Archives for October 2015

That yellow flower in the garden – it’s an artichoke!

Flavio pergola Oct 15

Earlier this month we posted the picture above of these lovely yellow flowers bringing Autumn colour to our garden, but we confessed that neither we nor our gardener Flavio Terenzoni (who took the photo) knew their name. Watermill guest Bob Milton has, however, provided the answer: they are Jerusalem artichokes. And they are foreign invaders, just like the bamboos that crowd by the riverside below the mill.

And, of course they don’t come from Jerusalem and they are not artichokes, although they are in the same botanical family. When first discovered by Europeans, in North America, the plant was called girasole, sunflower in Italian – and it is in the same genus as the common-or-garden sunflower. Girasole transmuted into Jerusalem.

We’ve been seeing Jerusalem artichokes in the shops and markets this Autumn – and we’ve been roasting them with other vegetables – delicious. So they are lovely to look at and good to eat, a great combination.

We can promise you wonderful flowers all season round in the Watermill gardens, lovingly maintained by Flavio – and you’ll even get to eat nasturtium and borage flowers in our salads.

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And here’s another photograph by Flavio of  the flower of a proper (globe) artichoke in our gardem, providing sustenance for the bees.

Flavio bee flower

So, please come and see for yourselves and join us on one of our creative courses — painting, knitting, Italian language, yoga and meditation – next year. We’d love to welcome you here. You can find more details of all our courses by clicking here.

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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Red awning, yellow awning: some new pictures from Lea

Painting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Did you ever try that tongue twister where you say ‘red lorry, yellow lorry’ three times quickly? Before you know where you are your mouth is full of red lollies and yerrow lorries!

Thoughts of this were brought to mind recently when Watermill painting tutor Lea Nixon sent us images of some of his latest paintings, including the one called Red Awning, above. I remembered an early picture of Lea’s called Yellow awning, which adorns his page on the Watermill painting website:

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

We’ve plenty of coloured awnings in the towns and villages surrounding the mill – and plenty of colourful umbrellas at the mill itself, so why not come and paint them with Lea on this watercolour week here next July?

A scene in the market in nearby Fivizzano, by Watermill guest Sandra Pearce

A scene in the market in nearby Fivizzano, by Watermill guest Sandra Pearce

Lea Nixon is an exceptional watercolour painter from Wigan in the north-west of England for whom mood, character and atmosphere are particularly important.  The magic of watercolours excites him again and again. He has been a school teacher for the past 30 years in art and music, so creativity is in his blood – and he likes nothing more than to help others to achieve their artistic goals. Lea says: “There are many different styles and ways to paint a picture and your own personal style defines you as an artist. I like to spot the originality in my students and work with them to develop their skills. It is fantastic fun.” 

Lea’s course at The Watermill is for all levels of experience. He says: “We’ll learn about all the qualities to make a good watercolour and I’ll give you a procedure which will simplify the whole painting process. It’s a brilliant journey to take and I can’t wait to get started. Watercolour is a captivating medium and there are so many ways to use it to make beautiful pictures.”

Lea Nixon head and shoulders Saturday 25 June to Saturday 2 July 2016

Lea Nixon Watercolours

To find out more about Lea and his course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Here’s another recent watercolour Lea sent us, of La Nurcia in Spain:

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

 

Capturing the joys of nature (and people) with Janie

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

Janie’s painting All is safely gathered in.

We never cease to be amazed at the fantastic results of our new Watermill tutor Janie Pirie‘s  work with coloured pencils, like that bunch of grapes above. Janie called the work All is safely gathered in and the grapes are so irresistible it makes you ant to reach out and touch one.

We can’t offer you fresh grapes to eat, or draw, on Janie’s course at The Watermill next May – it’s probably a good six month’s too early for the 2016 vendemmia!

Sharon tuscan wild flowersBut we can offer you wonderful spring flowers, in the mill gardens and the wonderful surrounding countryside of Lunigiana – and Janie’s inspirational teaching. So why not join us? There’s a special Early Bird booking discount is you reserve your place now.

Janie Pirie must be unique among painting tutors by being a double Gold Medallist of the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society! It reflects her love of plants, and of drawing them. Her work is now exhibited worldwide and she teaches in the UK and USA – using only coloured pencils.

Although enjoying much success with her plant illustrations and botanical paintings, Janie also draws beautiful portraits (like the Tibetan Shepherd below) and still lifes. You’ll have an opportunity to practice all this on her week-long course, as well as visiting stunning locations in the beautiful scenery around the watermill.

Pirie Tibetan Shephperd

Janie will take you through every stage of the process to achieve the very best results, from first observation to the creation of a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Her course is ideal for beginners and intermediates. Here’s a comment from one of her students: Everyone always finishes Janie’s courses on such a high, inspired and eager to create more beautiful paintings with real passion.” Another said: “Janie is extremely helpful, a wonderful, stimulating tutor, always ready to offer advice and support.”

