Sketching & Painting in Gardens Holiday in Northumberland

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Duration: -1 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays

Come and sketch and paint the gardens of Northumberland. Gardens have been a great inspiration for many artists from Brueghal and Gainsborough to Monet and Patrick Heron. For this sketching and painting holiday, we are lucky to have many beautiful and varied gardens to visit and we will go to different gardens each day to sketch and paint. Your leader will guide you in choosing a composition and recreating the colours and shapes you see.

Holiday Highlights

  • Learn colour, composition and technique
  • See and explore Northumberland
  • Share inspiration and exchange ideas
  • Gain knowledge to continue painting at home

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
  • All gardens admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)
  • All transport to and from gardens on your holiday
  • Small groups of up to 15 guests

Trip Notes

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Nether Grange

Sitting pretty in the centre of the quiet harbour village of Alnmouth, Nether Grange stands in an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas. There are moving views of the dramatic North Sea coastline from the house too. This one-time 18th century granary was first converted into a large family home for the High Sheriff of Northumberland in the 19th century and then reimagined as a characterful hikers’ hotel. Many of the 36 bedrooms look out across the sea, while a large lounge, conservatory and adjoining bar are there to entertain you. Easily accessible from the house are the coast path while inland lies the Northumberland National Park. North are the Farne Islands and their spectacular seabird colonies and close by is Lindisfarne and its romantic castle accessible at low-tide via an ancient pilgrim’s path. Nearby too is the medieval market town of Alnwick and its eponymous castle, as well as the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a grassy peninsula to the south of Embbelton Bay. Best of all though is Bamburgh Castle, built to resemble a magnificent medieval fortress but actually an impressive Victorian folly.

 

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the house’s smartly presented rooms up an impressive sweeping staircase. Full of warm tones or coastal colours and comfy touches they’re a great base for exploring the area. With 36 bedrooms, Nether Grange has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from.

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the elevated terrace gardens with a cooling drink and a cracking sea view or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet or giant chess, backed by views of the beach and sea beyond. The spick and span sky-blue painted bar with its mismatched blue and stripy seats boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a selection of local beers and your favourite tipple. Settle in.

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 Nether Grange is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

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Getting to Nether Grange

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What to Bring

  • sketchbooks – good cartridge paper (e.g.150gm), A4 or 8” square and/or A5 or 6” square (spiral bound or hard back)
  • 2B & 4B pencils and a watersoluble graphite pencil
  • craft blade for sharpening pencils
  • putty rubber
  • bulldog clips or large elastic bands
  • a sketching pen
  • blank slide mount or small cardboard mount for view finder (e.g. postcard or smaller)
  • 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 if you want to paint, or other lightweight materials you like to use
  • A rucksack to carry the materials
  • A foam seat pad or 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

We will be walking around the gardens so try to keep it simple!

If you would like to try 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), or a sketchbook with thick paper.  Your art leader is happy to discuss any of the above if you need more information.

Lightweight wooden A3 painting boards are available at the country house for guest loan.

 

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Duration:
-1 nights
Interests:
Art & Craft Holidays

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