This week is aimed at all painters from near beginners to intermediate painters who want to enjoy painting en plein air in a beautiful environment with guidance.
With over one hectare of land, and approached via a long tree-lined avenue, the house “La Clé” slowly reveals itself as a charming house secluded and spacious with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and sitting on mature grounds with its grove of olive trees and wooded area.
The house is a really beautiful villa, up in the hills, overlooking the quaint and beautiful village of Cotignac, a 10 minute walk away from excellent restaurants, craft shops and a Boulangerie with crusty breads to die for. The villa has been completely renovated but is still a lovely old building full of charm, tastefully decorated and furnished with nooks and crannies everywhere so that everyone can find their own little space in this wonderful place.
There is also a 6mX12 m pool in travertine stone and plenty of comfortable deckchairs to relax and chill…
The terrace of ‘la Clé’ villa, Cotignac, Provence
But the pièce de resistance is the view from the terrace at night, down into the village with the twinkly lights. Good for the soul! Lovely walks and vineyards …The beautiful town square which is only a short walk away has plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes and are very reasonable. There is even singing & dancing in the square in the evenings…
The terrace of ‘la Clé’ villa, with views over Cotignac, Provence
We will be painting outdoors, the weather in May should be lovely! There is plenty to paint on site, with olive trees , the views of the country surrounding Cotignac, including a nearby waterfall only 15 minutes away from the house. This medieval village is dominated by a magnificent rock with sheer cliffs. At the summit are the ruins of an ancient Saracen fortress. The town boasts wonderful examples of architecture, ranging from the 12th to the 18th centuries.
We will paint for 5 days allowing one day off to explore the beautiful surrounding area.
Materials: you will need….A standard tripod or pochade easel, paints, brushes and small canvas boards. A full checklist will be sent to you closer to the time.
We will provide a buffet style breakfast each morning with fresh bread and croissants from the local bakery.
The kitchen will be run in the evening by a guest chef, providing us with a tasty 3 course dinner. We will select wines and apéritifs on each evening to have with our food. Wine and aperitifs included.
Lunch is not included but there is plenty of choice in the village , with plenty of local restaurants and cafés.
Bedroom 1 – 1 Large Double Bed. Ensuite. Supplement of €250
Bedroom 2 – 3 Single Beds. Separate shared bathroom with bath. 2 separate WCs
Bedroom 3 – 1 Large Double Bed (or 2 singles)
Bedroom 4 – 1 Large Double Bed (or 2 singles)
Bedroom 5 – 1 Large Double Bed (or 2 singles)
Bedroom 6 – 3 Single Beds
Bedroom 7 – Twin Beds
Upper floor rooms: 2 shared bathrooms with showers and WCs
• DVD Player
• Games …
• MP3 Dock
Ping Pong Table
• Satellite / Cable
• Stereo …
• Deck Furniture
• Outdoor Furniture
• Barbecue …
• Tennis …
• Private Pool
What a find! A fantastic property near the beautiful town of Cotignan, overflowing with fantastic Provence character – well worth the scenic drive. Once you get there you won’t want to leave!
The accommodation is just fantastic – the original property with all its character has been beautifully modernised/ extended to take full advantage of the stunning scenery. While it caters for a large number of guests / families at one time the rooms are so well laid out there is such generous space around to escape and just chill / relax do your own thing. Night time on the terrace overlooking the town is pretty special!
The swimming pool is a great size and has plenty of space around to sunbath / read. The ping-pong table was well used by kids and very competitive parents alike.
The generous kitchen is fully fitted with every gadget you need so cooking was fun (Nespresso coffee machine bit of a luxury!) The TV room / snug was appreciated at the end of the day by kids big & small.
The beautiful town square which is only a short walk away has plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes and we found it very reasonable. There was singing & dancing in the square when it got dark which was brilliant fun for young & old – great memories:)
We would highly recommend this property to anyone / group.
Eilish & James