Landscape Painting in Exmoor
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Hills & moorland
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.
- Visit inspirational vistas of Exmoor
- 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 our Country Houses
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
As a historic National Trust property, Holnicote House is full of charm and character. Located on the extensive Holnicote Estate, at the foot of Exmoor, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.
Holnicote House has 32 newly refurbished bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the thatched cottages, called Butlers and Guns, in the grounds.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single room are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Two lounges
• Dining rooms
|• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September
|• Croquet lawn|
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Arrival day Friday:
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.
Saturday: Around Selworthy
Today will be spent at Holnicote House and around its grounds. We will study good composition, working methods and process for creating successful paintings. There will be sketching and painting exercises and tips for leading the viewer through your painting.
Today we visit the pretty village of Dunster for our inspiration. Where we explore the use of a viewfinder in the landscape to aid quick composition and a good depth of field to aid the painting process.
Monday: a free day to relax at Holnicote House or to explore the lovely local area independently
Tuesday: Porlock Weir
Situated on the coast, this quaint tiny harbour will be our subject to focus on, creating a strong centre of interest - including ways to simplify in order to create more impact in your art.
Wednesday: Selworthy village
We begin the day with a studio session on colour mixing, colour harmonies and working with complementary colours to give your painting a fresh lively feel. We explore various texture techniques before taking a gentle walk to Selworthy village, a very picturesque hamlet of thatched cottages where we will sketch and paint.
Today we visit the small harbour town of Watchet where we will bring all the painting considerations of our week together.
Friday: depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
Pencils and sketching materials
Sketchbook and bulldog clips to hold pages down.
Masking fluid (optional)
Large well palette for Watercolour , for Acrylics a stay wet palette or tear off palette.
Small piece of wax,
Small amount of salt.
Drawing board and easel - if you use them.
Masking tape and gumstrip
Winsor yellow or transparent yellow. Alizarin Crimson Phthalo blue (green shade)
Ultramarine blue Burnt Sienna Raw sienna
Or a set of pan/tubes of watercolour paints,
140lb watercolour paper, Not or Rough size A4 or larger.
Bring good quality brushes either synthetic or sable/synthetic blend eg. Cotaman, Proart, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney.
Include a 4 - 6, 10 - 12 round. ½ - 1 inch flat and a mop or wash brush.
- 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
During your stay at Holnicote House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Selworthy:
Less than a mile from Holnicote House is Selworthy village. At first glance the thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area. However, Selworthy is not as old as it looks, having been rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland. Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village.
West Somerset Railway
Travel on Britain’s longest steam railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydyard. Now lovingly restored by volunteers, the line recreates a classic Great Western Railway branch line with steam trains operating daily from April to October. Minehead station is 10 minutes' drive from Selworthy, or can be reached on the number 300 bus. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
An historic castle transformed into a comfortable stately home for the Luttrell family. Some highlights include the 'modern' 1950s kitchen and the snooker room. Dunster Castle sits in extensive gardens, complete with its working watermill. The adjacent town of Dunster is full of character and also well worth a visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle
Lynton & Lynmouth
The quaint Victorian town of Lynton sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and Lynmouth harbour. The two settlements are connected by the historic cliff railway. The short walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks is highly recommended.
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and his wife Sara lived in the village of Nether Stowey, about 45 minutes' drive from Selworthy, from 1796 to 1799. In 1909 it was acquired by the National Trust, and later restored and opened to the public. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridge-cottage
Hestercombe Gardens, around an hour's drive away near Taunton, were constructed in three periods - a landscape garden from the 1750s, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery from the 1870s, and Edwardian gardens of 1904-1908 designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. www.hestercombe.com
Arlington Court, about an hour's drive away near Barnstaple is a fine Regency house set in an extensive estate. The grounds include a formal Victorian garden whilst the stables house the National Trust’s carriage collection of over fifty horse-drawn vehicles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court
Travel to Selworthy
Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ
The nearest railway station is at Taunton. 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).
The 29 mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 50 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £57 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.
The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 4½ mile journey will cost you approx £10 from our recommended taxi provider. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.
Travelling from Overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Taunton. Its a relatively straightforward journey - allow 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Taunton you can travel on to Selworthy by bus or taxi (see above).
Linda has painted all her life and is a professional artist well known for her lively enjoyable and encouraging painting holidays and workshops. Being a painting demonstrator for a leading art materials company she has a good knowledge of the ‘right tools for the Job’ and excellent understanding of colour mixing. Linda does not show you how to paint like her. Instead she encourages you to paint how you wish to paint by providing painting demonstrations and techniques to suit your needs.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person