Loire Valley Art Retreat

49400 Saumur, France

Mandy Murphy
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Jun 11 - 16, 2024
Group size: 1 - 6
Loire Valley Art Retreat
49400 Saumur, France

Mandy Murphy
  • Email address verified
1 review

Jun 11 - 16, 2024
Group size: 1 - 6

About this trip

Come bask in the beauty and charm of Loire Valley, France for a delightful five  days of creativity, great food and wine, rivers, castles, vineyards, historic  towns. You’ll stay in a gorgeous manor house in the heart of Saumur, enjoy  delicious meals, and spend days sketching, drawing, and painting. Led by  Marilyn MacGregor, artist, teacher, and resident of Saumur, well known for scenes of interesting places from her travel sketchbooks. Portfolio site at  www.mmacgregorart.com

What’s included

  • Cremant on arrival
    Glass of sparkling wine, Cremant de Loire on arrival and snacks
  • Welcome 4 course meal
    4 course meal and getting to know the group
  • Ensuite accommodation
    Double bed with ensuite shower room
  • 1 Chateau Entry
    Visit Chateau Azay de Rideau both the chateau and village for inspiration for your art project
  • Daily Breakfast
    Healthy and generous breakfast of fruit, fresh pastries, etc., served in the garden or in the elegant dining room.
  • Lunch at L'Auberge
    Visit to the beautiful village of Montreuil Bellay and have lunch at the stunning L'auberge des Isles. A beautiful location to inspire the most timid of artists within us
  • Celebration meal
    On the last night we will host a celebration 4 course meal at La Maison Trumeau
  • Transport
    Transport to local villages, chateau visits and day excursion to Montreuil Bellay
  • Expert instruction
    Art instruction, support, and encouragement: Marilyn will spend every day teaching where needed and wanted, offering advice and suggestions.
  • A tour of Saumur
    A walking tour of the town of Saumur, orientation to sights, landmarks and local restaurants. See itinerary for more information

What’s not included

  • Travel to Saumur
  • some meals
    Due to the nature of the retreat and being out at various locations, lunch is not provided on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Some meals
    Due to the nature of the retreat, dinner is not provided on Wednesday ,Thursday and Friday evening

Available Packages

Loire Valley Art Retreat

Equivalent cost in other currencies: 

GBP is £1675 

Euros = 1,915E

CAD = 2,875

Deposit: $250


Day 1
Tuesday - arrival

 Arrive at  Saumur and settle into your room at  La Maison Trumeau. Depending  on your arrival time, you may want to  stroll around the historic town before a  delightful apero, served at 6pm in the garden and a 4 course welcome meal.  

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Mandy Murphy
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Joined in October 2023
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This retreat was perfect! Our teacher was knowledgeable and patient. We all had different projects and she moved from one to another giving help where needed. Mandy, our hostess served us delicious breakfast and lunch each day on a beautifully set table. My room made me feel like a princess! Although the entire house is gorgeous you can feel that it is a home, and you are welcome there. I would do this retreat again in a heartbeat!
By Marvell E for Upholstery Skills Retreat on May 26, 2024