Autumn Colours on Canvas Holiday in the Shropshire Hills

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £549pp £519pp

Each autumn the British countryside marks the change of season from summer to autumn with a glorious display of colour in the branches of deciduous trees. Woods turn from green to a wonderful patchwork of yellows and golds – nature’s own colour palette. On this weekend break our expert art leader will help you explore the joy of painting autumn colours and help you bring all the gorgeous shades and textures onto your canvas. Painting realistic trees can take a lot of time and requires great attention to detail but our tutor will teach you a few tricks to make things easier

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance from expert artists 
  • Full days to practise in inspirational surroundings 
  • Fun and supportive environment
  • Small groups of 15 people or under 

What’s included

  • 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 wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


There will be full days practising your chosen discipline with breaks throughout the day for a cup of tea (or two!) and lunch. Most tuition and practice will take place inside the house, but if the sun is out, we may head into the grounds to take advantage of some fresh air. 

In the evenings, you can relax in the house lounges and bar, socialise with other guests or take part in a wide range of house activities.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Central lounge
  • Three additional rooms, can be used for other purposes
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Patio
  • Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
  • Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
  • Sculpture trail

Dining

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.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

 

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.

Additional Information

  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times.
  • Fire evacuation notices are displayed in the bedrooms and throughout the hotel. Each room has its own smoke sensor and fire alarm. In the event of a fire a very loud continuous alarm sounds and emergency lighting comes on. We have portable Deaf guard fire alarm system for those who are hard of hearing. This consists of a vibrating pad to go under the pillow and a bright strobe light. The Deaf guard is triggered when main alarm is activated.
  • In the case of evacuation there are fire exits in every function room, bar and restaurant as well as the main front entrance. On the first, second and third floors there are fire exits at either end of the corridors which open to an emergency fire escape stairwell.
  • Please advise reception on check in if you think you would require assistance in the event of an emergency. Door hangers are available in the rooms which can be used to indicate a need for assistance. Fire extinguishers are found throughout the building, as are fire call points. If you discover a fire please call 9-999 from your room phone, raise the alarm and alert a member of our team.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Longmynd House

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What to Bring

An A3 art board is available at the house for your use.
Art materials are not supplied so please bring drawing and painting materials of your choice.  (Traditional oil paints and solvents are not permitted)

  • Visual art reference (as mentioned above).
  • A Mobile phone or camera; useful to record your progress.

 Mediums:
Bring your favourite medium/s to work with e.g. graphite pencils and coloured pencils, charcoal (sticks/ pencil), dip pen and ink, fountain pen with flexible nib, brush pen with water soluble ink, black fine tipped permanent marker, pastel pencils / sticks, pan pastel, watercolour paint / pencils), gouache paint, acrylic paint, water mixable oil paint.
Please note: only water mixable oil paints are allowed.  Traditional oil paints requiring the use of solvents; turpentine, low odour thinners etc are NOT allowed.

Colours:
Artists quality paints (not student quality) will give better results.  Colour theory will be explored.  Do bring along a selection of colours of your own choice.

Paint brushes:
Bring your favourite brushes but try to include two small round brushes (either size 2, 4 or 6) with good points and a large flat or filbert (either size 16, 18,  or 20 or bigger).  Use different brushes for different mediums.  For instance, watercolour brushes should only be used for watercolour painting.

Suggested supports; paper, board, canvas:

  • You can work any size, big or small, but please remember there is not unlimited space
  • Rough paper/ sketchbooks for practising techniques.
  • Grey coloured (or a mid tone colour of your choice) drawing paper for tonal art work.  Use a mid weight paper with some texture.
    (Please remember to bring HB and B pencils pencils and charcoal for line work and tonal exercises/ artwork.  For highlighting you will need white pencil/ pastel, gel pen, gouache paint. 
  • Tracing paper and layout paper (optional) for developing artwork from sketches.
  • Supports for your final artworks; paper, board or canvas.
  • Please note: If you intend to paint with watercolours, consider stretching your watercolour paper at home, to bring with you taped to a support (board).

.Other bits and pieces to consider bringing:

    • Kneaded eraser and hard eraser.
    • Pencil sharpener.
    • Paper stumps/ tortillion for blending pencil marks.
    • Kitchen roll/ paper towels/ hand wipes.
    • Apron.
    • Mixing palettes
      (Remember, acrylic paints will need covering overnight to stop them drying out, if used on the second day).
    • Fine mist water spray bottle.
    • Extra, small non breakable water pots.
    • Masking fluid.
    • Drawing board clips, bulldog clips (for sketchbooks/ holding paper on the board).
    • Masking tape.
    • Fixative spray.
    • Small table ease / travel easel and also a mahl stick (if you prefer working upright.)
    • Portfolio or similar for storing artwork.
    • Small bin bags.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
13 Sep - 17 Sep
4 Art £549 £519 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

4 nights from £549pp £519pp

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