You will never leave your painting holiday at Perigord Retreats feeling hungry! Every day starts with a selection from our freshly prepared breakfast range, delicious lunches made from local produce and a gourmet dinner every evening cooked by your hosts. Our supplies are all locally sourced and meals are freshly prepared daily. A wide range of wine and locally produced alcohol is included.
Angela and Adrian are your hosts for your painting holiday at Perigord Retreats. Born and bred in the countryside, they understand nature and the beauty of living a rural life. Whilst they are both of English origin, they took the decision to transfer their whole lives to rural France. Having spent the last 36 years together, they are both best friends as well as a happily married couple.
With their focus on hospitality and customer service they know how to make people happy and how to maximise their enjoyment by embracing what is on offer here.
An accomplished chef and a superb hostess, Angela knows how to provide a feast at every meal. Trained by local chefs, she knows how to produce exquisite food using locally sourced products and will pander to your every food whim with a focus on French and Mediterranean cuisine. Any specialist dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. Everything from a simple breakfast to a last night dinner will be enjoyed by all. She can always be found in the kitchen or out enjoying the garden planning more menus or excursions for you to enjoy.
Having spent the last twenty years driving through France, Adrian has extensive knowledge of the road systems, routes and knows his way to all the out of the way places that you will find interesting to draw and paint. The big tourist attractions will be found with good access to parking and ways of delivering you, the artists directly to the site then a minimum walk back to our transport.
He takes great pride in the gardens and grounds and makes sure that there is a good display of flowers and shrubs in all seasons. The artisan designed seating areas are all well maintained and provide opportunities for sitting the shade or out in full sun. Take your easel and paint or sketch wherever you like. You may be joined by one of the guinea fowl that wander through the fields or one of our laying hens.
Adrian will encourage you in a game of petanque or croquet, or perhaps you may just want to talk, sit or wander.
A university graduate Harrison brings another dimension to your Perigord Retreat experience. Fully bilingual and more than familiar with every destination you could possibly want to visit, Harrison will educate you all in the facts and backgrounds of your chosen sites. He could work for the tourist office but prefers to work with our clients so they can fully appreciate the sites we visit. His knowledge of the area is superb.
Having played basketball for England and currently as a semi- professional, he will regale you with tales of his experiences and give a youthful perspective of living life here in the Dordogne/Lot regions. He may also be found in the garden and grounds, sat on the mower or strimmer keeping everything looking good.
An effective and bilingual host, Chloe will do her best to make sure your stay is complete in every way. She understands each client and artist has different requirements and expectations and it is her role to make sure that when you finally depart, you have been fully satisfied. She has expert local knowledge and can advise you where to walk, where to buy gifts, where to catch a glimpse of nature and point out interesting facts within the gardens and grounds.
Chloe with her culinary skills assists with meal preparation and serving. As a qualified beauty therapist, she is always on hand for a pedicure or other treatments and is an integral part to the success of Perigord Retreats.