🤞🏼 It just might work.
You guys get first dibs.
We booked the rooms and made plans just in case.
Sunday, June 13 - Monday, June 21, 2021
Winchcombe, Cheltenham, England
$2900 for Artist
$2500 for plus-ones (limited spots)
(10 minimum - 14 max)
Andy and I hiked the Cotswolds last year for our 25th wedding anniversary. That trip inspired this group excursion. The big change will be that you only need to be prepared to walk up to two miles total on any given day. (Though some of you may choose to take advantage of the circular walks around Winchcombe too!)
Join me for a week-long plein air workshop and travel experience, painting in the picturesque Cotswolds area of England. This 7 day, 8 night adventure features not only detailed instruction and demonstrations but also area excursions, including time to paint and sketch on your own.
Our group will be staying in cottages located on the grounds of Sudeley Castle, a historic and captivating property with lovely gardens and points of interest. The itinerary for the week is designed to keep you connected with the local scene while branching out to a few noteworthy places.
While this event is designed for artists, there is room for some non-painting spouses or travel partners to join in. Plus-ones are encouraged to join us for group tour days and the private garden day. Additionally, they can join Andy on walking/hiking excursions that start right from the front door of our lovely cottages. Winchcomb is situated along the picturesque Cotswold Way and Winchcomb Way with a variety of circular walks of varying levels of length and difficulty to choose from. Artists who are early risers can enjoy our location and get in some exercise before breakfast (making those morning pastry options extra enjoyable).
So put on your walking shoes, grab your kit ,and prepare to be inspired!
Emma Dent Cottage - Morning round-up and group breakfast hosted here daily.
Double, twin, and single rooms are available. All our charming, historic cottages are close to one another, equipped with WIFI, and just steps from Sudeley Castle￼. These 2-3 bedroom cottages are multi-level with a shared bathroom, modest kitchen, living, and dining quarters along with lovely outdoor space to enjoy the fresh English country air. We will stock your kitchen with snacks and beverages for your convenience.
You will have three full days to tour, watch demos, sketch and paint around Sudeley Castle. Lunch will be on location each day to maximize our time at this historic and inspiring location.
National Garden Scheme Day
I am working with the National Garden Scheme organizers in the UK to have special access to private gardens in Winchcombe. They are looking as forward to us coming as we are enthusiastic about being there!
Views along the Cotswold Way.
Andy hiking in 2019. Painters will have a scheduled day to paint the countryside.
I have one more day to fully flesh out - this day will involve transportation to nearby towns, and I've got some big ideas! I'll discuss these options with our group once we get our full complement of artists.
Pre-Zoom meet-up with all participants to discuss the trip and packing strategies
Ground transportation from Heathrow to Winchcombe￼￼ and return
Eight nights accommodation
Daily continental breakfast
Three dinners (we've factored in free time for ya)
Castle tour fees
Private garden access
All tips for group events
What is NOT included:
Portable plein air art supplies - paints, brushes, canvas, sketch pad, easel￼￼ etc
Some things you all want to be sure to pack:
Sturdy walking shoes￼￼￼
￼￼Hat and sunscreen
Suzie! This is AWESOME you say - How do I sign up?
The way I'm going to work it, is this:
If you know that you would like to join in on this trip, email me and I will add you to the list before I email it out to my past students. (in two weeks)
You guys get first dibs!
A $500 deposit will be required to secure your spot.
The remainder won't be due until January 13, 2021.
I'm hoping this gives the world time to better predict summer travel. 😬
If the trip can't happen due to COVID travel restrictions, all money will be refunded and I'll try again in 2022.
I know this isn't the usual way of doing things but hey, what's usual these days.
Feel free to call me with any questions.