‘My Florence’ in the National Geographic Traveller

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo: one of e great museums of the world

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo: one of e great museums of the world

My thanks to the National Geographic Traveller magazine for publishing a short piece on My Florence, where Lois and I live when we are not at the Watermill. Here it is:

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Since it won’t be easy to read the text in the picture above, here it is.

Florentine insider Bill Breckon tells you how to enjoy great art in the Renaissance city while avoiding the worst of the crowds.

1 Il Grande Museo del Duomo

Get up front and personal with some of the greatest masterworks of the Renaissance. While the crowds jostle outside trying to look at facsimiles, you can stand close to, for example, Ghiberti’s fabulous bronze doors for the Baptistry, described by Michelangelo as ‘truly worthy to be the gates of paradise’, plus dozens of other original masterpieces in the largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculpture in the world. https://www.museumflorence.com/museum

2 Bargello

You can see the true beginnings of Renaissance art within 10 metres in the Donatello room of the Bargello museum: Ghiberti and Brunelleschi’s winning entries in 1401 for the commission for the bronze doors for the Baptistry, Donatello’s marble St. George, ‘life itself stirring vigorously in the stone’ and in front of it, his amazing bronze David, cheekily homoerotic. And nearby, Verrocchio’s David, its model supposedly the young Leonardo da Vinci himself. Wow! http://www.sbas.fi.it/english/musei/bargello/

Donatello's St George. Ready to spring to life.

Donatello’s St George. Ready to spring to life.

3 Sassetti Chapel, Santa Trinità Church

Of course, the Uffizi and the Accademia galleries are treasure troves of art, but for great art and fewer people, you can’t beat the Sassetti Chapel of the Santa Trinità church. Here you can view the astonishing cycle of late 15th Century frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio, with scenes from the life of St. Francis. I particularly like the miracle of the raising of the fallen boy. It’s often so quiet you may have to put a Euro in the box yourself to illuminate the chapel.   http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/santa-trinita.html

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A Ghirlandaio miracle

 

4 Ognissanti Church and Refectory

In the refectory of the monastery connected t0 the church, you can see another Ghirlandaio masterpiece, a Last Supper depicting the moment Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray Him. At the request of the monks Ghirlandaio also painted realistic plants, fruits and birds in the alcoves behind: all have religious symbolism. In the church itself, marvel at Giotto’s crucifix, its lapis lazuli pigment bluer than the bluest Italian sky.   http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/ognissanti_last_supper.html

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The bluest blue

5 La Specola

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.The Museum of Zoology and Natural History, known as La Specola, is my quirkiest choice. After walking through corridors of stuffed creatures of all shapes and sizes, you reach room after room of human anatomical waxworks, made in the 17th and 18th centuries. All sorts of innards are on display in the ‘opened-up’ waxy bodies, based on real corpses and used for teaching medicine. I’d be terrified to be locked in and spend a Night in the Museum! http://www.msn.unifi.it/

So that’s my off-beat Florence. If you’d like to visit Florence, I’d be very happy to talk to you about how to get the best out of your visit to this lovely city, a treasure trove of art.

And why not spend a (non-scary week) with us before or after visiting Florence –after is probably better, so then you can relax after all your sightseeing.

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No hidden extras – that’s a Watermill guarantee!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Delicious food, wine .. all included

I was rather shocked recently, when looking at other painting courses in Europe, how many of them have hidden extras. For example, you come for a week’s holiday, but only, say three dinners, and four lunches are included in the cost. So, it’s down to you to pay for the other meals. Or excursions  and pick-ups cost extra

I was even more shocked when I read the small print of another venue offering painting holidays here in Italy. They quoted a price, then, when you get to the booking bit, you find out that prices above are EXCLUSIVE of 22% Italian VAT. So, on a holiday apparently costing, say £1800, they add a whopping £396 at the last moment. It’s all a bit weird really: we pay Italian VAT at 10%, which is the going rate for our sort of business, not 22% – and we don’t pass it on to the customers!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Out on location in the glorious Tuscan countryside — all tuition included

So, we would like to emphasise again that EVERYTHING is included in the cost of your Watermill holiday:

  • all tuition fees and accommodation
  • local transportation (including transfers to and from Pisa airport; including our mid- week excursion by train to a Tuscan beauty spot or historic town.)
  • all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the mill or at small and friendly local restaurants with regional Italian dishes and wines.
  • And all taxes.

