Landscape Painting in Exmoor

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Interests: Art Holidays

Find inspiration in the sweeping hills, wooded combes and glorious seascapes of Exmoor. 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

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

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags. Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: the best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1 or 4 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. For something equally relaxing, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate. Please note, the large heated outdoor pool will be out of service during the 2022 season in order to allow for extensive repairs.

Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

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. Food at Holnicote House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Holnicote House

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Getting to Holnicote House

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Essential Information

Below are suggestions but bring whatever materials you like to use, bearing in mind that you will have to carry them from the coach to the best viewpoints

  • a small sketchbook – good cartridge paper (e.g.150gm)
  • A water colour pad, minimum weight 300 gsm – eg. 12X9” or 14x10”
  • 2B & 4B pencils and a water soluble graphite pencil
  • craft blade for sharpening pencils
  • putty rubber
  • bulldog clips or large elastic bands for windy conditions
  • a waterproof sketching pen
  • blank slide mount or small cardboard mount for view finder (e.g. ½ postcard)
  • Optional – a set of Caran D’Ache Neocolour water-soluble pastels, or a set of water-soluble crayons (e.g.Derwent Inktense)
  • Optional – a water brush
  • Some watercolours, brushes and water pot or other lightweight materials you like to use
  • A small lightweight easel if you use one
  • A rucksack to carry the materials
  • A lightweight stool that you can easily carry
  • Protection against weather & insects – waterproofs, umbrella, sunblock & sunhat, insect repellent, long trousers & long sleeved shirt
  • A camera
  • Good shoes – preferably waterproof

If you are new to watercolours & need suggestions for colours to bring, the following is a good selection:

French Ultramarine                                              blue Prussian blue 
Cadmium Yellow                                                  Lemon yellow 
Cadmium red                                                      Alizarin crimson 
Viridian green                                                      Burnt umber 
Burnt sienna                                                       Raw sienna

You could either get half pans or tubes with a separate palette. If you're buying watercolour brushes a size 8 & 12 round would be a good start. And a watercolour pad (about A4, minimum 140lbs or 300gsm).

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