Expressive Pastels Holiday in the Northern Lake District
Be inspired by the magnificent landscapes of the Northern Lake District National Park, the idyllic Lakeland village of Watendlath and the delightful reflections of big mountains at Buttermere on this combined indoor and outdoor break with Yorkshire-based professional artist Robert Dutton. Learn how to create bold, colourful and dramatic pastel paintings filled with atmosphere and light. Suitable for improvers and artists who wish to become more expressive in developing their own personal style.
- Capture the splendour of your surroundings in expressive pastels
- 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
- All transport to and from painting locations on your holiday
Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes 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 Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but 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 tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- Hard and soft pastels (any brand, mixed colours) - highly recommended: Inscribe pastels ½ stick 36 or 72 colours, Unison landscape box set 36 ½ stick colours but bring what you have
- Canson Mi-Tientes ‘Touch’ 350gsm pastel paper (black). Full sheets 50 x 65cm for the adventurous! Sheets can be cut in half before or during the holiday
- Aerosol fixative (any brand but not hairspray!)
- Masking tape
- Bulldog clips
- Protective paper for your pastels
- Folding lightweight stool for outside work
- Field easel (‘Trent’ metal easel highly recommended)
- Good footwear (boots highly recommended)
- Warm clothing, a raincoat and a hat
- Your camera
- A good size backpack to put everything in
- An easel - free-standing is ideal.
Please note: Please do not bring Daler Rowney pastel paper or Canson Mi-Tientes (not to be confused with Canson Mi-Tientes Touch) as these papers are not suitable for the expressive pastel techniques you will learn.
Please also note: As Robert is a UK Canson Ambassador he can provide you with Canson Mi-Tientes ‘touch’ 350gsm 50x 65cm at £5 per sheet, £2.50 half sheet if you would like to try.
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the country house
Your leader will bring some photographic reference for students to paint from, plus some pastel paper offered at a discount if guests need to buy this.
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