Pen & Wash Holiday in the South Downs

green watercolor painting on paper with paint palette and paintbrushes
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £499pp £439pp

Discover how to use waterproof pen and watercolour wash to create expressive and loose sketches of landscapes and architecture. This medium can seem a little daunting at first but under the guidance of our expert Art Leader, you will soon understand the different techniques involved and the materials to use. Interactive exercises will give you a step-by-step introduction to how best to use a pen as a drawing tool and how liquid inks can be used to create different effects. Using photographs, the tutor will cover a range of subjects to give you the chance to practice drawing trees, buildings, landscapes, still life and more. There will be an informal exhibition on the last evening.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the combination of pen and water on this creative holiday
  • Learn and develop with the guidance of your HF Holidays Tutor
  • Practise in small group sizes of 15 people or fewer
  • Build your confidence in using a variety of techniques

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 wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for best and better rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday on the first evening.


Our knowledgeable art leader will introduce us to our holiday and demonstrate the materials we’ll be using. Interactive exercises give us experience of effectively using our pen as a drawing tool and some varied technique combinations. Liquid inks are also used for a dramatic combination. An exciting first day of producing varied images!


We’re now shown how to gateway into different subject matter - buildings, landscapes, still life and more. A very versatile technique we see today in our varied activities: by using colours, shades and pen marks, a new dimension of textures, structure and light effects comes alive!


As we progress with further subject matter today, our individual pictures are developing before our eyes. This evening we can create a fun informal mini exhibition of our artwork for everyone to enjoy.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.


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

• A3 Watercolour pad cold-press 300gms
• A4 cartridge pad
• 2 pencils 2B and HB
• 2/3 drawing pens (both black, or one black, one sepia) fine .01 or .02 and one medium .05 or .08) – choose a waterproof type. Pilot are good as are many other makes
• 3 watercolour paints: lemon yellow, magenta or cadmium red, cobalt or French ultramarine blue
• 2 Watercolour brushes: one round size 8, 10 or 12, optional one small 4 detail brush
• One bottle of liquid ink (Windsor and Newton or similar) in any colour sepia, blue etc.
• Masking tape
• Water pot/plastic cup
•Black Liquid Ink
•Flat one-inch brush


Lightweight wooden A3 painting boards are available for guest loan at 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
08 Feb - 12 Feb
4 Art £499 £439 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

4 nights from £499pp £439pp

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