Come along on a creative and gastronomic journey in the fabulous South of France. Lead by Annette Morris and Anne de Ravel, this 6-night holiday combines sketching workshops, cookery, food and wine-tasting, the perfect getaway for singles or couples.
Dates: April 22-28, 2018 and October 14–20, 2018
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.
The Sketching for Foodies program gives you the opportunity to sketch scenes of this colourful region while discovering the very best Languedoc has to offer. From your base in a comfortable and charming B&B in Quarante, we will travel through some of the most picturesque spots from the Mediterranean coast to the breathtaking Haut Cantons, and discover the rich cultural history of the area. We will meet artisan producers and winemakers, sample the rustic traditional charcuterie and enjoy comparative tastings of regional olive oils made from the indigenous varieties. You’ll lunch at many venues favored by the locals. Along the way, you will become skillful sketcher, an astute wine connoisseur and get first-hand knowledge of the region’s cuisine through hands-on cooking classes and demos.
Sketching: ErinHill Sketching is a system that shows you how to capture a moment in time, your impression, your way. Step-by-step you'll be guided through the fun process of learning how to really 'see'. A photo takes less than a second, but the few minutes you spend observing details and bringing your sketch to life will create a memory that lasts for years.
Travelling light; ErinHill Sketching uses a carefully designed kit ideal for travel sketching. Carrying just a few lightweight items you can sketch anywhere at any time. You will need your own sketchbook, and all materials will be available on arrival, unless you already have your own. For a list of the items in the kit, please see http://erinhill.fr/sketch-workshops/sketch-kit
Sample Itinerary: (subject to change according to the season and weather)
Sunday - arrival day – Settle in at the Maison Quarante. Welcome drinks and dinner where you’ll meet Annette who will give you the keys/ introductions to sketching in Languedoc
Monday - Travel with Annette for your first sketching session. 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.
Tuesday - A very special chance to sketch in and around the grounds of a privately owned olive mill and art gallery outside Béziers. Lunch at a local restaurant (non-sketchers are welcome to join) before returning to La Maison de 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.
Wednesday – 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.
Thursday - Visit to one of the region’s finest indoor markets, the bustling Narbonne’s halles. Lunch at a restaurant featuring local seasonal produce (non-sketchers are welcome to join) before returning to La Maison de 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.
Friday –Sketching along the piers of Port La-Nouvelle, a fishing village trip to coast. Lunch in town (non-sketchers are welcome to join). The afternoon will be free to spend as you wish before the evening cooking class and dinner.
Saturday - departure
Your instructor: Annette Morris
Annette has lived in Languedoc since 1998 and passionate to share her enthusiasm for the area. She has trained and worked extensively with Erin and 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.
- € 1450 per person (double occupancy)
- € 1600 per person (single 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
- Four (4) 3-hour sketching workshops in different locations
- Six (6) nights' accommodation with breakfast.
- All tasting
- Two (2) hands-on cooking classes
- Six (6) dinners with wine
- 1 picnic lunch
- One (1) wine tasting with an expert
- Lunch and refreshment during sketching sessions
Booking and Travel Detail
Phone: +33 6 59 99 78 69
Booking available until April 10th for the April 22-28 session.
For the 14-20 October session, a 25% deposit will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 40 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 stations: Narbonne or Béziers