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Exclusive, tailor-made Painting Holidays with Rodney Munday
(For Gite Rental only,please see side menu)
We take pride in offering exclusive painting and sketching
holidays which are fully flexible and tailored to your individual
requirements. Our aim is to welcome you to an inspirational,
creative yet relaxing holiday, at the same time giving you a taste
of the rich cultural, historic and gastronomic heritage of this
Your base will be situated at an altitude of 800m in the beautiful
and tranquil hamlet of Miramont, where the adjoining properties of
the traditional French wine jug) and La
form a perfect centre for exploring and painting
this idyllic region, or simply relaxing among the magnificent
surroundings. Nestling beneath a castle built by Charlemagne, with
the pretty hamlet of Arrous in the foreground, it offers stunning
views towards the soaring 3000m peaks of the Spanish border. This
is unspoilt France at its most authentic.
Our Painting courses
mainly from March to late June and from September to late
November, but other dates are possible. They are ideal for small
groups of friends who already know each other and are designed for
a maximum of 4 participating artists, but we frequently welcome
couples, families, or individuals wishing to come alone.You do not
need 4 people in order to book!
An all inclusive, fully structured 7 night stay includes:
- All meals, picnics with and beverages on location and
daily transport by 4x4 to a variety of stunning painting
locations in the mountains (including, if wished, one
- Friendly tuition which can be as intrusive or unintrusive as
the client wishes, in most media. A full day involves 6 hours
We also transport to and from airports (Toulouse, Carcassonne,
Lourdes) and stations at a very favourable rate if required.
At the other end of the spectrum you may prefer to rent the gite
with other artists or non-artist friends, do your own catering,
and decide on a few hours or days tuition either here or on an
excursion to one of the many painting locations (for prices see
Gite Rental page).
The choice is yours - this is your holiday and our aim is to make
it a truly memorable one for you, whatever your aspirations. The
options are many - please feel free to contact us to discuss your
requirements for an individual quote.
The small size of our groups gives us the flexibility to
tailor your stay exactly to your individual requirements.
Freedom of Booking dates
You do not have to book around a pre-designated course
or from Saturday - Saturday, rather you can
choose your own preferred dates of arrival and
departure from the airport of your choice enabling you to take
advantage of cheaper mid-week flights with companies such as Ryanair
or Easyjet. Your stay can be extended (subject to
availability) for further painting or non-painting days.
Since Rodney is
happy to instruct in most media, you can choose the
materials for your tuition yourself during your designated
dates. You may well have your
own favourite tried and tested equipment to bring, or
we can supply materials at cost, which may be of particular
interest for beginners. We provide easels and stools.
Particular attention is given to the importance of drawing,
and we are delighted to encourage those who wish to try new
If you are hardy enough to want to paint the Pyrenees in snow
(whether on location or from photograph at home) we will be
delighted to accommodate you. The mountains under snow are superb,
and your meals will be served in front of the log-burning stove in
wonderful open heart of La
is a landscape painter's paradise in all its glorious seasons -
whether you wish to paint mountains, lakes and waterfalls, or
gentler valleys of woodland and pasture. For those interested in
architecture, Gallo-Roman St. Lizier, mediaeval Foix and the
villages perched on the slopes of the Bethmale Valley present many
possibilities. Or you may prefer to capture the atmosphere of the
lively Saturday market at St.Girons - or simply stay and paint in
the tranquility of the garden or stone mountain farmhouse where
you will be based.
You do not have to book full-board. One of your party may
prefer to cater (for example a non-artist coming with his/her own
transport ). Le Pichet has a well equipped kitchen, and Ariege has
an immense variety of meats, cheeses, fruit , vegetables and
desserts: so cooking here is an experience – and an art - in
itself. If you wish to self-cater but do not have the time to
shop, we can offer a shopping service for you.
"Thank you again for all your kindness and care. We will miss you
and we really hope that one day in the future you will be
accepting us again for another amazing painting holiday. Until
then we will try to keep painting ourselves.
Thanks for everything - the very best wishes."
Gerry and Malissa, Netherlands, October 2012
An artist in the kitchen!
Evening meal cooked by our guests
"This fortnight has not been just about the charm and beauty of
“le Pichet” and its surroundings- the marvellous views, walks and
delightful evenings spent together-it’s also been about the
hospitality, kindness and camaderie of two exceptional people,
Eleri and Rodney. They have made our holiday memorable. I shall
leave Terry to tell of his time painting with Rodney..."
Geraldine Stirrat, Richmond. July 2010.
"Geraldine’s comments are quite consistent with my feelings
also. The two weeks here seem like a chapter rather than the few
hurried notes that many holidays seem like. Time spent with Rodney
in the mountains, ravines and by the water will be
valued for a long time- not just for the
encouragement and advice about the drawing and pastelwork we did
but also for the companionship and generosity. Special. Many
thanks to both." Terry Crimmings, Twickenham, July 2010
Relaxing in the garden
"Thank you very much for the wonderful week! Everything was
We feel sad about leaving you after our wonderful stay, but we
will remember you as friends.
Le Pichet is a lovely home for a stay in the beautiful French
mountains. We have felt welcome here from the moment we