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




  1. That’s all marvellous but how good is the tuition?? If I’m right in saying you are offering a painting holiday with tuition? For me the quality of the tuition would be a priority. All the other inclusive luxuries you can shop around for with other package holiday deals if you want them. But if you are going on a “painting” holiday, the quality of the instruction for me would be absolutely all important.

    • Dear Camilla. Thanks you for your thoughtful comment. We believe our tuition is second-to-none and if you go to and then to the tutors’ pages in the various sections (painting, writing, knitting and so on), you’ll see plenty of praise for them. Even better, come and experience a Watermill creative course yourself! You’ll love the tuition. With best wishes Bill

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