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Watercolour Painting Holidays

A watercolour painting holiday at Gartmore House gives you the chance to either learn from scratch or improve your skills in relaxed company and comfortable surroundings.

Our painting holidays are for all abilities; our groups are small, to allow our tutors to give you personalised instruction based upon your level of experience. Painting projects can either be indoors in one of the majestic and light-filled studio rooms of historic Gartmore House, or weather-permitting we will wander outdoors into the grounds of the estate.

Watercolour painting breaks are available from 2 nights up to 6 nights.

Dates and prices 2019

Sunday 28th April – Saturday 4th May 2019 – £625 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Saturday 8th – Friday 14th June 2019 – £625 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Saturday 20th – Friday 26th July 2019 – £625 per person (6 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 1st – Friday 6th September 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 29th September – Friday 4th October 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 6th – Friday 11th October 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 24th – Friday 29th November 2019 – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

*Please note the itinerary will change accordingly to accommodate shorter and longer stays. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00).

16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutors
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

We will provide all materials, boards, paper and brushes, but feel free to bring along your favourite materials if preferred.

Tutors Ian & Katy Sinclair

Ian Sinclair trained at the Glasgow School of Art. He specialises in watercolour. He is best known for his landscape paintings but also takes commissions for portraits and animals. Another of Ian’s interests is cartoons and caricatures.

Ian is experienced in teaching both beginners and also more experienced painters. His gentle manner and friendly style, together with his love of landscape and nature, make him a popular tutor as he brings out the best from those who work with him.

Katy Sinclair is a local painter, with a style which is fast becoming recognisable as unique to her, whether it be watercolours of the Scottish landscape, the fine detail she captures in her flower paintings or the movement in her representations of the human form. Always talented at sketching, Katy only started painting in 2012 and since then has won 58 international awards! Gifted with a delicacy of touch and colour and a balance of detail, she is a figurative painter, whose works have an ethereal charm. Katy lives in the nearby village of Killearn with her husband Ian and two cats. She has lived and worked in Poland, Syria, the Czech Republic, England, Mexico, Belize and Portugal.

Katy loves Scotland and the richness and variety of its natural heritage which provide her with an infinite source of inspiration. Her work is becoming almost as well-travelled as she is; Katy’s paintings are being snapped up by visitors from many different countries and she is delighted that ‘little bits of Scotland’ adorn so many walls ─ at the present count, in five continents!

‘This week at Gartmore has been very enjoyable. We were made to feel welcome by the reception staff. The bedroom was very comfortable – good bed and pillows and was serviced daily. The food was generous and very good and the staff who looked after us were friendly and helpful. Many thanks for a good holiday.’ Mary, Watercolour Painting Course, August 2018

‘Highly recommended. Great surroundings and accommodation, excellent staff and tutors and great cakes! Must get myself back to Gartmore House soon.’
Paul, Watercolour Painting Course, March 2017

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course or your stay at Gartmore House. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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