quiet places to sit where you may paint or while away your time with a good book and a glass of Monluc.