Creative Holidays in Dordogne

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Watercolour painting holidays in the beautiful Dordogne

From Saturday 25th Sept 2021 to 2nd Oct 2021
From Saturday 2nd Oct 2021 to 9th Oct 2021

It is not possible to book directly online on our website. So please contact us directly.

This course welcomes those who want to paint in watercolour and get a good, solid grounding in observational drawing too. For those with some experience of painting outdoors and wish to capture the beautiful scenery and changing light of this stunning area of Dordogne.

  • Paint in watercolour
  • Accomplished, talented and experienced tutor with many years of teaching in many different media. Christine Forbes
  • 5 days of tuition, 6 artists maximum in group
  • 7 nights accommodation, all meals included
  • Stay at the beautiful 5 Star Les Charmes de Carlucet
  • Located in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne, surrounded by stunning scenery
  • Each day starts with focusing on a particular aspect of watercolour painting
  • Followed by excursions to beautiful painting locations near by
  • Christine, will ensure that each artist will be encouraged to develop their own approach to the watercolour through one to one support throughout the course
  • Finish each day with an assessment of the day back in the studio at Les Charmes and dinner

1,300 € (7 nights accommodation, all tuition and meals included)

Landscape painting holidays in the heart of Dordogne

Saturday 28th March – 4th April 2020
It is not possible to book directly online on our website. So please contact us directly.

For artists who have some experience of painting outdoors and wish to capture the beautiful scenery and changing light of this stunning area.

  • Paint in oil, acrylic, watercolour and pastel and even a mixture of these
  • Accomplished, talented and experienced tutor with many years of teaching in many different media. Diana Seidl
  • 5 days of tuition, 7 artists maximum in group
  • 7 nights accommodation, all meals included (apart from dinner on Tuesday and Friday evening at a popular local restaurant)
  • Stay at the beautiful 5 star Les Charmes de Carlucet
  • Located in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne, near Sarlat
  • Each day starts with focusing on a particular aspect of landscape painting
  • Followed by excursions to beautiful painting locations near by, weather permitting
  • Still life painting in the studio at Les Charmes if the weather is not suitable for outdoor painting
  • Finish each day with an assessment of the day back in the studio at Les Charmes and dinner

1,300 € (7 nights accommodation, all tuition and meals included)

Letter carving into Stone with Athar Jaber

Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th April 2021
It is not possible to book directly online on our website. So please contact us directly.

Learn the ancient art of letter carving into stone and also learn chiseling techniques as well. The course is a fundamental introduction to the basics of letter carving in stone and provides you with all the necessary insights to get you started.

Suitable for all skill levels.

Learn with world renowned artist and Associate Professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Athar Jaber.

What you will learn

  • Insight into and appreciation of the Roman Capital letters, their design and proportions
  • Preparing a stone for letter carving
  • Transferring a design onto stone
  • Sharpening of flat chisels
  • Basic use of the flat chisel
  • How to carve letters into stone

Detail of course

  • Level: Beginner/intermediate
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Stone: Marble
  • Estimated carving time: 6 hours/day

1,595 € (7 nights’ accommodation, delicious home cooked meals and tuition by professor of sculpture, Athar Jaber, included)

Photography holidays at Les Charmes

Sunday 18th April 2021 to Saturday 24th April 2021
Sunday 10th Oct 2021 to Saturday 16th Oct 2021

It is not possible to book directly online on our website. So please contact us directly.

Residential photography holiday in the heart of the beautiful Dordogne with highly experienced and talented tutor. All levels of ability welcome.

