Sketching & Painting in Gardens at Selworthy

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Outdoors
  • Rural peace
From £925.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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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. In some gardens there will be opportunities to paint reflections of the lakes.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Holiday highlights

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

Price includes

  • 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
  • Admissions to advertised gardens
  • All transport to and from gardens on your holiday
  • Small groups of up to 15 guests

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Holnicote House in Selworthy

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

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single room are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Two lounges 
• Dining rooms 
• Bar 
• Ballroom
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms 
• Range of board games and books
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (open May to September
• Croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Selworthy evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Selworthy accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. 

Other days

After a hearty breakfast, we'll head out to a variety of gardens where we can sketch and paint the lovely vistas they offer. We'll have a tasty picnic lunch together, so we can spend as much time as possible doing what we love best, creating personal works of art using the wonderful colours and shapes that greet us. These holidays involve some walking on rough terrain, hills and steps carrying your equipment, up to a distance of 4 miles (6.5km). 

Hestercombe

This is a famous Edwardian garden designed by Lutyens and Jekyll along with lakes, temples and woodland walks designed in the 1750s by the owner, himself an amateur artist. We‘ll start our day with a discussion on approaches to sketching and ways of achieving good compositions. 

Ford Abbey and Barrington Court

These two gardens offer a variety of subjects from historic buildings to colourful flowers and water features. We’ll spend around two hours in each garden and we’ll be given advice on making quick sketches to maximise the time. 

RHS Garden at Rosemoor

Rosemoor was bequeathed to the RHS in 1988 and has developed into a combination of formal and informal gardens with some exotic plants and a beautiful lake – plenty of colour for inspiration and a chance to sketch or paint waterlilies.

Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Knightshayes

There’s plenty to inspire us at this beautiful National Trust property, with its formal gardens, sculpted hedges and a water lily pond – plus those wide views of the surrounding hills. There is also a walled kitchen garden and a picturesque stable block. We’ll spend the day here and be encouraged to try a few different subjects if we’d like to.

Marwood Hill and Castle Hill Gardens

Our last two gardens, both very different! After a scenic drive along the north Devon coast we spend the morning at Marwood Hill – lovely gardens created in a lush Devon valley in the 1950s. There are lakes, formal gardens and views across the valley. Castle Hill is a vast stately home set on the hillside with great views, a castle, a stream and a millennium garden. This will be a short visit but just time for a few more sketches before we head back to Selworthy. Later this evening we can create an informal exhibition of our work for everyone to enjoy if we’d like to.

Departure Day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

 

 

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.

Local area

Discover Exmoor

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:

Thatched cottage in Selworthy villageSelworthy Village
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. 

Green steam locomotive on West Somerset RailwayWest 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

 

Dunster Castle and its surrounding parklandDunster Castle

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.

Coleridge Cottage
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
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

Exterior of Arlington Court National Trust houseArlington Court
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

Travel to Selworthy

Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

Bus

By bus:

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

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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).

Leaders

Helen Halliday

Helen is an experienced artist and tutor whose enthusiasm for her subject is infectious; her patient and encouraging way of teaching gives every student the chance to progress without feeling inhibited, whatever their standard. She studied painting with professional artists in the UK and USA, gained a BA Hons in Fine Art at Hertfordshire University and a post-graduate diploma in printmaking. She appeared on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and has worked with the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. She has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions in London and the South-East and also a touring exhibition in Scandinavia. She has achieved awards in several national art competitions and has work in both public and private collections.

 

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14 Jul 2018 SLPSG - Sketching & Painting in Gardens - Selworthy 7 £995.00 £925.00 Save £70 off pp Book Now

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