Exclusive, tailor-made Painting
Holidays with Rodney Munday in the Ariège Pyrenees National Park
Our painting holidays have been described in the following
article in French Entrée magazine
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
(patois for cart) 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
Our Painting courses
run from March to late June and from September to late
November (excluding Easter and half term holidays). They are ideal
for small groups who already know each other and are
designed for a maximum of 5 people (not necesarily all
participating artists, non-painting friends/partners are welcome)
and we frequently welcome couples, families, or individuals
wishing to come alone.You do not need 5 people in order to book!
Spring and autumn are our preferred times for painting, both in
terms of the glorious seasonal colours and because of
temperatures, which are much more clement than in summer. In
spring you have wonderfully luminous greens as the mountains burst
back into life as well as the beauty of spring flowers; while the
kaleidoscope of colours in the deciduous woodland in autumn is
An all inclusive 7 night stay includes:
- All meals, picnics and beverages on location, daily
transport by to a variety of stunning painting locations
(including, if wished, one painting-free excursion).
- Friendly tuition which can be as intrusive or unintrusive as
the client wishes, in most media. A full day involves around 6
hours of tuition ( although this may vary slightly depending
on the distance to the painting location).
We also transport to and from airports (Toulouse, Carcassonne,
Lourdes) and stations at a very favourable rate if required.
You may prefer to rent the gite with other artists or
non-artist friends, do your own catering, and decide on a
few days tuition either at Miramont or on an excursion
to one of the many painting locations (see prices). Groups with
their own tutor are also welcome!
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.
Views towards the higher peaks above Guzet-Neige. We are not far
from the Spanish border.
Meadows above the Vallée du Garbet
The glorious Lac de Bethmale
Enjoying Miramont and its immediate surroundings
Painting (and occasionally sculpting!) indoors.
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 .
Your stay can be extended (subject to availability) for
further painting or non-painting days.
a talented artist and teacher in most media, so 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. Particular attention is given to
the importance of drawing, and we are delighted to encourage
those who wish to try new materials. We provide
easels and stools.
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, teeming with wildflowers
in the Spring. For those fascinated by architecture, Gallo-Roman
St. Lizier, mediaeval Foix, local churches and villages such as
those 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 surroundings at Miramont.
Our daily plans are also flexible- if en route you spot a
glistening pool, mossy rock or gnarled old log you'd like to
paint, then that is what we will stop and do!
You do not have to book a full-board holiday. 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.
In this case, you may prefer to book gite rental with painting
tuition- please contact us for an individual quote.
Comments from previous guests
"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
What an amazing week
!! Not only did we improve our painting technique and develop
our visual accuracy but also immersed ourselves in the beauty
and variety of the countryside. We were completely spoiled by
the generosity of our hosts and look forward to continuing our
friendship and camaraderie. Thank you dear Rodney, Eleri, Will
and Fern for a wonderful holiday.
Pippa and I share
all those thoughts and thanks. A truly memorable stay with you
in this lovely area- and especially for me, Rodney,your help
introducing me to sculpture- “Babs” (“my pig”) will always
remind me of our time with you all. Tony (Devon)
Our time at Le
Pichet was without doubt the highlight of our “grand tour”. We
are so grateful for your inexhaustible hospitality and Rodney’s
wonderful painting excursions and liberal lubrication with wine!
We have had the
most magical time- the scenery for painting has been without par
and, painter’s cramp aside it has been rewarding and exciting.
Eleri has done us proud with her excellent cuisine and no
shortage of lovely wines. The room has been so comfortable and
quiet so a good night’s sleep has been assured. We hope to be
Mary and Terry (Ireland)
"This fortnight has not been just about the charm and beauty of
“le Pichet” and it’s 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’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
Thank you Eleri and
Rodney and of course William and Fern for a wonderful “week en
montagne”.The boys had some great walks despite the weather and
I enjoyed the painting and drawing (and particularly the setting
up of easels in the
Barbara, Paul and Richard (Yorkshire)
Dear Eleri, Rodney,
Will, Fern (and the cats),
Thank you so much
for the wonderful two weeks we’ve had with you and for the
kindness and thoughtfulness you have shown.
forever the warm, peaceful evenings spent in your beautiful
garden, looking out onto the mountains with the sound of
crickets in the background.
We agree that this
has been the best holiday we have had together and hope very
much that we’ll keep in touch. We’ll be thinking about you when
we hear about snow in the Pyrenees.
A big thank-you too,
Rodney, for the days of painting in the mountains which I
believe has sparked an interest in Peter to continue.
Jo and Peter (Hastings)
Marvellous! I had
no prior experience of the Ariege. This is an area well worth a
visit. But le Pichet more so. Away from the world and in the
midst of spectacular scenery, ideal for walking/driving and of
course honing painting/sketching skills. What makes a stay here
even better are Eleri, Rodney and William. Nothing is too much
trouble. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here and the week
has flown by. Thank goodness we drove down from the Channel in
one day and added a day to our stay. The market in St Girons is
also a delight. Thank you all, and your hospitable friends, for
a wonderful stay.
John and Cheryl
Relaxing in the garden
Some of our painting
locations / subjects