Discover one of the best residential Water colour painting courses in France


There are many water colour painting courses offered in France.

But one of the best is without doubt, the 1-week residential water colour painting course offered at Les Charmes de Carlucet, Dordogne.

Our expert tutor Christine Forbes is extremely well known in UK as one of the most popular and experienced water colour painting tutors around today.

Her courses at the outstanding West Dean college, are regularly sold out.

We were lucky enough to have Christine offer her 1-week water colour painting course at our 5-star luxury Manor house in the heart of the Dordogne, Les Charmes de Carlucet, for 2 weeks this autumn.

Each day begins with personal tutoring by Christine in the atelier at Les Charmes.

Groups are small with a maximum of 7 students so there is plenty of time for individual tuition.

Then we head into the field to discover different beautiful nearby locations to practice various techniques under the watchful guidance of Christine

Locations are carefully selected to allow each student to practice different techniques including painting medieval market village squares, stunning water landscapes, close up studies of beautiful flora, outstanding formal gardens and wonderful old stone buildings so unique to this part of the Dordogne.

Students return to the sumptuous surroundings of Les Charmes for lunch each day and again for dinner each evening.

If the weather is good, the students enjoyed a swim in the large outdoor pool or sauna and also a relaxing therapeutic massage.

All the meals are prepared in house using delicious local ingredients.

Many of our students said this was one of the highlights of the week along with Christine’s encouraging and supportive teaching style.

At the end of each week, every student was amazed how far their watercolour painting skills had developed during the week.

Not only had they all produced some beautiful work but also had made some new friendships on the same journey.

Christine’s water colour painting course was so successful this year that we have decided to offer her 1-week residential course here at Les Charmes de Carlucet again next year.

From Saturday 23rd Sept 2023, we have 7 spaces available for her 1-week course.

The price is 1,450€ for the week. This price includes:

Accommodation in a 5-star air-conditioned bedroom with private bathroom in our cottage or villa at Les Charmes de Carlucet,

All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner (including wine with the evening meal)

Tuition fees

Transport to all painting sites. (Transport to and from Les Charmes de Carlucet not included)

Please contact us to find our more information and reserve your place on next year’s course with Christine. Tel: +33 684 22 79 86 or email is at contact@

Best Restaurants near Les Charmes


The area of Périgord Noir is famous for it’s gastronomy due to the wonderful abundance of delicious local delicacies.
We are fortunately to have many wonderful local restaurants close to Les Charmes de Carlucet.

The Black Duck

The Black Duck Tel: 05 53 28 80 51

Just a 5 minute walk from Les Charmes de Carlucet will take you to this friendly family run gastro pub that serves simple tasty regional dishes at reasonable prices. There are 7 draught beers on tap including cool Guinness. They also serve fish and chips!

There are 2 terraces for outdoor dining with lovely views over the surrounding countryside. Lively friendly atmosphere.

Closed on Mondays. Great to be able to walk there and not have to use the car.

La Meynardie

La Meynardie Tel: 05 53 28 85 98

A truly world class restaurant in a beautifully restored farm, 10 min drive from Les Charmes de Carlucet, just outside the pretty village of Salignac. Beautifully presented, extremely tasty high quality food and service. They have just been awarded a Michelin star. The outdoor terrace is beautiful for dining and over looks the courtyard. The prices are extremely reasonable for the high quality of the meals. Lunches are for 25€ and dinner for 44€

Lieu-dit La Meynardie, Paulin, Salignac

Café de la Place

Café de la Place Tel: 05 53 28 81 54

In nearby village of Salignac, 5 mins by car is this delightful bistro/café on the village square in Salignac. It offers simple, well presented, reasonably priced tasty meals. It’s a lively friendly place. Especially on Friday evenings during the summer months when the village night market with live music is in full swing.

Auberge d’Imbès

Auberge d’Imbes Tel: 05 53 31 68 44

10 minutes drive from Les Charmes de Carlucet takes you to this family run Auberge surrounded by peaceful countryside.  There is a lovely outdoor terrace. They serve their own homemade foie gras and other regional dishes. Very friendly service and good value for money.

Lieu Dit la Gratadie, 24590 Archignac


L’Adresse Tel: 05 53 30 56 19

Lovely small family run restaurant in the old town of Sarlat with a terrace facing the cobbled pedestrian street. Serving regional dishes, international and vegetarian cuisine. Beautifully presented and very tasty with reasonable prices. The owner & chef and his team prepare your meals behind a large glass window at the end of the restaurant. Very popular so book ahead.