Everything is included in the cost of your holiday at the watermill: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including meals with wine at charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest!

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie  Painting plants with coloured pencils

To find out more about Janie and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

 Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

 

A Summer painting to brighten your November days

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

Here’s a Summery watercolour by Watermill tutor Sarah Yeoman of a flowery window in the village of Monte dei Bianchi near the mill, where we go out to paint during our week-long painting holidays. It looks like this:Caroline Chapman Monte 2

And after painting, with bright windows, sunny arches, vineyards and mountains….

Doug painters at Monte dei Bianchi

…it’s off to lunch at the nearby gourmet restaurant Al Vecchio Tino, with stunning views over the Apuan Alps:

Macfie Vecchio Tino

Sarah Yeoman will be back with us for TWO weeks next year and you can, of course, come for one or the other  – or for both glorious weeks! More details below and of our  Early Bird discount offer. Sarah is an award-wining American watercolour artist whose mastery of reflections, unique surface layers, and unusual perspective sets her apart from the crowd. She is also a very talented teacher, who brings out the best in her students, recognising their unique talents. Sarah loves The Watermill. She says: “It’s a magical place to paint, the facilities, the food and wine, the glorious light and hosts Bill and Lois certainly have created the top workshop destination in Tuscany.”

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

The Watermill courtyard, by Sarah Yeoman

And some comments from a guest last year: Many artists are successful in producing paintings, but not all are true teachers. Sarah has the ability to demonstrate confidently, withholding none of her ‘secrets’, to encourage students and gently give suggestions for improvement.” And another said:  “Don’t think I have ever been ‘spoiled’ so much! Your Retreat at the Watermill is Paradise, AND then there is the FOOD and wine, and then there are the OUTINGS, and then there is the Tutorship of Sarah, and THEN the helpfulness of you all….WOW!”

As we said above, Sarah will be here for two glorious weeks and you can come on either or both. But hurry, we already have 10 booking for Sarah’s first week (room for two more)  and three for the second, so now is the time to reserve your place.

Sarah Yeoman head and shouldersJune to 11 June 2016 AND 11 June to 18 June 2016

Sarah Yeoman Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her courses at the mill and to see more of her pictures. To enquire about current availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

***Don’t forget our special Early Bird offer: If you book Sarah’s or any of our 2016 painting courses before 31 December 2015, there a £ (GBP) 75 discount.***

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

A painting by Sarah Yeomann of the river which flows beside the mill.

A striking watercolour from Watermill painting student Chris Franklin

Blog Frankline RiomaggioreProfessor Chris Franklin, on his second visit to the Watermill for a painting course, has just sent us a striking watercolour he began at the Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore, which he visited during his painting week here. He’s just finshed it at home. Thank you for sharing this with us, Chris. I love the winding path that leads you into the picture. Chris is obviously inspired by the villages of the Cinque Terre. Last time he was here he painted another village there. Manarola:

Chris Franklin Manarola

You, too, can choose to visit the Cinque Terre during your pating week at The Watermill. On Wednesdays you have a choice of either going there or to the wonderful walled city of Lucca. Here’s a great watercolour of one of the squares there by one of our tutors, Charles Sluga:

Painting by Charles Sluga, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays, Tuscany Italy.Why not come and be inspired yourself, not only by these wonderful places, but also by all the stunning locations for painting around the watermill and in the unspoilt Tuscan countryside surrounding us? Here’s a list of our 2016 painting courses, with links to more details about our tutors – and some of their stunning pictures.

Janie Pirie head and shoulders14 May to 21 May 2016

Janie Pirie Painting plants with coloured pencils.

Please click here to learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Sarah Yeoman head and shoulders4 June to 11 June 2016 AND 11 June to 18 June 2016

Sarah Yeoman Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shoulders18 June to 25 June 2016

Sandra Strohschein Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

 Lea Nixon head and shoulders25 June to 2 July 2016

Lea Nixon Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped more2 July to 9 July 2016 Terry Jarvis Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

 

Brett head and shoulders cropped9 July to 16 July 2016

Amanda Brett Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINAL27 August to 3 September 2016

Mike Willdridge Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching

Please click here to learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures.

 

Laraine Simpson head and shoulders3 September to 10 September 2016

Laraine Simpson Oils, pastels, watercolour etc.

