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A creative and gastronomic journey in the fabulous South of France. Lead by Annette Morris and Anne de Ravel, this holiday is a treat for the senses combining sketching workshops, cookery, food and wine-tasting, the perfect getaway for singles or couples.
Languedoc is France’s best kept secret. An area surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see, fabulous historic cities, beautiful Mediterranean beaches, stunning mountain trails and, of course, the world-famous Canal du Midi. Sketching inspiration is around every corner.
From your base in a comfortable and charming B&B in Quarante, we will travel through some of the most picturesque spots and discover the rich cultural history of the area. We will meet artisan producers and sample the rustic traditional charcuterie. You’ll lunch at many venues favored by the locals. Along the way, you will become skillful sketcher and get first-hand knowledge of the region’s cuisine and wines.
Learn how to capture a moment in time in your sketchbook, your impression, your way. Step-by-step you’ll be guided through a fun process of planning your pages, working with text, colour and different materials. Sketch and cook your recipes to create memories that will last a lifetime!
Sample Itinerary: (Stay from 3-6 nights)
Arrival day – Settle in at the Maison Quarante. Welcome drinks and dinner where you’ll meet Annette and your hostess Annika to discuss sketch kits and plans for the week.
Friday – Your first morning will be in Quarante exploring the essential ingredients for sketching. Lunch at a local restaurant (non-sketchers are welcome to join) before returning to La Maison de Quarante. You will have time to relax in the afternoon before a wine tasting lead by an expert. Dinner will follow.
Saturday – Annette’s sketching excursion will take you to one of the region’s finest indoor markets, the bustling Béziers halles. Lunch at a local bistro before returning to Quarante. The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening aperitif and dinner. Note: sketchers are welcome into the kitchen during the preparation of the meal to sketch ingredients, cooking gestures, etc.
Sunday – Take a break from sketching and meet a winemaker. After a guided tour of the vineyard, you will enjoy a comprehensive wine tasting followed by a picnic lunch (non-sketchers are welcome to join) at the vineyard. The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening cooking class and dinner.
Monday – Sketching today will be near the Canal du Midi looking at storytelling through sketching and a light lunch at a local café. The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish. Evening aperitif and dinner. Note: sketchers are welcome into the kitchen during the preparation of the meal to sketch ingredients, cooking gestures, etc.
Tuesday – A trip to the Oulibo will invite you to discover olives and all things local. Sketch a view of a local chateau whilst en route! Lunch at a local bistro before returning to La Maison de Quarante. The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the final cooking class and celebration dinner.
Departure day – Au revoir breakfast
Your instructor: Annette Morris
British artist Annette has lived in Languedoc since 2008 and passionate to share her enthusiasm for the area. She is a committed Urban Sketcher and experienced tutor so will always see that everybody is working at their own pace and ability.
Maison de Quarante B&B
Maison Quarante is peacefully situated at the end of the 'Grand Rue' in the heart of the hilltop village. This magnificent house was built in 1805, and has been carefully renovated with all modern facilities yet without losing its charm. The rooms are centrally heated, comfortably furnished with en-suite bathrooms and have views of the village or the large garden and its pool, and the rolling landscape or the vineyards beyond. http://www.maisonquarante.com/
Group size: A minimum of 3 participants is required to run this tour and is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
Prices (exclude transport, morning refreshments and lunch):
Thursday – Sunday (3 nights) 495€ per person (single occupancy)
Thursday – Monday (4 nights) 680€ per person (single occupancy)
Thursday – Wednesday (6 nights) 1600€ per person (single occupancy)
Thursday – Wednesday (6 nights) 1450 per person (double occupancy)
Non participating guests in sketching and cooking classes: € 450
Walking up to 2km per day may be necessary so some level of fitness is necessary
Booking and Travel Details
To make a reservation or for any inquiries, please contact Anne de Ravel at email@example.com
Phone: +33 6 59 99 78 69
A 25% deposit will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 20 days before your arrival date. If the balance remains unpaid at that time, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled and retain the deposit paid.
Closest Airports: Béziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Perpignan, Toulouse
Closest train station: Beziers or Narbonne