Landscape Painting Holiday in Northumberland

Northumberland

Code: ALPLA

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
From £885.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Find inspiration in the heather clad moorland, castle ruins and glorious beachscapes of Northumberland. In the company of an accomplished artist, we’ll explore the local area and discover the finest sites to paint. These holidays are designed to cater for any level of experience, with various techniques and topics being introduced. We'll walk up to 2 miles (3km) each day, carrying our equipment.

Holiday highlights

  • Visit inspirational vistas 
  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
  • Working outdoors as much as possible, with an indoor option if the weather is poor
  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage

Price includes

  • 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

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Nether Grange in Northumberland

Nether Grange has undeniable history and gorgeous landscapes that surrounds the Alnmouth coastline. It's a perfect mixture of sea and landscape that provides a more settled terrain for everyone who enjoys walking in all of nature's beauty.

Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the links golf course to the sea.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

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

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Large lounge
  • Dining room with sea views
  • Free WiFi available in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Elevated terrace and croquet lawn with superb sea views
  • Conservatory
  • Ballroom

Dining

AAn example of Alnmouth evening mealll 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 Make the most of your evening or join us at the barchat 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.

Accessibility

Due to the age and the layout of the house, Nether Grange is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and the public rooms in the main building are over 2 floors with no lift available.

More details on Alnmouth accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Arrival day

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. 

When we go out into the lovely local countryside, we'll be walking up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment as we find the very best landscapes to capture on our canvas.

Day 2: 

Today we will explore the village and beach area around Nether Grange. This will give opportunities to consider composition for preliminary sketches. There are some lovely scenes around the village and along the shoreline. We will return to the house studio to practise painting techniques for development of these sketches. Focus will be on washes for skies and seascapes.

Day 3: 

After a preparing for the day’s painting we will venture along the coast to where it really opens up. The Northumberland beaches and castles are stunning and nowhere more so than at Bamburgh. Here we will consider best views and pleasing compositions. The focus will be on colour and tone for creating distance. Refreshments (and alternative views for sketches!) are available in the pretty village adjacent to the castle itself. Before returning, a short drive along the coast will offer views of the iconic castle of Lindisfarne on Holy Island. The aim of the day is to come back with a wealth of painted studies and inspiration to think about on our free day tomorrow.

Day 4: Free Day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day (Wednesday). 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.

Day 5: 

Heading south of Alnmouth today takes us to Warkworth and Amble where lies a picturesque marina. The recommended view is along the estuary near the yacht clubhouse, with Warkworth and the castle in the distance. On the estuary, and on the bank, there are a number of boats of different sizes: a pleasing and challenging subject to choose! Today’s focus will be on foreground detail and perspective.

Day 6:

A short distance north of Nether Grange lies Craster, the home of Craster kippers! It has a small port, with only a few boats now. From certain positions the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, about 11⁄2 miles away, can be seen. You can walk towards the castle, along a wide grassy track for better views. Colour mixing will be important today, aiming to capture the rolling, grassy landscape as it meets the beach and waves beyond.

Day 7:

For a change of focus today we will visit the Woodhorn Colliery Museum. The winding gear, a feature of this landscape for many years, is preserved here. The museum, with free entry, offers some interesting views of this area’s past. Sketches, focusing on line and tone, may be made before returning to the coast. We will stop at Druridge Bay where the dunes, beach and wading birds will offer more opportunities for dramatic seascapes.

Departure day 

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. 

What to bring

  • Sketchpad
  • Selection of pencils
  • Pencil sharpener or craft knife
  • Putty (kneadable) rubber
  • A drawing board (if you prefer to use your own)
  • Masking tape and masking fluid
  • Large well rectangular palette
  • Small piece of wax candle
  • Water pot (any good-sized plastic pot)
  • Roll of kitchen towel
  • Watercolour paints - A small set of student watercolours (tubes or pans), acrylics or pastels, according to your choice of medium, will be fine and then you can gradually build up your own selection as you become more experienced.Suggested colours: Cadmium Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Indigo, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Dioxazine Violet, Raw Sienna, Winsor Blue, Pthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre
  • Paper - We recommend 140lbs/300gms watercolour paper - 38 x 28cms size sheets, or any other paper you are used to using. Some papers have a textured surface so choose the surface you prefer. You could bring a ‘blocked’ pad – that is one where all the sheets are gummed together on all four edges. These pads are expensive but save you having to use a board as you leave the paper on the pad whilst you paint. We would also recommend a pad of cartridge paper for sketching (A3)
  • Brushes - The most expensive you can afford. Sizes 4, 8 and 12 round will be sufficient. Sable/synthetic mix are fine
  • Small rucksack or shoulder bag
  • An easel if you like to use one
  • Wide-brimmed hat or a plastic eye shade will eliminate glare and improve your comfort
  • An umbrella also provides shade (and can protect against a shower)
  • Light folding chair/stool if you have one, alternatively a cushion, garden kneeler or plastic seat pad
  • Remember sitting still can make you chillier than you would expect, so bring some extra layers of warm, wind-proof clothing and a thin pair of stretchy gloves
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread
  • Drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House

Local area

Discover Northumberland

Nether Grange sits right at the heart of the historic coastal village of Alnmouth. Located right on the North Sea coast there is a sweeping sandy beach and a small tidal harbour. Facilities include a handful of small shops, pubs and cafés.

