Artist's Retreat
with Nicola Watters

Spring Painting Retreat

24th-26th March

Enjoy a weekend of wonderful watercolour and spring colours with artist Nicola Watters. Create your own beautiful floral artwork to keep for yourself or perhaps gift to a loved one. This peaceful yet stimulating weekend includes two night’s accommodation, breakfast, dinner on the Friday night and lunch on the Saturday. The retreat ends early on Sunday afternoon.

From £535

Included in your Retreat

  • 2 night's accommodation
  • Breakfast on both days
  • Dinner on Friday evening hosted by Nicola
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Use of the spa facilities including the heated outdoor pool, indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and gym
  • Prices start at £535 for single occupancy and £690 for double occupancy
  • Room upgrades are available at additional cost
  • Spa treatments available at additional cost
  • Use of the tennis court and croquet lawn

A new hobby for 2023, or brush up your skills...

Spring Painting Retreat With Artist Nicola Watters

Enjoy a weekend of wonderful watercolour with artist Nicola Watters. Create your own beautiful floral artwork to keep for yourself or perhaps give to a loved one as an Easter gift.

This is the time of year when spring flowers are at their absolute best and there will be plenty for you to choose from. Taking inspiration from an array of freshly picked flowers, foliage, and natural finds, Nicola will guide you step-by-step to create your own watercolour painting. She will demonstrate colour mixing, layering and other artistic techniques. It really doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or more experienced.
All the materials you need will be provided and the small group sessions will be relaxed, productive, and, most importantly, enjoyable.

Kind words from previous workshop participants:

"Dear Nicola, Thank you for another wonderful afternoon. You are so talented and share your experience so willingly. You make it seem quite possible to create artworks that otherwise would be too daunting to attempt. Thanks again.” Caroline, February 2022.

"Nicola, Thank you so much for a really nourishing time yesterday. It felt very relaxing and you are so supportive. Not only do you have a gift of painting but also teaching. Thank you." Sue, April 2022.

"Nicola's workshops are my little piece of heaven.” Patricia, October 2022.

 

What happens when?

Arrive at the hotel on Friday afternoon, in time for an in intimate dinner with the other attendees (around 12 in total), hosted by your instructor Nicola Watters. This is a great opportunity to meet everyone informally.

On Saturday morning you will begin your artist's retreat under Nicola's guidance, and a buffet lunch is provided. You'll then continue through Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday evening you are free to choose where to eat, either in our laidback brasserie 1772, or our pan-Asian restaurant Yu. We advise booking a table as soon as you have booked your weekend retreat.

On Sunday morning, after breakfast, the workshop continues, and finishes around lunchtime. You are welcome to stay for Sunday Lunch, and Nicola will be around to help with any last minute finishing touches.

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Spa Treatments

For total relaxation

Experience one of our fabulous ILA Spa treatments. Choose from a wide range of treatment rituals including face therapy, massages, well-being rituals, couples' experiences and pregnancy treatments.

Dinner in Yu

A fine dining experience

A perfect fit with your weekend of Eastern-inspired relaxation, our pan-Asian restaurant Yu is the perfect space to switch off and indulge yourself, with a relaxed fine-dining experience.  Our laid back brasserie 1772 will also be open.

Afternoon Tea

in the Orangery

Afternoon Tea at the Retreat is an experience not to be missed - why not book for Saturday afternoon?

Spa Treatments

For total relaxation

Experience one of our fabulous ILA Spa treatments. Choose from a wide range of treatment rituals including face therapy, massages, well-being rituals, couples' experiences and pregnancy treatments.

Treatment Menu >>

Dinner in Yu

A fine dining experience

A perfect fit with your weekend of Eastern-inspired relaxation! With its woven fans, bamboo-style framed mirrors and warm lighting, our pan-Asian restaurant Yu is the perfect space to switch off and indulge yourself, with a relaxed fine-dining experience.

A private dinner for the group is included on the Friday evening. On the Saturday night you can choose from Yu or our brasserie 1772.

Yu Menu >>

Afternoon Tea

in the Orangery

Afternoon Tea at the Retreat is an experience not to be missed. Included is a hot drink from our exclusive Twist Tea range, a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam and a selection of cakes.

Our quintessentially English Afternoon Tea is served in the Orangery, or - weather permitting - on the terrace, with spectacular views of the North Wessex Downs.

Please book in advance.

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Terms & Conditions

1) Prices are per room per two nights.

2) Includes VAT.

3) Spa treatments are subject to additional charges.

4) Subject to availability and not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.