4-Night Autumn Colours on Canvas Holiday in the Shropshire Hills

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays

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 group sizes to enhance your experience 

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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Guests may need to book a time when they wish to swim (30-minute slots) if the number of guests exceeds the pool capacity. 

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 and larger television – 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 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

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Getting to Longmynd House

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Essential Information

An A3 artboard is available at the house for your use.

Art materials are not supplied so please bring drawing and painting materials of your choice. Please note, traditional oil paints and solvents are not permitted. You may wish to bring a mobile phone or camera 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 a 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.

Paintbrushes

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 artwork.  Use mid-weight paper with some texture
    (Please remember to bring HB and B 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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
13 Sep - 17 Sep 2021
4 Art £549 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

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