Bold & Free Watercolour Painting in the Peak District

green watercolor painting on paper with paint palette and paintbrushes
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £435pp £435pp

Discover vibrant alternatives to conventional ways of painting with watercolours by focusing on the abstract and going on a ‘bold and free’ journey. Under the guidance of our art tutor you’ll find different ways of looking at shape, colour and subject matter and master some alternative techniques. You can expect bold brushstrokes and original compositions. The aim is to produce an imaginative, spontaneous and personal work to take pride of place on your wall at home.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance of expert tutors
  • Full days to practice in quiet surroundings
  • Small group sizes of 15 people and 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.


Each morning after a hearty breakfast, we get cracking and enjoy our first painting session. Then after a tasty light lunch together, we once again immerse ourselves in this fascinating and absorbing subject. By mid-morning and mid-afternoon we'll have earned a welcome cuppa together as we exchange enthusiasm and ideas about our artwork. Every one of us has our own way of painting and this is a wonderful thing we can be proud of and share - we're enjoying the journey as much as the destination.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


The Peveril of the Peak

The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.

 

Need to know

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

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.

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 televisions – 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 delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.

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 Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.

Accessibility

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

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What to Bring

As the work is based around watercolour abstraction in art there are no great restrictions on materials and each artists is welcome to bring along items of their choice.

However the following is a basic suggested list:

  • A4 sketch pad and pencil and ink drawing pens.
  • Bring along any brushes and watercolours you may have, preferably tube paints as the volume of colour needed for a painting may be quite large [student or professional quality]. A small range of colours say 4 or 5 of your own colour preference is all that is needed. One of each of the primary colours red, blue, yellow will give quite a varied palette.
  • Palette for mixing colours.
  • Brushes: medium mop, flat or ½” one stroke brush, round brush size 12, rigger brush size 3; a brush for stippling e.g. an old oil painting brush, old toothbrush for spatter effect.
  • Watercolour paper separate sheets or pad e.g. A4, 12 x 8 inches; A3, 16 x 12 inches
  • Scrap paper for testing colours and effects.
  • Water jars/containers.
  • Masking fluid, masking tape.

Additional items can include acrylic inks, fountain pen inks etc.

Dave Jeffery

Dave produces paintings in a variety of medium including water colour, pen and wash, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Subject matter includes landscape, seascape, the human form, animals and buildings. Mediums used are water colour, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Paintings are produced in the studio from Dave's own sketches and preparatory paintings.

‘Personal observation and experience of the subject matter is the key to all my work. I am keen to employ other senses such as the sense of touch into my finished work. I enjoy this tactile approach, be it imaginary or real, as an aid to understanding and depicting the three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. I enjoy exploring a variety of methods of painting from illustrative to abstract.'

As a self-employed artist Dave has taught basic and more advanced techniques in drawing and painting to adult groups in the UK and abroad and has led a variety of art holidays on behalf of HF Holidays for the past sixteen years.

www.davejeffery.co.uk

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
02 Apr - 05 Apr
3 Art £435 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

3 nights from £435pp £435pp

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