painting holidays

If you like me, have been dreaming about painting holidays abroad in the sun, where you get to soak up the local culture and be artistically inspired by stunning scenery, then read on!

Recently, I have partnered up with a company in Southern France, whom have painstakingly transformed a once derelict farm and its land into stylish and comfortable accommodation. Just an hour from Toulouse and Carcassonne airport, based on the doorstep of the Pyrénées in the Ariège. ‘Zero Neuf’ is, the perfect Escape.

Owners Mike and Joss’s idea was simply, to provide a fabulous base for cyclists, their families and non-riding partners. A place where you’re encouraged to switch off, regardless of whether you’re out on the bike, lying by their swimming pool, or kicking back in their onsite café.

As the business has gone from strength to strength, they are now looking to bring a creative element into their enterprise; offering, cookery, yoga and art retreats and that’s where I come in! 

Joss contacted me to run this idea past me. Knowing my art and having personally attended my adult art courses, she knew this would be right up my street. As a landscape painter, I couldn’t think of a nicer holiday to go on, so I was over the moon to be asked to rise to this challenge! 

The plan is to take a group of keen artists to delight in sketching, photographing and painting the local scenery, as well as partaking in day trips to local food markets, walking, yoga sessions, wine tasting evenings, and of course eating, drinking and socialising. All my favourite things!  

Imagine, a painting holiday in the South of France! Zero Neuf will take care of all everything, including excellent accommodation, gourmet meals, transport, as well as all materials and equipment. I will of course, take full care of your artistic needs! The perfect combination…

Places Available- Fri 25th to Wed 30th October 2019

Tariff: 5 day retreat : £775


  • Accommodation & Full Board, 

  • Two restaurant lunches (excl. drinks).

  • Wine tasting evening

  • 1.5hr yoga meditation session 

  • Airport transfers and all travel to locations.

  • Baggage Locker

  • Coach to Toulouse Airport

Not Included:

  • Art Materials.

  • Travel to France. Flights approx. £80-£100

  • Train to Toulouse

  • Walking Tours/ Food & Drinks in Toulouse

  • Entry to Museums

  • Travel Home

Please Contact Me for more details or to book.


Day 1 Travel: Fri 25th Oct

  • Depart London Gatwick 08:25

  • Arrival Toulouse 11:10

  • Airport Transfer to Zero Neuf.

Day 1: Welcome to Zero Neuf

  • Settle in; Light Lunch & Refreshments. 

  • ‘Familiarisation Walk’ of the local village, ‘Gaudies’, with paint out opportunities by the river & Gaudies Chateau. 

  • Welcome Aperitif

  • Dinner & Drinks

Day 2: Mirepoix

  • Breakfast

  • Day Trip to the Historical Town Of Mirapoix.

  • Paint Out in Town Centre

  • Restaurant Lunch (inc)

  • Back to Zero Neuf;

  • R & R or Studio Time

  • Wine Tasting Evening

  • Dinner & Drinks

Day 3: Midi Pyrenees

  • Breakfast

  • ‘Paint Out Day’ in the Midi Pyrenees; taking in the breath taking views of the mountains.

  • Restaurant Lunch (inc)

  • Back to Zero Neuf;

  • R&R or Studio Time

  • Early Evening Yoga & Meditation Session (optional) 

  • Dinner & Drinks

Day 4: Foix

  • Breakfast

  • Day trip to ‘Foix’ Paint out/Sketch/ Explore

  • Lunch (not inc)

  • Back to Zero Neuf;

  • R&R or Studio Time/ Sketching in Gaudies

  • Dinner & Drinks

Day 5: Toulouse

  • Early Bird Continental Breakfast

  • Take Train to Toulouse (leave baggage in lockers at Toulouse Train Station)

  • Toulouse Walking Tour (optional)

  • Lunch (not inc)

  • Free Afternoon; Soak up the culture and history of this beautiful city. Sketch by the river or town centre or visit Toulouse’s museums & galleries 

  • Museum of Modern Art ‘Les Abbatoirs’ 

Day 5 Travel: Wed 30th Oct

  • Coach to Airport

  • Depart Toulouse 21:50

  • Arrival London Gatwick 22:40

© Grainne Roche 2019