All you have to do is to get to Pisa airport and we do the rest!

That means

  • ALL meals, ALL week — no hidden extras!
  • ALL transportation to ALL venues and pick-ups and drop-off at the airport — no hidden extras!
  • ALL accommodation, cleaning, linen, towels – no hidden extras!
  • ALL wines, aperitivi, digestive — no hidden extras!
  • ALL Italian taxes, including VAT (paid by us) – no hidden extras
  • Cocktail time, all included

    Cocktail time, all included

We’ll even give you the ingredients for a packed lunch and fruit on your day-out excursion to the Cinque Terre or Lucca on the Wednesday (although most people seem to prefer to choose their own café or restaurant for lunch on Wednesday and enjoy a leisurely Italian meal in the heat of the day.)

And we give you free postcards of the Watermill for you to send home — and the stamps, too!

No wonder so many people keep coming back.

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2018 painting, and other creative, holidays.

Come and savour the magic of The Watermill and our generous, no-hidden-extras hospitality. To find out about all our 2018 creative courses, please click here. 

aperitivi and laughter

aperitivi and good company

 

 

The October Watermill newsletter is out…

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…with all our latest news on the 2018 creative courses, from painting to memoir writing, knitting to learning Italian, yoga and meditation — and ways of re-energising your Oomph!  And there’s a special Early Bird booking offer to make creativity at The Watermill even more attractive. If you haven’t already subscribed to the free newsletter you can read it by clicking here.  Or for regular news, views, special offers, subscribe by clicking here.

Time to bag your place with your favourite tutor and special bedroom.

Ci vediamo! 

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A warm welcome back to knitting guru Sarah Hazell

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are delighted to say that Sarah Hazell, who will be leading her first knitting course here in a week or so’s time, had agreed to join us again for another Knitting and La Bella Vita week next year. Her knitting holiday will run from Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Heres’ some praise from previous students One said: Sarah Hazell is an inspiration. She has a mountain of knowledge that she shares generously and passionately. She has a lovely friendly, calm approach and takes the necessary time to demonstrate the techniques involved. Her colour choices are sensational with knowledge of how to use the best yarn to show the stitches used. She gives all students something from the newest of knitters to the more advanced. It is a pleasure to spend time with her, sharing the love of her craft.”

Another said: “Sarah has a lovely open friendly personality with a sunshiny disposition. I really enjoyed learning from her on the Knit for Peace holiday. I feel it has been a privilege to work with her and, as a memory from that holiday, I have a beautiful item of my own, that she designed and helped me to create.”

Sarah’s workshop at the mill will show you to elevate your knits from homemade to handmade, in particular with cable stitch and sequence knitting

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Creative Cables – this will be a cushion project and include beaded cables, cables in two colours, different textured cables and cables that require using two cable needles.

Sequence Knitting – this will a shawl project: introduction to the concept of sequence knitting worked flat and in the round, there will be a project as well as the opportunity to design your own scarf or cowl.

Sarah is also more than happy for participants to bring along their own projects and offer advice/assistance with those. You are encouraged to bring along garments you would like to try and recreate (handknit or store bought), patterns you would like to amend etc. And If you have yarn in your stash that you are keen to make a simple garment from, but no pattern, now is your chance!

Come and join us and enjoy the magic of The Watermill.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And don’t forget our Early Bird offer:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous 2018 knitting course.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Kimmeridge edited5-12 May 2018

Sarah Hazell

Knitting and La Bella Vita

To learn more about Sarah and her week at The Watermill, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Watermill 2018 website is now live!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

…with details about exciting with new painting, writing and yoga tutors who are joining our ever-popular established Watermill tutors to bring you a wide choice of creative courses. And there’s an attractive Early Bird offer on all our 2018 courses, if you book now!

