Iris painting, beautiful spring gardens and the best of La Creuzette

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Overview

This holiday focuses on our annual Iris painting course with the irises in full bloom this time of the year. In combination with the painting course, for guests who wish to not paint, we visit beautiful spring gardens in our area. Limoges, famous for fine porcelain, is also on the agenda. En route we pass through charming villages, visit a beguiling castle and enjoy the splendid countryside – where it feels as though time stood still.


Cost Breakdown

La Creuzette special interest programmes are carefully compiled to ensure that you have the ultimate, hassle-free luxury holiday experience. Our all-inclusive land arrangement means that everything aside from flights, Schengen visas and personal expenses are taken care of as follows:


  • €3 250 per person sharing
  • Train or road transfer from Paris to Boussac
  • Luxury full board accommodation at La Creuzette (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • Art materials and instructions
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transport to Chateauroux station and train back to Paris


A non-refundable deposit of €1 000 secures your booking with the balance due on or before your arrival at La Creuzette. A single supplement of €650 applies for single occupation. 


Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday, 10 May)

Train or road transfer from Paris to Château La Creuzette, your holiday residence in Boussac village. We stop for a delicious lunch at the famous l'Escalle truck-stop. You arrive at your holiday destination in time for tea, coffee and mignardises (typically French confectionaries). Take time to settle in, relax and explore the grounds. We meet in the dining room of the summerhouse at 19h30 for a glass of champagne followed by a four-course welcome dinner prepared by your hosts. 


Day 2 (Friday, 11 May)

Breakfast will be served at 09:00 in the main dining room. After breakfast, we travel to the non-conventional gardens of Drulon, known for their floral exuberance. The estate is known for the castle that forms the centre-piece. The oldest part dates back to the 15th century. We have a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant before we return to Boussac. Back at La Creuzette, the artists will meet Louis in the art studio at 15:00 for an introduction and overview of the week program, and begin with the first studio session. The rest of the group joins Hardy in the kitchen for a cookery demonstration. Later, the complete group meets for cocktails, followed by dinner.

Day 3 (Saturday, 12 May)

Breakfast will be served at 09:00. After breakfast, the artists will start their morning art session at 10:00. A full day will be spent in the studio: Morning session 10h00-13h00. Lunch in the garden. Afternoon session 14h30-17h30. After breakfast, Hardy and the rest of the group travel to the picturesque village of Apremont on the banks of the Allier River. Listed as one of the “most beautiful villages of France”, it is home to the romantic “French Folly” gardens. The park has rare trees, floral borders, a Chinese bridge and a Turkish pavilion that seems to float at the edge of a lake. We have lunch at a nearby Bistro with time afterward to amble through the village. We return to La Creuzette where we all (artists included) meet for cocktails. In the kitchen, our guest chef awaits to prepare a special dinner.


Day 4 (Sunday, 13 May)

Today the artists will have another full day of painting in the art studio and lunch will be enjoyed at La Creuzette. After breakfast, Hardy and the rest of the group take a short drive to the Notre Dame d’Orsan priory gardens. We spend the morning in these magical medieval gardens. Lunch will be enjoyed in the garden at their restaurant. After lunch, we return to Boussac where we visit the 11th-century Château de Boussac. This gothic castle (privately owned) is filled with an incredible collection of antiques and beautiful tapestries. We may have an opportunity to see the owners’ private apartments, which are not usually open to the general public. We explore the rest of the village (and it’s interesting history). Afterwards, we return to La Creuzette and later, as the sun sets, we enjoy cocktails and a French style barbeque.

Day 5 (Monday, 14 May)

After breakfast, the artists will have their last art session from 10:00-13:00. Lunch at La Creuzette. Late afternoon there is a feedback session and an exhibition of all the art produced during the week. After breakfast, Hardy and the rest of the group have an excursion to Limoges, the porcelain capital of France. We visit the porcelain museum, enjoy lunch, and then we stop at a wholesaler where affordable porcelain gifts are available. We return late afternoon when we all need to start thinking of packing the suitcases. Cocktails and our Farewell dinner follow.


Day 6 (Tuesday, 15 May)

After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Chateauroux from where the fast train to Paris departs.

Please note that this itinerary may be amended to accommodate suppliers, service providers and the weather.


Terms and Conditions apply

10 May 2018 - 15 May 2018

€ 3 250 per person sharing

  • Train or road transfer from Paris to Boussac
  • Luxury full board accommodation at La Creuzette (i.e. all meals with drinks, also at restaurants we visit)
  • Art materials and instructions
  • All excursions and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All cooking demonstrations and guest chefs
  • Transport to Chateauroux station and train back to Paris

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