10 rue Fénelon, 24200, Sarlat-la-Canéda

Le Presidial

Le Presidial Tel: 05 53 28 92 47

Fine cuisine in a beautiful setting in the heart of the old town of Sarlat.
The beautiful building was the former Royal court of justice built in the 17th Century. It has a lovely terrace and gardens. A family-run business that has created a wonderful place for family and friends to meet and enjoy a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings.

6 rue Landry, 24200, Sarlat-la-Canéda

Le Grand Bleu

Le Grand Bleu Tel: 05 53 31 08 48

This restaurant is situated in Avenue de la Gare, one minute walk from Sarlat train station. This is an excellent restaurant run by a young couple who already have a Michelin star. With simple stylish décor you will find delicious, beautifully prepared and presented meals at very reasonable prices. Closed on Sunday nights and Mondays.

43 avenue de la Gare, 24200, Sarlat-la-Canéda, (20 mins drive from Les Charmes de Carlucet)

Le Petit Leon

Le Petit Leon Tel: 05 53 51 18 04

St. Leon sur Vezere (25 mins drive from Les Charmes)

This garden restaurant is in the heart of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a charming village in the south of France.

The food here is absolutely fantastic! The restaurant combines refined classic cuisine and modern techniques, focusing on the local produce we have at hand.

Chef and owner Nick Honeyman from New Zealand has previously worked extensively throughout France at such restaurants as L’Astrance and L’Arpege. He also has his own restaurant, Paris Butter, in Auckland, New Zealand. Nick is bringing his passion for classic french food & innovative cooking together, sourcing everything locally where possible.Book well ahead as this place is very popular.

Château de la Treyne

Château de la Treyne Tel: 05 65 27 60 60

Perched above the river Dordogne, is this magnificent chateau with its candlelit terrace. This is fine dining at its best in this Michelin starred restaurant it a spectacular setting. This place is truly what fairytales are made of! Book well ahead as its very popular. Lunches are served on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Dordogne river on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Lieu Dit la Treyne, 46200 Lacave

Discover the 5 Best Sightseeing Trips in the Dordogne


You can go by yourself or we can arrange a guide for the day for your excursion and provide transport for you if needed.

Discover 3 of the best places to visit in Dordogne on a day out. Medieval bastille towns of Sarlat la Canéda & Domme, & Chateau of Castelnaud la Chapelle
Discover the most beautiful villages in France of Beynac & Roque Gageac & Chateau Milandes, the former home of Josphine Baker. Perfect day trip to visit these top 3 sites
Visit the caves of Lascaux, the most beautiful village in France of St Leon sur Vezere & discover prehistoric & troglodyte village of La Roque St Christophe in a day trip
Discover the most beautiful gardens in Dordogne, Perigord, Les Jardins de Eyrignac & also the gardens of Marqueyssac. Best gardens to visit on a day’s excursion in Dordogne
Discover the beautiful cliff top village and sacred site of Rocamadour & one of the most beautiful villages in France, medieval bastille town Martel.

The best canoe trips on the Dordogne & Vezere rivers


Dordogne river

Gently meandering down the Dordogne river in a canoe on a sunny day is one of the most peaceful and enjoyable days activities to do in this spectacular region.

Without a doubt, it’s the best way to see the river, the wildlife that inhabits it and some beautiful villages and Chateaux that lines its banks.

Canoes can be rented for 1 to 4 people. One of our favorite routes is from Vitrac to Castelnaud la Chapelle where you will gently glide past the beautiful Hill top Bastille town of Domme and La Roque Gageac, voted the third most beautiful town in France. You will arrive at the foot of the magnificent Chateau Castelnaud la Chapelle, where the canoe company will pick you up and take you back to your car.

This route takes about 2.5 hours. You can continue to the stunning village of Beynac which takes 3 hours. The company we recommend for this route is Canoes Loisirs.

There are many places to pull up your canoe and have a swim or a picnic along the way.

The canoe hire company will give you a large plastic drum to put all your personal things in and will keep them dry in the very unlikely event of your canoe capsizing.

They also supply you with life jackets so its very safe for children. Children from age 5 are allowed in the canoes.

Vezere river

There are many other beautiful routes of varying lengths along both the Dordogne and also the Vezere river.

The most beautiful canoe route along the Vezere is from Thonac to Tursac which takes about 3 hours. You will go passed the beautiful village of St. Leon sur Vezere, some magnificent Chateaux and also see some amazing rock formations and prehistoric dwellings. We recommend Canoë Vezere for this trip.