Art Break Guest at Nicholaston House

Leisure Breaks and Personal Retreats at Nicholaston House

 Nicholaston House is the perfect place for a short leisure break or personal retreat. Optional Chapel times are available with the House team during the week.

Please note: these leisure rates are inclusive of VAT.


‘Painting Break’ with Jackie Davies and Irene Thomas

09 - 13 July 2018

...painting inspiration and encouragement

Event Type: Recreational Break Week

Theme/Focus: Painting

Due to popular demand, two weeks have been set aside for painting breaks in 2018 - both will be led by two local artists and experienced course leaders. Come to improve your painting skills, learn new techniques and enjoy the friendship of like-minded people in a stunning location. The course may include the use of mixed-media, collage, mark making with brushes, palette knives and also painting without brushes. Painting demonstrations will be given and each person given individual attention and encouragement, whether you are a seasoned artist or trying a new skill.

Led by: Jackie Davies and Irene Thomas


  • £399 (incl. VAT) – guaranteed single occupancy of a non-single room
  • £299 (incl. VAT) – single occupancy of a single room (limited rooms available)
  • £299 (incl. VAT) – shared occupancy (couples/friends) of a non-single room 
  • £269 (incl. VAT) – shared occupancy (individuals) of a non-single room
  • £79 (incl. VAT) – non-residential (Tuesday - Thursday) includes refreshments/lunch only

About the Painting Break

Title: Exploring textures in the landscape. 

Equipment to bring:

  • A good quality set of acrylic paints which includes the main primary colours plus the earth colours yellow-ochre and burnt-sienna also plenty of white - Daler Rowney or Winsor and Newton are recommended
  • Brushes specifically designed for acrylics - small medium and a large flat brush - Daler Rowney graduate brushes are good value
  • Palette knives
  • Pencils, coloured pencils if you have them
  • Oil pastels
  • PVA glue, not the washable type
  • Masking fluid 
  • Acrylic modelling paste
  • Heavyweight Watercolour paper - 300 gsm about A3 size
  • Some canvases or canvas boards about A3 size
  • Some old cloths and old clothes to wear as acrylic paint cannot be removed

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

Booking Process:

  1. Telephone (01792) 371317 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability;
  2. If availability is confirmed, please complete the online booking form below;
  3. Please telephone to pay the deposit or amount due by card or send your payment by cheque or *BACS within 5 days of submitting your form;
  4. All bookings are subject to terms and conditions;
  5. Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to arrival.

*Please contact us for BACS payment details. We require a notification that a BACS payment has been made so we may confirm this and generate a payment receipt.


Leisure Breaks and Personal Retreats