Course Information

The course includes the following: 6 days tuition with your selected tutor, accommodation, transport to and from the airport and all excursions,  breakfast and dinner with wine at the estate, lunch with soft drinks either on the estate or at a cafe if on an excursion day. 

Arrival Day

Collection from Toulouse Blagnac Airport in our minivan at pre-determined times and locations. After a journey of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, arrive at the property, unpack and meet your tutor and fellow students. Depending on your arrival time there may be sufficient time in the afternoon to explore Cordes-sur-Ciel and the local countryside. Your tutor will discuss course structure, excursion days and other details in the evening. Pre-dinner drinks will be provided at 7.0pm, followed by dinner at 7.30pm.

The Week

Breakfast is served from 8.30am until 9.30am.  We serve a selection of artisan breads and croissants, homemade preserves, muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee.

After breakfast you will commence presentations or painting in the studio, or head into the countryside for sketching and inspiration.

Transport will be provided to nearby villages, bastide towns and local vineyards. We have a lovely vineyard close by that allow us to walk among the vines or sit on the patio overlooking the vines to sketch, take photos and be inspired. If an excursion involves staying out for most of the day, we provide lunch in a local restaurant.

Lunch is served from 1pm until 2pm, under the linden tree in the courtyard, or, if the weather is inclement, in the studio dining area. We serve a variety of fresh salads, breads, homemade quiche, pasta dishes, charcuterie and cheese. The menu varies daily and all fruits and vegetables are locally sourced or grown on the estate.

Classes usually finish around 5pm, which leaves a couple of hours’ downtime to enjoy the pool, the tennis court, a book in the sun, a walk around the property or an afternoon nap.

Pre-dinner drinks are served at 7pm in the Gazebo on the lawn or in the Grand Salon in the Manor House.  Dinner is served promptly at 7.30pm. Usually we dine in the studio dining area, and sometimes in mid-summer, by candlelight under the linden tree in the garden to take advantage of the lovely aspect of Cordes-sur-Ciel at night. We serve a full 3 course gourmet meal and local wines.

Departure Day

The following Monday is departure day, so after breakfast it's time to head back to the airport for flights home.

What to Bring

Please remember to pack:

  • Sturdy shoes for excursions
  • A sun hat and sun screen
  • Old protective clothing for studio work
  • Your bathing costume and gym shoes if you anticipate using the pool and tennis court.

Painting Supplies

You may prefer to bring your own brushes, paints and other materials, but be aware that some airlines may refuse to accept oil paints and other potentially flammable materials. We recommend you check IATA and specific airline regulations.   Canvases and painting materials will be available for purchase at La Borie Grande. Details of exact requirements for your course will be provided closer to the commencement of the course.

Other Information

Bottled water will be provided for excursions. Pool towels and tennis racquets are also available.

Please carefully read 'Terms and Conditions' on this web site before booking.

We strongly recommend you do not book your flight until we have confirmed we have a sufficient number of students attending the course.

We look forward to welcoming you on your Luxury Painting Holiday.