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Art and design

September Art and design Retreat

We are thrilled to announce that Cathy and Shelly from The Art and Design Studio have chosen Cottages de Garrigue for their '5 day art holidays in the beautiful Dordogne'. Together, we are taking bookings for September 2021.  You can visit their website here.

September 2021 dates:

Check-in Monday 13th September 2021. Check-out Saturday 18th September (5 nights).

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Come and enjoy 5 nights accommodation, with 4 days of sketching and painting at the beautiful Cottages de Garrigue,  just 6km from Eymet in the Dordogne, South West France. 


Below is a sample itinerary:

Monday arrival


When you arrive at Bergerac airport we’ll be there to meet you and take you directly to your lovely accommodation. After settling in, it'll be time for a welcome drink and to run through the weekend’s activities before you al fresco dine on the terrace.

The hours for each day will be:- 10.00 to 12.30 (tuition) 12.30 to 14.00 (lunch break – packed lunches will be provided or lunch will be served at the Cottages) 14.00 to 16.30 (tuition)




After breakfast you’ll begin your art classes either inside the barn, or en plein air dependent on the weather. The afternoon will be spent producing artwork before retiring to your accommodation to relax. In the evening we’ll enjoy a lovely dinner at the Cottages, on the terrace weather permitting.




After breakfast, we’ll head to the Naked Vigneron vineyard where we’ll spend the morning sketching and painting. Lunch will be at the vineyard, with the opportunity to buy some of the fabulous organic wines to ship home. We’ll return to painting around the vineyard for the afternoon. After the day’s sketching and painting we will return to the Cottages to relax before dinner 'at home'.




After breakfast we’ll take a trip to today’s painting venue of Eymet, a medieval bastide town. Lunch will be at a lovely pizzeria. After lunch we’ll continue painting back at the Cottages. After time to relax and freshen up, join us for dinner on the terrace.




This morning after breakfast we’ll sketch and paint all day at the Cottages. Lunch will be on the shady terrace overlooking the lovely views. Following an afternoon of art, we’ll make time to relax before dinner in a local restaurant, finishing with farewell drinks back at the Cottages.




We’ll leave after breakfast for the transfer to Bergerac airport.

Practical information

All holidays include the following: 

Transfers to and from Bergerac train station or airport.

All accommodation.

All continental breakfasts.   

All lunches & dinners – 1 restaurant meal, 1 picnic, 2 buffet lunches 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.

Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
Accommodation details

Cottages de Garrigue is a private holiday cottage business set in 7 acres of beautiful Dordogne countryside, ideal for retreats. We have 3 cottages - two are 3-bedroom/2 bathroom and one is 2-bedroom/1 bathroom. Each cottage has a kitchen and lounge, with great bathroom facilities. Cottages de Garrigue is hired exclusively during retreat periods, meaning only Art and Design Studio guests are staying.

Cathy and Shelly take care of reservations for the retreats, so feel free to make contact with us and we'll pass your enquiry on.

Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
Cottages de Garrigue Art and Design stud
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