A wider range of facilities, including shops, supermarkets, banks and chemists can be found in Alnwick, the nearest town. Alnwick is about four miles inland and is connected to Alnmouth by regular buses.

During your visit to the Nether Grange you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle & gardens
The huge Alnwick Castle is a big attraction in its own right and has gained a younger audience since being used as ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter films. The gardens have undergone extensive rebuilding and are now the main draw for many visitors. Alnwick is just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the hourly X18 bus. www.alnwickcastle.com or www.alnwickgarden.com

 

Bamburgh Castle from the beachBamburgh Castle
Owned by the Armstrong family since the 1750s, Bamburgh Castle occupies a splendid position above the sweeping sands of the North Sea coast. Bamburgh is 35 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 local bus which runs every other hour. www.bamburghcastle.com

 

Two puffins on the Farne IslandsFarne Islands
Take a boat trip (weather permitting) from Seahouses to the Farne Islands; one of the best places in Britain to view seals and puffins. Seahouses is around 45 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 bus. www.farne-islands.com

 

Lindisfarne
English Christianity was born in 7th century  Northumberland and Lindisfarne Priory, is its oldest major site, dating from 635AD.  It is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cut off by the tides twice a day (make sure that you check the tide times before you visit). The Heritage Centre tells the stories of St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Bede and displays the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels in electronic form. Linisfarne is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth. www.english-heritage.org.uk/lindisfarne-priory

Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle, a few miles to the south of Alnmouth, towers over a bend in the River Coquet and the picturesque town of Warkworth. Warkworth is just 10 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 518 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth-castle

Cragside HouseCragside House
Built by Victorian industrial magnate William Armstrong, Cragside House was hugely innovative and was the first house in Britain to be lit by electric light. Now managed by the National Trust, the house and gardens are a fascinating visit. Cragside is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

 

Impressive frontage of Seaton Delaval HallSeaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall is a fine stately home, designed by John Vambrugh and completed in 1728. Following an extensive fundraising appeal it has recently been purchased by the National Trust. The hall is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

 

Tyne bridges in NewcastleNewcastle-upon-Tyne
The vibrant city of Newcastle is always bustling with activity and is famed for its shopping and lively nightlife. The new Baltic arts centre and Sage Gallery are well worth a visit. Newcastle is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached by hourly local bus.

 

Hadrian’s Wall
Around 1½ hours drive from Nether Grange, Hadrian’s Wall remains a powerful symbol of the Roman Empire. The most dramatic section is from Once Brewed to Housteads Roman Fort and a walk here enables you to see some of the best preserved sections at close quarters. Two museums of note are the Roman Army Museum near Walltown you can gain an insight into the daily lives of Roman soldiers, and Vindolanda Roman Fort with its collection of rare Roman artefacts. www.visithadrianswall.co.uk

Edinburgh
Edinburgh is very accessible for a day trip. Catch the train from nearby Alnmouth station for the scenic 1 hour journey to the Scottish capital. You'll arrive in the heart of the city centre with numerous museums, shops and galleries, plus the famous castle all within easy walking distance.

Alnmouth Village Golf Club
This links course if located right in front of Nether Grange. www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk

Barter Books has been dubbed the British Library of secondhand bookshops and is located in a handsome old Victorian railway station in Alnwick.

 

Cragside House image © National Trust/Graeme Peacock, Seaton Delaval Hall image ©National Trust Images/John Hammond

Travel

Travel to Alnmouth

Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

Nether Grange sits on a headland and only has access to limited roadside parking.  We advise our guests to use rail travel where possible. Nether Grange is a 3 minute taxi ride from Alnmouth train station

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6. 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 Nether Grange Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Take the A1 to Alnwick. Exit on the A1068 heading towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (not well signed) and follow the A1068 towards Alnmouth. After 2¾ miles go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338. As you approach Alnmouth cross the bridge, then turn right at the roundabout into the centre of the village. Turn left into Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, however free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

There is a local airport at Newcastle which is served by European flights, and UK regional flights from London. From here take the metro to Newcastle Central station, then on by train to Alnmouth - a straightforward journey taking just over 1 hour.

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Alnmouth with one change at Newcastle. Allow 3½ hours to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 5 hours to reach Alnmouth. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to  London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Leaders

Susan Neale

Susan is a professional artist and qualified tutor and was recently Artist in Residence at The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard. Susan teaches and demonstrates on a regular basis to art groups and societies throughout the North of England and is a Professional Member of the SAA (Society Of All Artists).

She is inspired by the natural world and loves to paint the countryside around her, from fields and hedgerows, to flowers and wild-life.

Her aim is to establish a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in her classes, so that learning new skills is a positive, fun and creative process.

You can visit Susan's website at www.susannealeartist.co.uk

Susan couldn't have been more helpful, kind, encouraging, sociable or knowledgeable. Fantastic group leader. 

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