  • 5 days of tuition with Mairi Thomas, outstanding photographer and highly qualified, experienced photography teacher
  • 6 nights accommodation in this stunning 5 star 18th century Manor house
  • Understand and use your cameras key functions more effectively (controlling exposure, depth of field, and focus)
  • Understand and show how the use of light and composition/ framing creates more striking images and effects
  • Download, edit, and store your images, using common photo editing programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop
  • Maximum per group is 8 people
  • Tasty home cooked meals included (apart from 2 dinners and 1 lunch at local restaurants)
  • Each day starts in the studio focusing on different aspects of photography
  • Daily excursions to beautiful locations in the Dordogne to practice and improve your photographic skills
  • Day finishes back at Les Charmes for a round up of the day and dinner

1,300 € (6 nights accommodation, all tuition and tasty home cooked meals included apart from 2 dinners and 1 lunch at local restaurants)

French Language Immersion course for Intermediate level

Saturday 17th to 24th October 2020
It is not possible to book directly online on our website. So please contact us directly.

Learn to speak French on this unique 1 week complete French immersion course in Dordogne staying at Les Charmes de Carlucet. Fully immerse yourself in the French language and culture of France and accelerate your French learning experience.

  • Our 1 week French language immersion course is aimed at those with intermediate level French
  • You will be guided through the language at all times to really help develop your linguistic skills
  • Put them into practice from day 1 with your expert and highly experienced teacher, Laurie
  • You will also discover the very best of the beautiful Dordogne with guided private daily excursions with our guide & local historian, Sylvain
  • Maximum number of Students 6
  • 24 Hours of French language lessons
  • 6 Private guided excursions to discover the beautiful locate area with local historian
  • All meals and drinks with meals apart from 1 lunch on Wednesday and 2 dinners on Tuesday & Friday in local restaurants are included in price
  • Lunches are 2 course and evenings meals are 3 courses. Wine and soft drinks with meals are included in the price
  • 7 nights 5 star accommodation in our Manor house. Private bedroom with private bathroom.
  • Full use of all facilities at 5 Star Les Charmes de Carlucet
  • Learn as much in 1 week as you would in 1 month in a classroom environment while having fun and making new friends

1,350 € (7 nights accommodation, all tuition & guided excursions, tasty home cooked meals included apart from 2 dinners and 1 lunch at local restaurants)

Culinary Courses

Every Tuesday and Sunday with Cook Dordogne cookery school

We are delighted to offer 1 day or half day regional cookery courses, guided market tours and food demonstrations in partnership with the highly acclaimed “Cook Dordogne” in Saint-Cyprien, Dordogne.

  • 1 day course every Tuesday and Sunday
  • Guided morning Market tour followed by regional cookery class at the beautiful cookery school in Saint-Cyprien
  • Half day courses also available
  • Located at the highly acclaimed “Cook Dordogne” school of cookery
  • Course led by highly experienced Chef and Tutor, Ian, owner of the cookery school
  • Discover the local delicacies, which the region is famous for
  • Learn how to prepare, cook and enjoy delicious regional dishes
  • Cookery courses can be arranged for a private group

150 € for 1 day course (includes guided market tour, culinary course, tasting and all ingredients)
75 € half day course (50 € pp family rate) (Includes culinary course, tasting and all ingredients)

History Excursion Holiday in the The Dordogne with private guide

From Sunday 14th October to Saturday 20th October 2018

History Excursion Holiday - Les Charmes de Carlucet

Stay at Les Charmes de Carlucet in the heart of the “Golden triangle of the Dordogne valley” and discover the most beautiful, interesting & historical sites this stunning region has to offer with our experienced, fun & informative guide. English and French spoken.

  • Come and discover what is probably the most historic and beautiful region in France.
  • 5 days of guided tours & 6 nights accommodation included.
  • Guided visits include the stunning medieval town of Sarlat, the jewel of the Dordogne valley & its most beautiful villages.
  • Stunning Chateaux of the Dordogne valley.
  • A boat trip on a traditional flat bottomed barge along the Dordogne river
  • Discover the most important and fascinating pre-historic world heritage sites along the Vezere valley including the world famous caves of Lascaux.
  • Discover spectacular Rocamadour, and the most beautiful villages of the Lot Dordogne valley.
  • Enjoy a delicious and unforgettable fine dining experience by our talented & creative chef Henri Florance, prepared and served to you in the beautiful surroundings of Les Charmes de Carlucet.

from 895 € (6 nights accommodation, 5 days of excursions, all breakfasts and 4 dinners included)