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Book your 2019 painting holiday and get a special early bird discount!
Dates for our fun, creative holidays in 2019 have just been announced and for those who book before Jan 31, 2019, there’s a 10% early bird discount.

Painting and drawing holidays at Le Choisel are structured to enable you to gain the most opportunities to explore different mediums and genre, but also flexible enough to try and accommodate specific elements that our artist guests would like to explore (these need to be outlined in advance). 


















Activities will include both studio work and sketching and painting on location, making the most of the incredible and varied scenery around the area from ancient castles and abbey to tranquil lakes and rivers. 
















The groups are small (maximum of 8) to enable you to enjoy personal attention and tuition from resident artist Angela Birchall.

















Angela is an experienced artist and teacher and currently works in oils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, pencil and charcoal, and is passionate about teaching people to draw. She has regular art classes here at Le Choisel, and also does paid commissions. 



















On the drawing and painting holidays, she will lead classes, work with you as you sketch on location, and then help you turn sketches into finished studies.
   
Drawing and painting holidays for 2019 are:
April 28 – May 4 
May 26 – June 1 
June 23 – June 29 
September 1 - 7
October 6-13

  To check availability or book your place, contact: [email protected]
Le Choisel is run by sisters, ​​​​​​​​​​Caroline Murphy and Angela Birchall, who moved to Normandy from England in December 2014.
 
"We have turned this traditional Norman farmhouse into a holiday venue where we can host a variety of tutored holidays and day courses drawing on our careers and areas of expertise."
 
Caroline has extensive knowledge from 30 years in the international wine and spirits industry: "I will be combining that with my passion for international cuisine gained from travels in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, to host our wine tasting and food and wine matching courses."
 
Angela’s career and passions have combined art and design with factual and creative writing, being both practitioner and teacher: "I will be leading courses in painting, drawing and creative writing as well as giving formal tuition on the English language immersion courses."
 
Warm welcome for solo women travellers
"Having travelled extensively on both business and pleasure trips, we appreciate the issues faced by women travelling alone, so we wanted to make sure Le Choisel was particularly welcoming for them, and we do not charge single supplements."
 
Ideal for academic or creative writing retreats
"We have many years of experience in teaching and learning, especially in adult education, including both post-graduate research supervision in English universities and preparation for professional qualifications. Therefore, we understand the pressures academics or creatives are working under and provide a sympathetic and supportive environment for you on writing retreats."
PaintersOnline portfolio:  ​​​​​​​​​​ http://www.painters-online.co.uk/artist/AngelaLeChoisel
Life at Choisel in pictures
Delight in discovering  untasted grape variety with hint of new wood and orange thyme
​​​​​​​​​​​By Caroline Murphy,

Having spent 30+ years in the wine industry it’s a lovely surprise when I come across ​​​​​​​a grape variety that I have not tasted before! Chasan is the variety from the Coteaux de Beziers, thought to be a crossing of Listan and Chardonnay back in 1958 by Frenchman Paul Truel.

It is a permitted variety able to be planted in every wine region bar Alsace, but as yet it has only found its way to the Languedoc region where it is still grown in small quantities.

So what does it taste like? If you like Viognier
from this part of the world this wine is for you.
In appearance it is mid-gold in colour with
reasonable legs from the 13.5% ABV. The nose
gives a floral, almost honeyed, character with
hints of new wood and orange thyme coupled
with a mineral element. On the palate it’s dry,
with acidity on the lower side of good and the
floral elements from the nose being joined by
a faint tang of orange marmalade. The new
wood comes through on the back palate with
a good finish.

Interested by what I have been describing,
and would like to find out more?
Well join us on one of our wine tasting
courses. I look forward to meeting you
and sharing a glass, CHEERS! SANTÉ!