About us

The watermill at Posara, Tuscany, ItalyThe watermill at Posara, Tuscany, Italy.

We specialise in relaxing, inspiring, fun-filled painting holidays and creative writing courses. We also offer unique self-catering holiday accommodation in three self-contained apartments. The mill has been beautifully restored and furnished and all the bright, well decorated bedrooms enjoy lovely views over the river, the gardens or the mountains.

Our beautiful and historic watermill stands beside the River Rosaro in the small village of Posara. Peaceful and secluded, yet part of the village, the mill is just a mile or so from the walled medieval town of Fivizzano with its cafés, restaurants and shops. This is the heart of Lunigiana, in the North-west of Tuscany.

Painting holidays at the watermill in TuscanyPainting holidays

Our relaxing, inspiring and fun-filled painting courses with hand-picked internationally renowned tutors are designed to help both experienced painters and beginners to release their talent and most of all, enjoy their painting. We offer courses in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and other media.

The courses run from Saturday to Saturday and we usually spend the first day or so painting around the mill, followed by excursions to the hills (olive groves and mountain views), to the medieval walls of Fivizzano and the castle and village of Verrucola for lots of en plein air experience. There’s also a visit to the walled city of Lucca or the fishing villages of the Cinque Terre.

Creative writing courses at the watermill in TuscanyCreative writing courses

The Watermill at Posara is the ideal place for an inspirational writing course. Set in a beautiful valley in Lunigiana, Tuscany’s unspoilt corner, the mill provides the perfect environment for focusing on your writing without the distractions of everyday life. Our sympathetic tutors will share with you the secrets of writing success and what publishers are looking for. And after a hard day’s work you can slip into holiday mode with wonderful food, good company and relaxing surroundings.

Our intimate creative writing courses (for 10 or so students) are designed to help both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced writers. Your tutor will give you a one-on-one tutorial during your stay as well as feedback on your work.

knitting Holidays at the watermill in TuscanyKnitting holidays

La Bella Vita means ‘The Good Life’ in Italian and that’s just what you’ll be savouring when you take one of our wonderfully relaxing and inspiring week-long knitting holidays in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. You’ll work on projects from top designers at the watermill and you’ll also be knitting at a privately owned ex-monastery and in the grounds of a fabulous hill-top restaurant. You will be treated to an all-day excursion to the beautiful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre and enjoy a morning’s ramblings through the market at the nearby walled medieval town of Fivizzano.

You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning new knitting techniques and tips from our tutors… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

 blog-about-apart15Self-catering holiday apartments

At the historic Watermill at Posara, Italy, our three self-catering holiday apartments can cater for everyone, from honeymooners to large, extended families. If members of your party want a private bathroom we have extra bedrooms available, with en suite bathrooms.  In the whole of the mill we can sleep just two, or up to 18 people. The three spacious self-contained holiday apartments have been created around the courtyard. All of them have elegant living rooms, well furnished bedrooms with comfy beds, well equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms.


Lois and Bill Breckon

So, whether you’re a painter, writer, knitter or someone who just wants to enjoy unspoilt rural Tuscany, we look forward to welcoming you to our very special part of Italy.