It’s going to be another glorious season at The Watermill, nestled in the heart of Lunigiana, the unspoilt paradise in deepest rural Tuscany.

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

Sunset in nearby Massa, by Vicki Norman

We are delighted to welcome new painting tutors Paul Talbot-Greaves, Claire Warner and Vicki Norman. They’ll be joined by the regular and popular members of the ‘Watermill painting team’, Maggie Renner Hellman, Sandra Strohschein, Sarah Yeoman, Terry Jarvis, Rebecca Mendonça, Mike Willdridge and Tim Wilmot. There will be one more painting course, in May, but we haven’t yet finalised the details. You can see more about all our painting tutors by clicking here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We’ll also be running three of our world-famous knitting courses in 2018, with inspiring knitwear designers and tutors Sarah Hazell, Marie Wallin and Lisa Richardson. You can see more about all our knitting tutors by clicking here.  

 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Write you life stories with Jo Parfitt

 

 

And we are also delighted to announce the return of Jo Parfitt, journalist, teacher, editor and publisher, with her stimulating week-long residential creative writing course How to write your life story. You can see more about Jo’s course by clicking here.

Then there are two yoga and meditation retreats next year, with newcomer Dina Sheldon and old friend Claire Murphy. You can see more about our yoga tutors by clicking here.

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

Enjoy a fantastic Italian language course

And last, but by no means least, another of our unique Italian language weeks, with Giulia Balestri from the prestigious Langues Services language school in Florence. You can see more about Giulia and the language course by clicking here.

And why not join the Early Birds and spend the Autumn, Winter and Spring dreaming of your Watermill holiday! Our Early Bird offer:

If you book before 31 December 2017 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on all our 2018 creative courses.  To enquire about availability and/or to reserve your place, please go to www.watermill.net, select your course and bedroom, then click on Booking Enquiry.

Or, if you prefer, email us on info@watermill.net

or call us (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246.

We already have some 90 booking for our 2018 courses, so now’s the time to make your booking and be assured of a place with a special tutor, your favourite bedroom, or a particular week. We’d love to welcome you here.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

A photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens.

Bring your partner or friend!

Why not bring your non-participating partner or friend as well? There’s a generous £GBP 250 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our suggestions by clicking here to visit our Partners’ Actvities page

Enjoy the Watermill, inside and out!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Here’ a rather good photo of a corner of The Watermill sitting room, taken by Dana Dodge, who was a guest on one of our recent knitting courses.

Notice the bust of Aphrodite on the chest of drawers? Well, she was kidnapped by painting tutor Maggie Renner Hellman and placed in the walled garden as a subject for painting. (She’s back in the siting room now!)

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Aphrodite kidnapped. A bust of the goddess, normally in the Watermill sitting room, placed artistically in the walled garden.

Other denizens in the garden include lots of bees, who particularly like the artichoke flowers. Here’s Dana’s picture of one of them.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

And here’s the entrancing entrance to the mill.

Dana Dodge mill entrane

Come and enjoy the mill inside and out yourself!

And don’t forget you’ve only another day or so to take advantage of our Early Early Bird offer.

We won’t be publishing details of our 2018 courses on our website until 1 September this year, but for those who want to book before that, our offer is: you can have a place on any of our 2018 creative courses at 2017 prices if you book before 1 September 2017. Please email me at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

Here’s the list of courses so far:

