Landscape Painting at Conistonwater

Lake District

Code: CNPLA

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
From £824.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Find inspiration in the fells, lakes and valleys of the Lake District. 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 of the Lake District
  • 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

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to painting sites and tuition
  • Expert leader: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Monk Coniston
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

Accommodation

As a historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

 

Bedrooms

Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house. 

Our classic rooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium room. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

 

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms. 

Monk Coniston has a comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room with lake views, and a bar and library. There is also a selection of board games and books. Free Wifi is available in some public rooms. Our traditional Lakeland barn can be used for dancing, or as a games room with table tennis and Nintendo Wii.

Monk Coniston is surrounded by a large garden with views down to the lake. Outside there is a putting green and croquet lawn. The National Trust maintains a collection of rare trees in the grounds.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from our cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. The cold buffet offers a selection fruit, cereals, yoghurts, croissants and pastries. Hot dishes include porridge, sausages, bacon, choice of eggs, tomato, baked beans and mushrooms. Tea, coffee, toast and jams are served at the tables.

Choose from our self-select picnic lunches. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk from a member of the local mountain rescue team or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Due to the age and the layout of Monk Coniston, it is not recommended for wheelchair users and guests with restricted mobility. There are ground floor en-suite bedrooms in the Counting House, but this building is access via steps.

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • On arrival there is a gate, a cattle grid and a driveway leading towards the house.
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door.
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac and slightly sloping
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main entrance & reception

  • The main entrance has no steps and is 110cm wide
  • The reception area is a spacious 4m x 4.1m
  • All public rooms are available without encountering any further steps, with the exception of the games room
  • The floors on the ground floor are mainly carpeted. The games room has wooden block flooring and the gents’ toilet has a tiled floor

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • The width of the downstairs hallway is 222cm. Leading off the main hallway are lounge, dining room, library, downstairs toilets and bar with access to the main staircase

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

  • In the main lounge there are various chairs, tables and settees. Seating for approximately 50 guests

Public WCs

  • There are both ladies and gents toilets on the ground floor, accessed without any steps
  • Ladies toilet is carpeted and the gents’ has a tiled floor
  • Further public bathrooms are available for those bedrooms that are not en-suite

Dining room & bar

  • The dining room is situated on the ground floor with level access
  • 7 round tables, each seating maximum of 8 guests
  • Tables have an under space of 70cm high by 137cm wide
  • All meals served are with waitress service
  • The carpeted bar area has chairs and circular tables

Laundry & boot room

  • Laundry facilities are available in the boot room, which is located in a separate building with level access
  • Washing machine & dryer are available in the boot room free of charge
  • Ample drying space
  • Tiled flooring

Games room

  • Evening entertainment frequently held in games room (4 slate steps to access, each step is 22cm high, 22cm deep and 110cm wide)
  • The games room is 14m wide and 5.5m long

Bedrooms

  • None of the rooms has been specifically designed for wheelchair users
  • In the main house all bedrooms are on the 1st floor. The main staircase has 24 steps, each step is 16cm high, 30cm deep and 112cm wide
  • In the annexe, cottages and Counting House there are bedrooms both on the ground floor and on the 1st floor
  • The rooms best suited for anyone with restricted mobility would be 24 and 25, situated in the Counting House

Room 24 & 25:

  • Access is via 4 slate steps with hand rails
  • Each step is 7cm high, 30cm deep and 130cm wide
  • Twin rooms with en-suite (shower). Standard height beds
  • The floor is carpeted
  • En-suite bathroom with shower

Grounds and gardens

  • Large level garden around the house. Mainly with lawns and flower beds. Shrubbery and wooded areas
  • 3 steps to access the main front lawn

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

Saturday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Sunday: Beautiful beginnings

Charming Monk Coniston, with its beautiful grounds and magnificent trees spreading down to Coniston Water are the subjects for the day. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their ability. Your tutor is on hand to solve the common problems of handling materials, perspective etc with an introduction to basic techniques. 

Monday: What makes a landscape?

We'll spend a morning at Tarn Hows with the most famous view of all the Lake District to see what makes this place so beautiful. Your tutor will give guidance on how to compose your own landscapes. In the afternoon we'll continue to Hawkeshead to see the architecture and tearooms that complement the scenery.

Tuesday:  The Heart of the Lake District 

Today we'll take a trip into the heart of the Lake District, a landscape renowned for its beauty of scale. We head for the classic view of the Langdale Pikes with a drive through the narrows of Little Langdale up into the heights by Blea Tarn. We then descend to Old Dungeon Ghyll set in the deepest and finest Lake District scenery with a stop at the most traditional of local hostelries. 

Wednesday: A free day for you to explore the local area independently or relax in the Country House.

Thursday: The Mirror of the Lake District

We'll start the day with a trip around Coniston Water, to a quiet spot on its shore, to paint this famous deep lake and its glorious setting. We complete the circuit with a visit to the attractions of Brantwood to seek out the garden vistas and the gallery echoing Ruskin’s inspirational views, along with the renowned home-made refreshments.  

Friday: Final touches

A day in and about Monk Coniston to finish off your pictures with hints on presentation, preservation and choice of framing materials from your leader. If you wish you can exhibit your work for the other guests to appreciate. 

