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Ian Fennelly CHATEAU LIFE sketching tour FRANCE in 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022:Thursday, July 7, 2022


Sketching 10 day tour: Staying in PARIS and then 6 nights in our very own private chateau in the Loire Valley. Come sketching with us and live the Fairytale. Peace, beauty, luxury, gourmet cuisine with organic food from the chateau walled garden, secret 4 star restaurants, French wines, swimming pool, splendid scenery and Paris sketching the iconic sites with Ian Fennelly!  And everything is INCLUDED in this one extraordinary price!

Join your tour manager, avid sketcher, historian and francophone Kate Stedman who has been taking tours to France for 20 years. She will escort you full time and entertain you with historical snippets and fun facts and stories for each place we visit.

The worst part will be leaving as we return North to Paris again. Staying 3 nights in our lovely chic hotel, we will sketch some iconic scenes for 2 days with Ian in this gorgeous city and then dine at one of Kate’s favourite local bistros for our Last Supper together.

All meals and accommodation are included throughout this 10 days.
In Paris let Kate take you around her favourite Paris haunts to sketch with Ian. We will be staying in our favourite little Left Bank St Germain des Pres hotel and we will escape any crowds together to sketch each day. We cater for people who love history, food, culture and learning a creative skill – or just like to explore new places in a fun group.


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6 nights in Chateau de la Carriere in the Loire Valley
June 28 we meet at Montparnasse train station in Paris to travel down as a group to spend 6 nights in our 19thC French Chateau de la Carriere immersed in 25 acres in the Loire Valley. We will wander around the exceptional property, sketch the walled garden, the parterre, the pepper-pot towers, the croquet lawn, the woodland, the vast rooms and salons etc. Endless vistas and time to just absorb it all. All meals are included as well as alcohol each day and lots of snacks and digestifs and aperitifs to keep the creative juices flowing!
We will dine locally one night in the tiny local village just down the road on the fine produce grown in our own chateau garden. 2 excursions to local sketch sites included in tour price
3 nights in Paris on the Left Bank in our boutique hotel

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COST:  all prices are in EUROS – to convert to your own currency click here to do the conversion:travel sketching Ian Fennelly 2022

10 days  from JUNE 28 – July 7 in 2022  (begins and ends in Paris)

3,350 EUROS  per person twin or double sharing a room
3,100 EUROS  Non-sketchers (must be sharing room with a sketcher)
570  EUROS  Single supp for solo travellers wanting their own room throughout the tour

Tour Inclusions:

  • all tour accommodation –  grand home chateau with ensuite bathrooms, all excursions, a swimming pool and boutique accommodation in our Parisian hotel on the Left Bank.
  • all transport whilst on tour
  • all meals  and wines included with dinners
  • all art tuition with Ian Fennelly ( 8 morning workshops)
  • tour manager services throughout

The tour begins in Paris when we meet you the morning of June 28 at  Montparnasse railway station to train down as a group (1 hour trip) and then be met and transferred to our chateau in the Loire Valley. Train departure time to be advised later.

The tour ends after breakfast on July 7 in Paris after breakfast in our hotel.


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BOOKING CONDITIONS & COVID: As the world is still so precarious at the moment we will not be taking deposits at this stage. PLEASE FILL OUT THIS BOOKING FROM HERE  so that you are in our booking system and the first people to register their interest with this booking form will get first option to book on the tour (as it may fill out fast once we ask for payments)
We will contact you as soon as we are sure the tour can reasonably go ahead and then we will ask for your payment or deposit. DO NOT ORGANISE FLIGHTS until you have checked with us or we have contacted you regarding the tour status.

If the tour cannot go ahead after your payment because of a French covid lockdown, we will be  refund you the entire cost of the tour before the tour departure.

Please note: If the country in which you live has a covid lockdown or prevents you from travelling then we may not be able to refund you the tour cost if we cannot replace your spot on the tour. (There is a certain element of Buyer Beware when booking for a tour as situations can change very suddenly so this is why we want to wait before we ask for a financial commitment to the tour)
We do require you to have travel cancellation insurance to protect you in regard to all other reasons why you cannot travel. * Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all participants on our tours.

PARIS PRE-TOUR:  We suggest you book a hotel the night of June 27  before the tour starts in Paris to be ready to travel to Montparnasse station to meet the group on June 28. We can help you with suggesations. (The Hotel Littre is a beautiful hotel and a short walk to Montparnasse station so you do not have to worry about traffic problems the morning of departure!)

ACTIVITY LEVEL: We will mostly be walking everywhere to sketch. Please ensure that you are fit and able to walk up to 2 kms easily (uphill sometimes) and climb stairs without problem

NON-SKETCHERS are most welcome on this tour too if they are sharing with a Sketcher. (Please note if two people share a room with twin beds there is a small supplement as many hotels charge for a larger room to accommodate two beds.)

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