Weeks Activities

Friday ~ Arrival

Refreshments on arrival.

Explore what will be your home for the week and get comfortable with your surroundings.

7.30 ~ Cocktail party in the Clock Bar.

The first opportunity for you to meet your fellow painters.

8.30 ~ Evening meal to be enjoyed together in the Garden.

This is the perfect time to get to know each other and share your interests about painting.

Day One ~ Saturday

7.30 to 9.00 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

9.30 ~ Painting together with the group.

1.30 ~ Lunch.

FREE TIME

Relax, continue painting or choose from one of the other afternoon activities.

7.30 ~ Cocktails in the Clock Bar.

8.30 ~ Dinner on the Garden Terrace.

Day Two ~ Sunday

7.30 to 9.30 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

9.30 ~ Painting together with the group.

1.30 ~ Lunch.

Special Picnic presented in the grounds of the Chateau by our chef.

FREE TIME

Relax, continue painting or choose from one of the other afternoon activities.

7.30 ~ Cocktails in the Clock Bar.

8.30 ~ Dinner on the Garden Terrace.

Day Three ~ Monday

7.30 ~ 9.00 Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

9.30 ~ Painting.

Paint together in a group or go off to your own beautiful location around the Chateau grounds.

1.30 ~ Lunch.

FREE TIME

Relax, continue painting or choose from one of the other afternoon activities.

7.30 ~ Cocktails in the Clock Bar.

8.30 ~ Dinner on the Garden Terrace.

Day Four ~ Tuesday

7.30 to 9.00 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

9.30 ~ Painting together with the group.

1.00 ~ Lunch.

2.00 ~ Trip to the City of Joan O’Arc, Orleans.*

Enjoy dinner and touring this ancient cities stunning cathedral, wonderful museum and beautiful shops.

Day Five ~ Wednesday

7.30 to 9.00 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

9.30 ~ Day trip to the beautiful city of Chartres.*

Bring along your sketch book or watercolours to sketch as we go.

Day Six ~ Thursday

7.30 to 9.00 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the Court Yard.

9.30 ~ Final touches.

Make the final touches to your painting or paintings.

1.30 ~ Lunch.

FREE TIME

Relax, continue painting or choose from one of the other afternoon activities.

6.00 ~ Exhibition.

Exhibition of Artists Work and end of week cocktail party in the Clock Bar.

8.30 ~ Dinner.

Day Seven ~ Friday Departure

7.30 to 9.00 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

Signing of Chateau de la Chesnaye Guest Book – Please!

11.00 ~ Departure.

Times to be confirmed for transportation.

Meals

Afternoon Activities

Light breakfast served every morning of fresh croissants, tea/coffee, juice, cereal, fresh fruit and yogurts.

Light lunch of salads and cold meats each day prepared by our French Chef and presented in a stunning surprise location on the grounds of the Chateau.

*Except – Lunch on the day trip to Chartres.

Dinner – Wholesome French cuisine will be prepared by our Chef with delicious wines selected from around the region to accompany and compliment the meal.

*Except – Dinner on the afternoon trip to Orleans and Day Trip to Chartres.

Dietary Needs – Please inform us if you have any Allergies or special dietary concerns.

The chateau, which is your home for the week, has beautiful spacious gardens for painting in the sunshine or cool shaded areas to enjoy reading a book while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine or champagne. The Honesty Bar is a popular feature with our previous quests allowing them to enjoy a range of refreshments and snacks at their leisure.

Take a stroll around the grounds or cycle to experience the beautiful French countryside. Bring your sketch book along and sketch the beautiful scenery as you go.

The Chateau has its own outdoor Jacuzzi for your leisure, best enjoyed at the end of a long days painting or after a workout. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets are available for your use.

The Studio will remain open all day for your convenience if you feel like getting out of the sun for the afternoon. A still-life will be set up to paint or draw.

Take a quiet moment in our private Chapel to reflect on your day. Life gets so overwhelming at times that we forget to give ourselves a chance to rejuvenate.

WIFI is provided in Reception Area for when you need to connect to the world again.

Activities

Painting Retreat

Experience the inspiration of Monet while painting in the countryside en plain air. Painting without instruction, you can explore your own creativity with confidence. Listen to your artistic instincts, and take pleasure in the feeling of immersing yourself into your painting and enjoying the process, without interruption.

We will provide you with all the materials you need to enjoy your painting retreat. Select from Oils, Watercolours or Acrylics. Feel free to bring along your favourite brushes.

Visit to Orleans

On Tuesday afternoon we will tour the city of Orleans, of the famous Jeanne d’Arc, who has remained a popular figure in literature, painting, sculpture and other cultural works since the time of her death in 1431. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants after shopping or touring the numerous Heritage sites such as the Musee des Beaux Arts, the Cathedral Ste-Croix or the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc.

Visit to Chartres

On Wednesday we will take a full day to enjoy the beautiful city of Chartres. With many attractions and a rich history, you will have much to entertain you. Chartres offers shopping, markets, restaurants and visits to Musee des Beaux-Arts or Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres). The evening will end with Chartres En Lumieres, a light show which is magical and cannot be missed.