Writers’ Retreats, Painting, Beekeeping and Taste of France Holidays begin and end MIDWEEK to take account of the cheaper fares available midweek, and to allow our guests to enjoy the many local events which take place over the weekend: live music in the bars, the Friday morning market at Riberac and any special events, such as the Medieval Fete at Lusignac or the Snail Festival at Bertric Buree.

However, the weeks do not always start on the same weekday, and so please check carefully before booking.

During the 5-week High Season (last week in July and then August), weeks start on Saturday and there are no bridging days available.

There are two or three BRIDGING DAYS between the weeklong courses (with the exception of High Season). You may extend your stay to cover one or all of these days (for an additional cost). However, transport to the airport at Bergerac is available only on the start-day of the following course week. If you are making your own travel arrangements, you can leave on any of the bridging days.

Painting Dates

Painting Holiday Dates

Writers Dates

Writers’ Retreats Dates



IMPORTANT: As this is our first year of operation, it is difficult for us to estimate the demand for dates and themes. The following table gives the dates of the weeks available, but we have decided to set the theme of any week to that wanted by the first person to apply for that particular date.

You may apply for any week and state the theme you would like (with the exception of the Beekeeping weeks which are fixed). We will then fix that week’s theme. So if you would like to attend a Writers’ Retreat, just let us know which dates, and we will make that week a Writers’ Retreat. Similarly for Painting Holidays and Taste of France Holidays.

Once the theme is fixed it will turn GREEN. With the exception of a Writers’ Retreat week, you may still apply to join a themed week on the proviso that the week’s emphasis will be on the stated theme. We are keeping the Writers’ Retreat weeks exclusive to ensure the peace and quiet required by writers.

    If there is a GREEN tick in the row, it means the theme for the week has been set by the first person to request it. (Unless it is set for a Writers’ Retreat week, you may still come for that week as long as you understand that the emphasis for the week will be on the set theme.)

    If there is no GREEN tick, it means either that the theme has not been set yet, in which case you may choose the theme, or you may attend at this time but the main emphasis will be on the week’s theme and any arrangements will be geared round the theme. If you are happy to laze by the pool, go for walks or visit the local bars/restaurants on foot, or if you have your own transport, then these weeks will be fine for you.

      This means that the themed week is exclusive to that week, or in the case of beekeeping holidays, this is not a good time to work with the bees.




Dates 7 Nights incls. Writers’ Retreats Painting Holidays Beekeeping Taste of France Places Available
Mon 30 Jun – Mon 7 Jul – 7 nights 6
Wed 9 July – Wed 16 July – 7 nights 6
Fri 18 July – Fri  25 July – 7nights ***** 5
Sat 26 July – Sat 2 August – 7 nights 6
Sat 2 August – Sat 9 August – 7 nights BOOKED BOOKED BOOKED BOOKED 0
Sat 9  August – Sat 16 August – 7 nights BOOKED BOOKED BOOKED BOOKED 0
Sat 16 August – Sat 23 August – 7 nights 6
Sat 23 August – Sat 30 August – 7 nights 6
Mon  1 Sept -  Mon 8 Sept     6
Wed 10 Sept – Wed 17 Sept 6
Fri  19 Sept – Fri 26 Sept 6
Mon 29 Sept – Mon 6 Oct 6

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