January Courses

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Painting Course - 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th January

Each painting course consists of four 3-hour sessions. Colourful fishing boats, crystalline waters, white washed old houses on narrow cobble stones streets, wrapped in magnificent light makes Algarve an artist’s dream spot. Beginner or experienced artists will benefit from such an inspiration which will be guided by the experienced instructor Manuela Vale on a one to one basis with an introduction lecture to the relevant points on painting on location. Special attention will be placed on perspective, hue, colour temperature and above all light. 180 Euros per person. If you choose to have materials included (canvas board, and acrylics) it will be an additional 20 Euros. Special rate for overnight accommodation - 21 Euros per person per night sharing twin landview room to include breakfast

Introduction to Portuguese Wine Course -15th and 16th January

Wine experts now agree that the quality of Portuguese wines have vastly improved over the last decade. Come and decide for yourself . Whether you simply drink or taste wine this course is for you. The course consists of two 4 hour sessions including lunch – this will be an excellent opportunity to combine the wines with food. A team of wine buffs from WineMine, an established local wine company, will guide you through the finer points of Portuguese wines including A brief history of Portuguese wine making - Tasting techniques and other tips for enjoying wine - The Portuguese table wines, districts and grapes; Port wine – the Portuguese legacy….Madeira and Moscatel. By the end of the course a total of 16 table wines and ports will be tasted aiding your understanding and enriching your experience Each day we will be tasting the wines on their own and then with lunch giving you a chance to put your new skills to the test. 105 Euros per person (Includes tasting wines, two lunches and a course certificate) Special rate for overnight accommodation - 21 Euros per person per night sharing twin landview room to include breakfast.

Garden Design and Appreciation Course 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th January

Alan Mason is a former Gardens Manager to the Queen’s cousin at Harewood House in Yorkshire and has presented gardening programmes on TV and radio for over 20 years. Since 1987 Alan has run his own Garden Design business (now with Marylyn) and is considered to be one of Europe’s top garden designers.Marylyn Webb was for 17 years, Senior presenter and producer at Yorkshire Television, specialising in News, Current Affairs and the Environment. She agreed to make a gardening series at Harewood House and that led to a name change as she is now Marylyn Mason. For 10 years Alan and Marylyn ran their own TV production company where they made gardening programmes from Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland.The course will look at the changing styles of gardens throughout Europe and history. It will show how and why fashions have come and gone. There will be instruction on garden design, looking at the “bone structure” of a garden, the creation of rooms and the decoration of them. The use of plants to create different styles and atmospheres will be explored. Examples will be given from some of the best gardens throughout Europe, both large and small. We will look at how to add value to a property and to make it more desirabe and saleable. There will be an opportunity to develop thoughts, ideas and schemes for participants own gardens with Al an and Marylyn. After this course, Alan and Marylyn will be available throughout January and February to offer garden design consultations for clients. It is also hoped that a series of instructive local garden visits can be arranged. 140 Euros per person. Special rate for overnight accommodation - 21 Euros per person per night sharing twin landview room to include breakfast.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to book your place.

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