Creative Holidays & Courses


Writing Courses and Retreats

Writing retreats and nurturing creative writing courses, and mentoring to motivate, inspire, and guide you on your writer’s journey. Read more ››

Food & Wine

Cooking, Baking & Wine Courses

Cooking, baking, wine-tasting classes and in-depth courses to suit both your interests and tastes. We produce fine French, Spanish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for carnivores and vegetarians. We expand your stay with visits to farmer’s markets, artisans and vineyards. Read more ››



Whether you’ve only dreamed of painting a field of sunflowers while sipping a crisp sauvignon blanc under the beautiful Loire Valley sun, or you’re a seasoned painter looking for a new challenge, fresh subjects, or to learn new skills, our painting experiences offer it all. Read more ››


Photography Courses

Learn how to take more meaningful photographs while taking in the sights, smells and flavours of the Loire Valley in France. You love snapping photos any chance you get, but you feel your photographs lack that little something to take them from "good enough" to “fantastic”. Read more ››

Misse @ the Beach

Weekend Breaks

We offer several opportunities throughout the year for you to escape to our French country house for a long relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. Whatever the theme, all our weekends feature our wonderful inspiring setting, superb food and warm hospitality. Come be our guest. Read more ››

What Our Visitors Are Saying

  • Susan - Writing Retreat - October 2013

  • Christine, Bob, Tracy & Dave - A Cook Begins & Prepares - October 2013

  • Jane - A Writer Begins - September 2012

  • Terry - A Writer Prepares - May 2012

  • Carl & Karin, Kristina & Gustav - Wine & Food Weekend - November 2012

  • Deborah - A Writer Progresses - June 2013


Daily Zest - Test identifier -