28 Apr-5 May 2018 Painting course Paul Talbot-Greaves

5-12 May 2018 Knitting course Sarah Hazell

12-19 May 2018 Painting course to be arranged

19-26 May 2018 Painting course Maggie Renner Hellman

26 May-2 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 1

2-9 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 2

9-16 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 1

16-23 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 2

23-30 Jun 2018 Yoga course Dina Sheldon

7-14 Jul 2018 Painting course Terry Jarvis

14-21 Jul 2018 Knitting course Marie Wallin

18-25 Aug 2018 Private retreat

25 Aug-1 Sep 2018 Yoga course Claire Murphy

1-8 Sep 2018 Painting course Nel Whatmore and Rebecca Mendonça

8-15 Sep 2018 Painting course Mike Willdridge

15-22 Sep 2018 Painting course Claire Warner

22-29 Sep 2018 Writing course Jo Parfitt

29 Sep-6 Oct 2018 Knitting course Lisa Richardson

6-13 Oct 2018 Painting course Vicki Norman

13-20 Oct 2018 Painting course Tim Wilmot

Most artists, writers, knitting designers and yoga teachers have their own websites, so you can see what they do by Googling them!And if you want to see what we are doing in 2017, please go to www.watermill.net.

You can see details of our bedrooms and their 2017 prices at http://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-costs17.php. The costs for knitting, writing and yoga weeks are the same.

Be an extra-early Early Bird and spend a year dreaming of your Watermill holiday!

Lois millstream 1 Mar 17 reduced and cropped

Another mouthwatering recipe from the Watermill: Tam’s banana loaf

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture Lara Breckon

Our erstwhile ‘Man Friday’ Tam Shepherd, who worked at the Watermill from May to July 2017, was a wow with our guests, not only for his cheerful personality and hard work, but also for the delicious cake he baked for us each week.

We’ve added it to the mouth-watering Watermill recipes that you can find on our Watermill Friends page (along with painting, writing, knitting and yoga tips and exclusive offers). You can become a Friend (it’s free!) by clicking here and registering.

Tam’s banana, hazelnut and dark chocolate loaf

  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g softened butter
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 75g chopped hazelnuts
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, riper the better
  • pinch of Demerara sugar

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Preheat the oven to 170°C and line the base and sides of a 20cm x 12cm loaf tin with baking parchment.

Beat the sugar and butter together until light coffee colour, then slowly add the eggs; this is best done using a hand whizzer.

Mix in the hazelnuts and flour.

Chop the bananas into small pieces and break up the chocolate using a food processor to leave you with some finely ground but mostly small bits; you don’t want many larger chunks (alternatively you can use chocolate chips).

Fold both in with the vanilla extract (careful not to over mix) and spoon into the tin. Sprinkle a small amount of Demerara sugar on top and bake for between an hour to an hour and 10 minutes (cover with foil if top starts to darken too quickly).

Once out the oven, let cool before cutting and serve with a cup of tea or coffee!

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Picture: Lydia Breckon

 

The Watermill August newsletter is just out…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.…with sneak previews of our new 2018 painting, creative writing, Italian language and knitting courses, and yoga and meditation retreats, together with fond memories of some of the courses earlier is year and great news for early Early Birds to bag a bargain 2018 course, and much else besides. Read all about it by clicking here – and come and join us to savour the magic of the Watermill.

Painting by Sarah Yeoman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.

The Watermill courtyard, by Sarah Yeoman

 

Last ten days for early Early Birds to snatch a bargain

Painting by Vicki Norman, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Sneak preview: a study of the nearby mountains by tutor Vicki Norman

We are working hard on updating the Watermill website to present to you full details of all the creative courses we will be running in 2018. Our webmaster, Les van Jaarsfeldt, is doing a marvellous job preparing all the pages which will tell you all about the courses and tutors and we expect to publish our 2018 website by beginning of September.

While we are waiting, we decided to make a unique offer for early Early Bird bookers: you can have a place on any of our 2018 creative courses at 2017 prices. But you must reserve your place by 1 September 2017, so you only have ten days or so left.

