Landscape Painting Holiday in the South Downs

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £500pp £450pp

Using the inspirational landscapes that surround each of our country houses for inspiration, you’ll set out each day to practice capturing them on canvas, walking up to two miles carrying your equipment. Our expert art leader will give you guidance to help advance your work.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance of expert tutors
  • Full days to practice on beautiful surroundings
  • Small group sizes of 15 people or 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 lightweight wooden A3 art boards
  • All transport to and from painting locations on your holiday

Trip Notes

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You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (Best 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.


On Wednesday you will visit Arundel Town to paint the inspirational landscape. The most dominant feature is of course Arundel Castle which can be viewed from many angles and from close up and afar. The Arundel River weaves its way through the town and can be a nice feature to include with its colourful boats and the surrounding rural landscape. Arundel also has an impressive cathedral as well as a large park which offers elevated views to the tree-lined valley below.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Abingworth Hall

Tucked away in the village of Thakeham at the foot of the South Downs, Abingworth Hall has stood in one form another since the 13th century. Gutted by fire, it was rebuilt in 1910 in its current distinctive style. As well as 27 ensuite rooms the house has all the ingredients you need for the perfect country house stay: three comfortable lounges with squishy sofas to kick back in, the largest of which opens onto an attractive conservatory and bar in which to dally, great food and super-comfy rooms to retire to. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking here; go for a lazy amble around the wildlife rich chalk Downlands to discover a colourful tapestry of historic villages, thatched cottages, pastoral landscapes and vibrant market towns. Highlights of your stay might include the Seven Sisters, the Glorious Goodwood estate, the Devil’s Dyke and Chantonbury Ring, as well as Arundel and the National Trust property at Petworth. Take your pick.

 

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 one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, which make use of every nook-and-cranny in the interesting architecture of this characterful house. With 27 bedrooms, Abingworth Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Clean and bright, with accent colours to offset the simple palette, the rooms are airy and light. Better Rooms might have a feature wall or strong print wallpaper as well as pretty tiles in the ensuite bathroom.

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 £15-25 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, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day strolling on the South Downs, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax in the large gardens and sit by the pretty pond, turn your hand to croquet or practice on the putting green. Ease through a couple of lengths of the heated outdoor pool if you’ve still got energy to burn. Hole up in the light-filled conservatory with pretty views of the gardens or retire to the Drawing Room with its wood-panelled walls, log burner, library of books to browse and comfy seats to sink in to; there’s a telescope for you to scour the night sky too. In the evening, take your seat in the bar or join fellow guests in the large ballroom for the evening activity.

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 Abingworth Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room, which has a giant brick fireplace at its heart, hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local Sussex flavours. Look out for the Sussex Churdle, a traditional, meaty ploughboy lunch, local Chiddingly beef cooked with black olives and Sussex smokies, smoked haddock served in a prawn sauce. Cap it all with a Sussex Pond Pudding, a pud that’s part of the honourable tradition of British dishes with names to pique the interest more than the appetite, which is actually bright and zingy, suety and syrupy all at the same time

Accessibility

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

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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
  • 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 - Watercolour paper (“NOT” or rough surface) that’s 140lbs or heavier. Size: bigger than A4 preferably on a block or separate sheets or in a pad. Guests should bring their own suitable paper to work on. 
  • 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
  • Wide-brimmed hat or a plastic eye shade will eliminate glare and improve your comfort
  • 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

*A3 Drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House

Hilary Ganly

Hilary lived in Africa, Asia and the Middle East for over 30 years, and now lives in East Sussex, always painting and teaching. On returning to the UK she went back to college in Hasting where she gained honours in her qualifications.  She is a regular exhibiting artist and has had shown her work in all of the countries she has lived. She enjoys teaching beginners as well as the more experienced. Hilary tutors privately and runs workshops in water colour, acrylics and oil. All subjects are interesting to her including installations, mixed media and collage.  A positive person who enjoys what she does and will do her best to make the HF Holidays’ painting experience as enjoyable as possible.

Excellent tuition.  Lots of good ideas for composition and new techniques demonstrated.  Very encouraging and brought out each persons strength.

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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
29 Mar - 02 Apr
4 Art £500 £450 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

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