Sketching with Wine and Watercolour

02/04/2020 @ 16:00:06/04/2020 @ 10:00

100€ – 495€

The Corbières is Languedoc’s largest AOC wine producing area and during this short holiday you’ll see it just as everything is starting to bloom. This short 4 night break is perfect if you’d like to enjoy a fun few days with a sketchbook getting a true taste of life in southern France! 🍷 You’ll learn the essentials of sketching quickly on location and how to add watercolour to bring your sketchbook to life.

Ideal for: A weekend away with the girls, Art Groups, Relaxation, Wine-tasting, Photography​​​​

Non-sketchers are welcome too – why not bring your partner to enjoy their own relaxing retreat whilst you develop your sketching skills?

Where to stay:
Maison de la Roche is in the heart of a rural village in the Corbieres. Owned and managed by Honor Marks, Maison de la Roche is close to all amenities in the glorious South of France. The accommodation on offer comprises 3 luxury self-catering holiday apartments, a private garden and swimming pool.

Each first floor apartment is spacious, stylish and very well equipped to sleep 4 with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom: ideal for a group of friends or a couple to enjoy a relaxing break in a beautiful setting. Laundry facilities are available, and hairdryers are provided.

Within walking distance there is a fabulous boulangerie, a grocery store, hairdresser, doctors, post office, newsagent, and lovely restaurant and a buzzing Tapas Bar.

From the village there are numerous scenic walks making it an ideal base for anyone with an interest in walking, history and photography.

Suggested Itinerary:
Each sketch day will start in the morning before stopping at one of our favourite local bistros for lunch. Time later in the afternoon is yours – so whether you want to carry on sketching or take a wine-tasting trip along the Canal du Midi, the opportunities are endless. Your hostess Honor is a font of local knowledge so don’t hesitate to ask if there is somewhere you’d like to visit.

Optional extras:

  • wine tasting and tapas nights
  • Canal du Midi cruise
  • a photography workshop
  • beauty treatments
  • a guided tour of Carcassonne

Transport recommendations:
Fly to local airports Carcassonne, Beziers, Perpignan or Toulouse
We suggest you hire a car but airport pick-up can be arranged if necessary.

Closest railway station: Lézignan-Corbières

What to bring:
Sketchbook, Portable sketching stool, Basic watercolour travel set, Watercolour brush, HB/B/2B pencil, eraser, sharpener.  A detailed materials list will be sent with booking confirmation or by request. Simply email annette@sketchingfrance.com for full details.  If you need to use a sketch kit on loan, this can also be arranged.

Additional notes:
There will be some walking up and down hills and steps, so please wear comfortable footwear and bring a waterproof in the event of inclement weather.

Include 4 nights accommodation and 3 half-day sketching workshops. Any meals including breakfast can be provided by arrangement.

2 sketchers sharing 1 gite: 495€ per person (No additional charge for non sketching partners!)
4 sketchers sharing 1 gite: 360€ per person

A 100€ deposit per person is payable to confirm your booking.
Balance payment due by bank transfer 4 weeks before the holiday.

If you would like more information about the apartments before booking – please email your hostess honor@maisondelaroche.com

Wine ​tasting

Taste your way around the major 'Appellations' of the Languedoc-Roussillon.

This region of Southern France produces the most diverse range of wines than any other region.

If you would like to learn more about the grape varieties and these delicious wines (whether you are a total beginner or more advanced) we can organize private tastings coupled with a selection of carefully paired tapas to compliment the flavours from the comfort of your holiday home.

Wine tours

Whilst in this delightful wine region, why not take a tour of a local vineyard, learn more about the local 'terroir' and visit a local 'cave' to see the processes of the wine's journey from grape to glass. Put your new found knowledge to test with a local vigneron, and enjoy a light lunch or even picnic of locally produced charcuteries and cheeses. You will be collected from your gite and taken on one of the several tours to choose from. Please contact us for more details.

For more information of tours available including our popular Family days please visit their website here...