Saturday: 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

  • Selection of pencils (2B and 4B)
  • Craft knife or Stanley knife
  • Putty (kneadable) rubber
  • Plastic bottle and water pot if using paints/watersoluble pencils
  • Roll of kitchen towel
  • Watercolour paints (tubes or pans), watercolour pencils, pastels and/ or acrylics according to your choice of medium. You can gradually build up your own selection of shades as you become more experienced, but suggested colours are: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Indigo.
  • Large well palette (as we had at school!)
  • 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 with all the sheets gummed together on all four edges. These pads are expensive but you will not need a board as you leave the paper on the pad whilst you paint.
  • We would also recommend an A4 sketchpad of cartridge paper for quick notes and roughs
  • And an A3 pad of cartridge paper for roughing out ideas
  • Brushes - The most expensive you can afford. Sizes 4, 8 and 12 round will be sufficient. Sable/synthetic mix are fine
  • Masking tape and masking fluid and a small piece of uncolored wax candle
  • An easel if you like to use one
  • Rucksack or shoulder bag for carrying all these materials
  • Wide-brimmed hat or a plastic eye shade to eliminate glare
  • 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, waterpoof clothing and a thin pair of stretchy gloves
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread
  • Plastic carrier bags for protection of your work and materials inside your bag.
  • Suncream!

Local area

Discover the Lake District

Monk Coniston is an imposing Gothic property leased from the National Trust and set in 8 acres of grounds, including a restored walled garden and the impressive arboretum. Some particularly impressive specimens, including a giant sequoia (the largest tree in the world) and the wollemi pine can be explored on the Monk Coniston Tree Trail.

Views from the property offer breathtaking glimpses of Coniston Water and the surrounding mountains.

Coniston village is about one mile away – there is a direct path from the house to the village. Here you’ll find a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and a Barclays Bank (open 3 times a week). A wider range of facilities is available in Ambleside, the nearest town, about 8 miles away. The Ruskin Museum is also well worth a visit - find out more about the lake's connections to Donald Campbell and Arthur Ramsome. www.ruskinmuseum.com

During your visit to Monk Coniston you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Steam yacht gondola on Coniston WaterSteam Yacht Gondola

First cruising Coniston Water 150 years ago, the restored gondola is now operated by the National Trust, stopping at the Monk Coniston jetty at the bottom of the meadow below the house before gliding across the lake, calling at Coniston village and Brantwood House. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola

 

Steam locomotive on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railwayRavenglass & Eskdale Railway
Ride ‘L’al Ratty’ a highly scenic narrow gauge railway which runs from the coast at Ravenglass along beautiful Eskdale. You could combine a visit with a walk over Muncaster Fell, or to Stanley Gill waterfall. www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk

 

Brantwood House

Just a couple of miles from Monk Coniston, John Ruskin's former home commands superb views over the lake. www.brantwood.org.uk

Tarn Hows
A short walk from the Country House, this man-made water was created by Monk Coniston’s resident owner, James Garth Marshall in 1865, as he continued to develop the estate and expand his pleasure grounds. He built a dam to flood the area, amalgamating several smaller tarns, before planting the shores and islands with new woodlands and specimen trees.

Grizedale Forest
Nearby Grizedale Forest is ideal for mountain biking and also has a popular sculpture trail.  You can also experience the Go Ape! high-ropes course – a great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale

Levens Hall with impressive topiary in the gardenLevens Hall
Visit this stately home, famous for its magnificent formal garden and topiary displays. www.levenshall.co.uk

 

 

 

Dove Cottage, home to William WordsworthGrasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Monk Coniston and is famous for its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. www.wordsworth.org.uk

 

 

Steamer on WindermereWindermere

Take a cruise along the length of Windermere - England's largest lake. Ferries connect Ambleside in the north to Bowness and Lakeside in the south, where you can connect with the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk, www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

 

 

 

Gondola image ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Travel

Travel to Conistonwater

Our address is: Monk Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AQ

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is at Windermere. 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).

 Pendolino train at speed

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 13 mile journey from Windermere railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £27. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Monk Coniston Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Windermere station you can catch the 505 bus direct to Monk Coniston - the bus stop is right outside our Country House. Journey time is around 50 minutes. For bus times see www.traveline.info

 

Driving to us

By car:

From Ambleside take the A593 signposted to Coniston. Turn sharp left over a narrow bridge, then after half a mile turn left onto the B5286, signposted to Hawkshead. About 3 miles along this road, and just before Hawkshead, turn right onto the B5285, signposted to Coniston. Follow this road over Hawkshead Hill. The road descends then goes around a 180° bend to the left. The entrance to Monk Coniston is on the left about 100yds after the bend.  There is car parking available within the grounds.

 

Leaders

Irene Sanderson

Irene is an artist whose work is based on observation and drawing. She uses a variety of media including watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastel as well as the techniques and methods of Chinese brush painting.

Chinese brush painting: Following the traditional approach to the art that she herself followed when studying in China and Japan, she will provide practical advice on the techniques and materials you need for Chinese brush painting. At the heart of her teaching is the encouragement of appreciation of Far Eastern art with group discussions as well as up-to-the-minute overviews of contemporary trends and sources.  

Landscape painting: At the heart of her teaching is the encouragement of art appreciation, which for this holiday will of course be centred on landscape painting, with group discussions as well as up-to-the-minute overviews of contemporary and international trends. Whitby is a favourite destination for her with its dramatic coastline and gothic townscape set in superb countryside with sea and moors, all excellent subject-matter for the landscape painter.

Pastels: This holiday will of be centred on painting in pastels, with group discussions as well as up-to-the-minute overviews of contemporary and international trends. .  

Reviews

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Four of my five holidays this year are with HF which indicates how highly I regard what you do and how you do it!

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This was a very enjoyable break in excellent company in a lovely house with a skilled and charming leader.
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Welcoming and generally well organised

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Actual tuition of Landscape painting as advertised for beginners and intermediary level did for me lack some tuition skills. Recognised problem by tutor but unable to rectify solutions.

Dates & Prices

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17 Jun 2017 CNPLA - Landscape Painting - Conistonwater 7 £889.00 £824.00 Special Early Booking offer - £65.00 off pp Book Now

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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