Please click here to learn more about Laraine, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

Lisa Fu head and shoulders24 September to 1 October 2016

Lisa Fu Watercolours

Please click here to learn more about Lisa, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

 

How to book a 2016 painting holiday or find out more

If you’d like to book or find out more, please click here to visit our Painting Holidays website.  Or use our secure Painting Holidays Enquiry Form by clicking here. Or call us on (UK number) +44 (0)207 193 6246

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

It’s an ill-wind –or sketch while you wait, by Mike Willdridge

Sketch by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Our watermill painting tutor and good friend Mike Willdridge and his wife Susan held a really successful painting course at The Watermill this Autumn, but on their way home…

Mike reports: “Sue and I loved our two weeks at the Watermill this year but, sadly, all good things must come to an end. And they did with a bump when we had a six hour delay at Pisa airport, the day after leaving you, due to a thunderstorm and dodgy air conditioning in the aircraft (‘rain got into the system’?). “But every cloud has a silver lining. Six hours shut up in a room with lots of others is, of course, a great opportunity to get some drawing underway – captive audience/built in models etc. I’ve patched together some of the sketchbook drawing that helped to keep me sane during that period.”

Sketch by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Well, we hope it won’t happen to you (it seldom does at Pisa airport) and we’d be delighted to welcome you here for Mike’s sun-filled, fun-filled inspirational course here next year.

There’s be many more tranquui scenes like this:Mike’s watercolour of the millstream overflow bubbling into the river:

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

Mike new head and shoulders FINALMike Willdridge will be with us from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.

Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.

Some comments from our guests on his previous courses at The Watermill, many of whom were returning for another inspiring week at the watermill:  “Thank-you so much for a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed it very much. You were such generous and friendly hosts and Mike was an excellent painting tutor. The food was exceptional and, of course, the mill itself is great and in such a beautiful setting.”  “Thank you for yet another delightful holiday. So many special aspects to enjoy.  I just loved it.” 

Early Bird discount: book now! 

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday. To find out more about Mike and his course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here. 

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

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

 

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We’ve opened up a second knitting week for Sarah – by popular demand!

Knit busy group 1 reducedWe are delighted to announce that Sarah Hatton’s first knitting holiday week at the Watermill is now full. We have 11 participants eager to learn more with Sarah, work through her lovely projects (see below) – and, of course, enjoy la bella vita italiana at the Watermill.

So we’ve opened up a SECOND week with Sarah, from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June 2016 – and we’ve already got one booking on this new week. So if you’d like to come, NOW really is the time to book, to make sure of a place – and to take advantage of our Early Bird booking discount. (See below.)

Sarah has designed to projects especially for her week-long courses here. First, a soft lace scarf project, which will help you understand how eyelet lace is formed; Sarah will also cover short row shaping, beading and knitted on edges. (The lace image above is an ‘inspiration’ shot and you will be making your lace scarf using the beautiful Rowan Fine Art yarn)

Hatton lace project

The second project is an Aran cable classic project (below). If you have always wanted to tackle the classic Aran sweater but were terrified to start the second project aims to ease your way into working cables.Hatton cable project

Note: All the yarn for these projects will be provided free of charge. You will only need to bring 3.25mm needles, pencil, eraser (and reading glasses if needed!)

Sarah Hatton is a designer for the Rowan Yarns and also teaches knitting classes worldwide. She learnt to knit as a child and has always been passionate about fashion. After gaining a degree in fashion design she began working in the handknit industry and has done so for over 15 years. She is also an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor and as well as helping you to make those two great projects, Sarah will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Sarah Hatton head and shoulders28 May to 4 June 2016

Sarah Hatton 2 Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill.

 

Don’t forget our Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 knitting holiday.

 

A warm welcome back to inspirational Australian artist Terry Jarvis

Painting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.After three years of absence, we’re delighted to welcome back to the mill Australian artist Terry Jarvis for a week-long painting course in watercolours.*  It will run from Saturday 2 July to Saturday 9 July 2016. Terry is one of Australia’s leading watercolour artists and a great fan of the watermill and the surrounding area of Lunigiana. That’s Terry above, demonstrating under the Watermill’s rose pergola.

* Terry works in oils, pastels and acrylics, as well as watercolours, and is happy to teach in those media too.

Here’s an atmospheric watercolour of the Apuan Alps near the mill. Terry says: “The villages cling to the ridges of the mountains, frozen in time for centuries. You must get out the paints and lift a brush!

Terry Terenzano

Terry Jarvis painting cropped moreThe son of a goldminer, Terry was inspired at an early age to draw and paint the landscape, as well as people and animals. He now exhibits widely and is a popular tutor at workshops around the world. He loves drawing and helping his students to develop their drawing skills.Here’s what one guest on Terry’s previous course at the watermill had to say: “Terry Jarvis was superb with people, very positive and very relaxed. I’ve been on painting holidays before and learned nothing but Terry was great. When you got stuck he’d come along with a smile – and a brush – and bring your picture to life. He wasn’t afraid to criticise your work, but he had a really positive attitude, which helped you to improve.”