Please email Bill at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

Here’s the list of courses so far:

28 Apr-5 May 2018 Painting course Paul Talbot-Greaves

ainting by Paul Talbot Greaves, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Sneak preview: through the woods by Paul Talbot-Greaves

5-12 May 2018 Knitting course Sarah Hazell

12-19 May 2018 Painting course to be arranged

19-26 May 2018 Painting course Maggie Renner Hellman

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Out on location with Maggie in the glorious Tuscan countryside

26 May-2 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 1

2-9 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 2

9-16 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 1

16-23 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 2

23-30 Jun 2018 Yoga course Dina Sheldon

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Terry Jarvis demonstrating in the Watermill walled garden

7-14 Jul 2018 Painting course Terry Jarvis

Knit Judy and Jean show their work - square14-21 Jul 2018 Knitting course Marie Wallin

18-25 Aug 2018 Private retreat

Yoga in the Watermill studio

Yoga in the Watermill studio

25 Aug-1 Sep 2018 Yoga course Claire Murphy

1-8 Sep 2018 Painting course Nel Whatmore and Rebecca Mendonça

8-15 Sep 2018 Painting course Mike Willdridge

15-22 Sep 2018 Painting course Claire Warner

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Capture you memories!

22-29 Sep 2018 Writing course Jo Parfitt

29 Sep-6 Oct 2018 Knitting course Lisa Richardson

6-13 Oct 2018 Painting course Vicki Norman

13-20 Oct 2018 Painting course Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Most artists, writers, knitting designers and yoga teachers have their own websites, so you can see what they do by Googling them!

And if you want to see what we are doing in 2017, please go to www.watermill.net.

You can see details of our bedrooms and their 2017 prices at http://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-costs17.php. The costs for knitting, writing and yoga weeks are the same.

So why not join those extra-early Early Bird and spend a year dreaming of your Watermill holiday! We’d love to welcome you here. As we said, if you book now, you can have a place on any of our 2018 creative courses at 2017 prices. Please email Bill at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

Mill courtyard

An attractive offer for early Early Birds (it only lasts a few more weeks!)

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

It’s a great offer! Pass it on!

You’ve only a few more weeks to take up our unique offer for early Early Birds!

As we won’t be publishing all the details of our 2018 painting courses on our website until 1 September we decided that early Early Bookers can have a place on any of our 2018 creative courses at 2017 prices. You must reserve your place by 1 September 2017. Please email Bill at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

Here’s the list of courses so far:

28 Apr-5 May 2018 Painting course Paul Talbot-Greaves

5-12 May 2018 Knitting course Sarah Hazell

12-19 May 2018 Painting course to be arranged

19-26 May 2018 Painting course Maggie Renner Hellman

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Out on location in the glorious Tuscan countryside

26 May-2 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 1

2-9 Jun 2018 Painting course Sandra Strohschein 2

9-16 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 1

16-23 Jun 2018 Painting course Sarah Yeoman 2

23-30 Jun 2018 Yoga course Dina Sheldon

7-14 Jul 2018 Painting course Terry Jarvis

14-21 Jul 2018 Knitting course Marie Wallin

18-25 Aug 2018 Private retreat

25 Aug-1 Sep 2018 Yoga course Claire Murphy

1-8 Sep 2018 Painting course Nel Whatmore and Rebecca Mendonça

8-15 Sep 2018 Painting course Mike Willdridge

15-22 Sep 2018 Painting course Claire Warner

The Watermill at Posara for painting, sculpting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Capture you memories!

22-29 Sep 2018 Writing course Jo Parfitt

29 Sep-6 Oct 2018 Knitting course Lisa Richardson

6-13 Oct 2018 Painting course Vicki Norman

13-20 Oct 2018 Painting course Tim Wilmot

Painting by Tim Wilmot, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tim Wilmot’s impression of the riverside by The Watermill

Most artists, writers, knitting designers and yoga teachers have their own websites, so you can see what they do by Googling them!

And if you want to see what we are doing in 2017, please go to www.watermill.net.

You can see details of our bedrooms and their 2017 prices at http://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-costs17.php. The costs for knitting, writing and yoga weeks are the same.

So why not join those extra-early Early Bird and spend a year dreaming of your Watermill holiday! We’d love to welcome you here. As we said, if you book now, you can have a place on any of our 2018 creative courses at 2017 prices. Please email Bill at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

Mill courtyard