Pen & Wash Holiday in the Peak District
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Discover how to use waterproof pen and watercolour wash to create expressive and loose sketches of landscapes and architecture. Using photographs, you will be guided on how to sketch features such as trees, water and buildings.
- Get creative with waterproof pen and watercolour wash
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- Loan of lightweight wooden A3 art boards
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, less than a mile from the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the Dove Dale gorge. Named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Our day starts with plenty of useful information, advice and interactive demonstrations on how to use our materials. Then the fun begins with step-by-step exercises and by the end of the day we’ve got a good grounding in pen and wash techniques. Getting to know our materials is easy through hands-on practice and helpful advice for the beginners amongst us - and useful for those with some experience as they’ll develop further their existing techniques. Our leader shows us some examples of pen and wash work which inspires us, and opens up further possibilities.
Mixing up colours
Today we use objects and compositions to realise pictures with our new techniques. A variety of subject matter is used, always with the gentle guidance and patient support from our leader. A colour session gives us confidence and experience of colour mixing. In this relaxed environment we can bask in the sheer pleasure of art.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Landscapes, oceans and flowers
Photos are now available so that we can explore a more varied subject matter including landscape, ocean and florals. If the weather permits, we’ll use the gardens and grounds for further sketching. We'll develop our own images using a variety of techniques.
Our leader offers further individual support as we develop picture ideas though exploring a variety of subjects. We discover ways to draw trees, water and create depth. Throughout the day, we get helpful advice on how to select and develop our sketching - and perhaps to enlarge, enhance and edit our interpretations.
A still life is today’s inspiration as we push the boundaries on our use of pen and wash, leaving us with plenty of ideas to take home with us. An informal exhibition of our artwork can be set up for everyone to enjoy. It’s entirely optional of course - but it’s always lovely and interesting to see all our different interpretations. We’ll be delighted at what we’ve achieved this week!
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
What to Bring
- A3 Watercolour pad cold press 300gms
- A4 cartridge pad
- 2 pencils 2B and HB
- 2/3 drawing pens (both black, or one black one sepia) fine .01 or .02 and one medium .05 or .08)
- Choose waterproof type. Pilot are good as are many other makes
- 3 Watercolour paints: lemon yellow, magenta or cadium red, cobalt or french ultra marine blue
- 2 Watercolour brushes: one round size 8, 10 or 12, optional one small 4 detail brush
- One bottle of liquid ink (Windsor and Newton or similar) in any colour sepia, blue etc.
- Masking tape.
- Water Pot/plastic cup
Your leader will provide black liquid ink and a flat one inch brush.
Lightweight wooden A3 painting boards are available for guest loan at the Country House.
Discover the Peak District
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderfully peaceful location in the village of Thorpe, and is surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Derbyshire Dales.
The nearest facilities are in the small town of Ashbourne, about 3 miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of shops plus supermarkets, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
One of the natural wonders of the Peak District, the spectacular limestone valley of Dove Dale is less than 1 mile from The Peveril of the Peak – just follow the footpath signs from the car park.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s most visited stately homes, which sits at the heart of a huge estate. Throughout the house there are fine displays of furniture, silver, tapestries, porcelain and paintings. The formal gardens cover 105 acres and include fountains, sculptures and a maze. Chatsworth is around 50 minutes' drive from The Peveril of the Peak. www.chatsworth.org
Crich Tramways Village
Located near the village of Crich, about 45 minutes' drive away, the National Tramway Museum has an impressive collection of vintage trams which run on a recreated historic street. www.tramway.co.uk
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are the town’s opera house, and Poole’s Cavern show cave. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
The popular village of Castleton is an excellent starting point for walks in the ‘Dark Peak’; just under an hour's drive away. Nearby are four extensive show caves: Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns
Home to the famous ‘Bakewell Pudding’, this is one of the most attractive small towns in the national park. Bakewell is around 35 minutes' drive away.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away. www.haddonhall.co.uk
The Tissington Trail is just half a mile away from The Peveril of the Peak. This offers 13 miles of traffic-free cycling along a disused railway line and connects with the 17 mile High Peak Trail. Cycle hire is available nearby.
Travel to Dovedale
Our address is: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost £32 per taxi from Derby or £42 from Buxton. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
There is a bus service as far as Ashbourne, about 3 miles from our country house. From Buxton take the 442 service or from Derby catch the SW1 service. For bus times see www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk
From Ashbourne complete your journey by taxi, or use the Derbyshire Connect service. This service must be prebooked at least 48 hours in advance by calling 01335 342 951
From the south leave the M1 at junction 24 and head to Ashbourne via the A50 and A515. Continue north on the A515 heading towards Buxton. 1 mile north of Ashbourne turn left, signposted to Thorpe, Dovedale and Ilam. After a further 2 miles the road bends sharply left by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From Buxton take the A515 south towards Ashbourne. After 17 miles turn right at a crossroads, following signs to Thorpe. After 1 mile turn right by the Old Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From the west leave the M6 at junction 15 and head via the A50, Cheadle (A521) and Oakamoor (A5417) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road signposted to Ilam. After 1½ miles turn left and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at Ilam, turn right and follow the road up a steep hill and onwards through Dovedale and Thorpe village. The Peveril of the Peak is on the left hand side at the end of the village.
Travelling from overseas
Dovedale is located in the centre of the UK, with a number of airport options.
East Midlands Airport is about 30 miles away - this is served by short-haul European flights. If you're flying here we'd recommend pre-booking a taxi direct to the Peveril of the Peak.
London Luton Airport has lots of low-cost European flights. From here take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Linda has painted all her life and is a professional artist well known for her lively enjoyable and encouraging painting holidays and workshops. Being a painting demonstrator for a leading art materials company she has a good knowledge of the ‘right tools for the Job’ and excellent understanding of colour mixing. Linda does not show you how to paint like her. Instead she encourages you to paint how you wish to paint by providing painting demonstrations and techniques to suit your needs.
Linda is an excellent teacher. Her instruction was clear, she quickly recognised our individual needs, she was patient, well prepared, with a variety of the activities for us, all the time giving inspiration and confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel I have learned a lot.