 Here’s Terry’s picture of Market Day in out nearby walled Medieval town of Fivizzano He says: “A captivating part of the week during a watermill painting holiday, when you meet the locals in the square by an incredible 16th Century Fountain. Just straight out of the movies! While I am there I love to buy a big bunch of flowers for the watermill.”

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

Terry rose demo POV2 July to 9 July 2016

Terry Jarvis Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

Please click here to learn more about Terry and his course at the mill.

 

Early Bird discount: book now!

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

 

First pictures of Sarah’s Watermill knitting projects

Hatton lace projectThe Watermill’s inspiring new knitting tutor Sarah Hatton has just sent us pictures about the two projects she has specially designed for you to make during your week-long knitting holiday here next May. There’s a lovely, soft lace scarf (The lace image above is an ‘inspiration’ shot  and you will be making your lace scarf using the beautiful Rowan Fine Art yarn) and the second project is an Aran cable classic  project (below). Hatton cable project

The lace project will help you understand how eyelet lace is formed; Sarah will also cover short row shaping, beading and knitted on edges. And, if you have always wanted to tackle the classic Aran sweater but were terrified to start the second project aims to ease your way into working cables.

Note: All the yarn for these projects will be provided free of charge. You just bring your knitting needles: 4.5mm, 5mm and 6mm, and 6mm cable needle. You will only need to bring 3.25mm needles, pencil, eraser and reading glasses if needed.

Sarah Hatton is a designer for the Rowan Yarns and also teaches knitting classes worldwide. She learnt to knit as a child and has always been passionate about fashion. After gaining a degree in fashion design she began working in the handknit industry and has done so for over 15 years. She is also an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor and as well as helping you to make those two great projects, Sarah will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Sarah Hatton head and shoulders21 May to 28 May 2016

Sarah Hatton Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill.

*** We already have ten bookings for Sarah’s course, so there’s only one place left! If you are keen to grab that place, please click here and use our Secure Knitting Holiday Enquiry Form.

And don’t forget our Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 knitting holiday.

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A novel approach to learning Italian, for all levels of ability

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Here’s a question a lot of people have been asking about The Watermill’s Italian Language course: Is it suitable for all levels of ability in speaking Italian? And the answer? An emphatic Yes!  So come and join us next May (more details below).

Language bertrand-schwartz1This is because of the special approach of our colleagues from the prestigious language school in Florence, Langues Services. Its philosophy and method are inspired by the work of Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, the educationalist who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, proposing an approach that develops not only theoretical knowledge but practical know-how as well. The aim is to enhance the personal qualities of each student, tailoring the teaching to their needs and ambitions and establishing mutual, active and confident relationships, where the student is the true protagonist in the course. The motto is ‘action first, knowledge after.’

Language FrancescaYour teacher/tutor, Francesca La Sala, explains the core of their approach: “Our aim is to make the learning process as natural as possible; so imagine, when you’re abroad and you deal with a ordinary situation – whether it’s buying something or having a lovely dinner with a group of new friends – you won’t divide people depending on their knowledge of a language: you’ll try to pick words, meanings, maybe comparing sounds; you’ll use your primary senses to try and understand; your effort to observe and listen will be at its best, you’ll use your intuition, your imagination and your memory; and if someone sitting next to you at a table doesn’t understand when you do, you’ll translate for them: and that word or that phrase will remain in your memory more than a thousand others repeated by heart reading a grammar book alone in your house.” 

italian market panorame Francesca adds: “Mixing up different levels can be a powerful resource, where those who know more will be encouraged to be active and ‘teach’ what they know to those who know less, thus becoming more confident and assimilating their skills; and those who know less are motivated to push themselves forward. Mixing up different levels/people makes the course more creative, less unyielding, more realistic! “When we do the ‘formal’ lessons (about 20 hours during the week), you’ll be divided in small homogeneous teams, so that we can cover a certain grammar issue at different levels and from different points of view, but still the lessons will be held all together.

The lessons will be very interactive anyway, you’ll be asked to be the very protagonists in the ‘formal’ lessons too. To guarantee the highest quality of the teaching/learning process, the group won’t have more than 12 participants.”
How will we find out about you and your needs? Francesca says: “As soon as every participant books the course, they’ll be asked to fill a form, a sort of CV of your knowledge of the Italian language, to find not only about the Italian courses you took and understand your level, but also to learn about the kind of ‘relationship’ you have with the Italian language, and your interests and hobbies… so that I can prepare a course plan that suits your needs and expectations. Of course many things will be changed, improved and decided together, once we meet at The Watermill, and start to know each other.”

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

Sounds inspiring. We can’t wait to meet everybody – and improve our Italian, too!
The next week-long Italian language course will run from Saturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016 and you can find more details by clicking here.

A comment from one of last year’s guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ” real Italy” Francesca was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. For a teacher to be ” on duty” from 8.30am until bedtime – teaching us in each situation – must have been exhausting yet she kept her sense of fun throughout. The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

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