News & Availability


Contact  for interest for 30th May – 6th June 2020

(1 Double en-suite and 1 Twin Room still available)

 Saturday 1st – Saturday 8th June 2019  (Fully Booked)

Saturday 21st – 28th September 2019 (Fully Booked)


Italy by Watercolour

Join us on our next magnificent trip to glorious Umbria, staying in the enchanting Italian hideaway Chiesa del carmine.
You will enjoy 5* luxury for 7 nights, we will take you to hilltop towns and villages by luxury coach, make pizzas, wine tasting and more…….
Non painters are more than welcome and can join in with everything from above to walking, swimming in the pool or golf.
Painters from absolute beginners to advanced will have specialist teaching from professional artist Alan Reed from Newcastle.
Evenings are convivial gatherings, with pre-dinner drinks taken on the terrace, followed by a delicious gourmet Italian evening meal lovingly prepared by our own Italian chefs.
Contact us on  +44 (0) 1661 871 800

NEXT DINNER DATE – TBA 2020 for our guests who are joining us on our next Painting Holiday on 30th May 2020 

September Guests – Date to be confirmed.

Once again we’re planning a fabulous menu for our holiday guests who are coming with us on our Painting Holiday in June this year.  I’m hoping everyone can join us for a great night of Italian cuisine, wine and lots of laughter as we all get to know each other before Take Off!!

June 11th 2017

This years painting holiday in Italy was the best ever! The wine tasting was fun, as was the truck ride around the vineyard. We loved the trip to Todi, Assisi was spectacular and Cortona a real treat.

July 6th 2017

Watercolours….and Wine!

Another brilliant review from one of our valued guests, who will be joining us again next year!

This was our first Watercolour Painting Holiday, but not our first wine-tasting! This time, however, it was a very different experience. The invitation to accept this late addition to our itinerary for the week was inspired. What a wonderful way to begin the week after an easy day’s travelling. Instantly, Chiesa del Carmine became more than an exquisite place to stay. The wine-tasting experience, delivered on the terrace by a well-informed Isabella, transformed the venue into a living, organic establishment where the surrounding vines and olive groves were testament to produce of the highest quality. It felt as though we were enjoying a most intimate insight into the workings of a vineyard. Isabella made it so interesting and entertaining. She was charming and welcoming, keen to answer questions, and informed in her knowledge of the intricacies of the wines we tasted. A light buffet of Italian cheeses and meats complemented the occasion, and this was one which we would happily repeat should we be privileged to visit Chiesa de Carmine a second time.


We have just returned from our 2nd Painting Holiday of 2016. This year we did 2 weeks, one in May and one in June. Once again, it was a huge success with our guests, many of whom have now been on 3 painting holidays with us.

We were very fortunate with the weather and enjoyed sketching some of the nearby hill top towns and villages like Corciano, Anghiari, Montone and Arezzo.

A watercolour sketch by Alan in the hilltop town of Anghiari.

The guests are equally as happy to paint the interior of Chiesa del Carmine and its delightful gardens, full of olive trees, fragrant bushes and very paintable terracotta pots.

Pots in the villa

Our guests have been very enthusiastic about the whole experience which has been nicely summed up with this testimonial.

Dearest Susan and Alan

Where to start! Well, what a wonderful experience. Heather and I really did not want to leave. Not only because of the beautiful setting and sheer luxury combined with being pampered and being served exquisite food along with the days visiting beautiful places. But most all, and the icing on the cake, was being able to be there with you. A time to share, reflect and be thankful for all that we have. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for memories made possible and which will remain for some time to come. Much love and blessing.

Bob and Heather. Xxxx

The dates for our Painting Holiday at Chiesa del Carmine in 2017 are already in the diary and once again the spaces are already filling.

1st June 2016

On Saturday 4th June we will find ourselves jetting out to Italy for a fantastic holiday with our guests. It will be a week of gastronomic delights created by our own chef, expert painting tuition with Alan, and of course breathtaking views in the heart of the Umbrian countryside. We’re looking forward to daytime excursions to picturesque hilltop towns and villages, in addition to glasses of prosecco around the pool!

We always enjoy practicing our Italian too while we are out there – especially through haggling in the markets! I can already smell the fragrant local cheeses and truffles. Alan himself is definitely full of anticipation for the beautiful scenery and landscapes that he will capture in his sketchbook.

Ciao, a presto!  Susan & Alan

A lovely story of how our friends in the Valenzino Valley started their own journey under the Umbrian sun. Chrissie and David are our special  hosts on our Painting / Golf / Holidays in Italy.

They live just 5 minutes from where we spend our holidays at Chiesa del Carmine and we love to visit them and their family with our guests including a tour of the alpacas. Guests can have the opportunity to paint the stunning views from their delightful cottages at Casa San Gabriel.


Invitations have now been sent out and planning the menu’s are well under way for Italian cuisine. Our May holiday dinner was fabulous, we had lovely food and everyone was excited as we made arrangements for our forthcoming trip.

Our next pre holiday dinner is planned for Saturday 23rd April, so I’m planning some lovely surprises and lots of Italian delicacies. We will begin with salted caramel vodka & prosecco cocktails!!

February 2016


We warmly invite all who might be interested in discovering more about our fabulous painting holidays in Italy to visit us for a coffee and a chat. Otherwise contact us on +44 (0) 1661 820 626 or email















2 thoughts on “News & Availability

  1. Hi, wondering if you are still doing art holidays. I will be in Tuscany for a wedding June 9 – 13 and my partner and I would like to do a 5-7 day art holiday in the area either before or after the wedding.
    I look forward to hearing from you.


    1. Hello Leslie

      Thank you fir your enquiry.
      Unfortunately we haven’t any plans in place at the moment due to Covid. I feel travel is so uncertain as are other restrictions that the painting holidays are on hold until everything is much more settled.
      Any future plans would be announced in our newsletter. You may wish to sign up or perhaps you’re already receiving it.

      Very best wishes

      Susan & Alan


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