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Erin Hill Summer Sketching in the French Alps


Join our wonderful hosts Nikki and Hugh and enjoy their superb cuisine and beautifully restored chalet whilst sketching each day with artist Erin Hill amidst the most stunning backdrop imaginable.

Starts at the chalet in Naves the evening of May 9 in 2018
Finishes after breakfast on May 16 in 2018

COST: The chalet itself does not have enough rooms for everyone to stay so this tour cost of € 2,450 euros pp  is based on two people sharing a bedroom at a local GITE(pronounced “zheet”)  which is a self-contained “Alpen apartment”. 
These Gites are spacious, clean and well appointed but lack the luxury of our Chalet and have one bathroom and one separate toilet between two bedrooms. Some Gites will have their own personal bathroom and they are priced a little higher than the base price of € 2,450 euros pp  based on two people sharing a bedroom.

TOTAL TOUR COST depending on your ACCOMMODATION choice: please note all tour prices are in EUROS to convert to your currency please go to www.xe.com


  • €3,350 pp for solo 
  • €3,000 per person if a Couple sharing room
    1 Double bed room with small ensuite bathroom  – 
    1 available
  • €3,550 pp for solo traveller or
  • €3,200 per person if 2 people sharing room
    1 large Twin/Double bed room with own huge separate bathroom & balcony with views – 1 available
  •  €3,350 pp for solo traveller or
  • €3,000 per person if 2 people sharing room
    1Twin/Double bed room with own large separate bathroom – 1 available

FONTAINE GITES – (pronounced zheets ) –  (2 minute walk from our Chalet)
Newly built Gites fitted out in a simple style with a shared kitchen & lounge and just down the road from our Chalet.
Our meals are taken in the gorgeous upstairs dining room at Chalet Savoie Faire nearby.

  •  €3,000 pp for solo traveller with own bathroom
  • €2,650 per person if 2 people in a room with own bathroom – 3 available
  • €2,750 pp for SOLO traveller in own room sharing bathroom with 1 other room
  • €2,450 per person if 2 people in a room & sharing a bathroom with 1 other room   2 rooms with large shared bathroom – 2 available

BERNADETTE’S GITES (3 minute walk from our Chalet)
Simple and rustic with shared kitchen lounge and outdoor seating areas with beautiful views and just a short refreshing walk along to our Chalet where we have our meals and relax.

  • €2,950 pp  for SOLO traveller in room with own bathroom
  • €2,650 per person if a couple in a room with own bathroom
    double bed room with small ensuite bathroom – 1 available
    double bed ground floor room with bathroom – 1 available
  •  €2,750 pp for SOLO traveller in room sharing bathroom with 1 other room
  • €2,450 per person  if 2 people in a room & sharing a bathroom with 1 other room
    Twin or Double bedrooms with shared bathroom between 2 rooms – 2 available

Please contact Kate Stedman at katetravels@erinhill.com.au if you have any queries or would like to book.

Rooms will be booked on a first paid first served based. So if you have a particular room preference based on price or luxury etc please book early.
Remember- room availability is limited so hurry if you want to get in!!

Each day we have a sketching demo from Erin, learning different techniques and themes, then we sketch with the group learning from and helping each other with Erin and her assistant guiding us throughout this time. Our afternoons are free to explore or to practise what we have learned that day while sketching different scenes and objects.
You will be amazed at what you can produce and how much you will improve in the two weeks with Erin.
Everyone will have different levels of ability which makes no difference to the group dynamic and is no way intimidating for New Sketchers. Many of our clients come at least once every year on Erin’s Sketching Holidays as her tours are very addictive and just so much fun.

All meals will be with the group at the luxury chalet.
Our hosts serve us local cheeses, wines and their own exceptional meals each night around a roaring fire or on the balcony in the warm evening sunsets.

Each day we will meet after breakfast to walk to a scenic spot to sketch the local scenery and people, the houses, chalets, Beaufort cows, grazing sheep, chamois deer, an ancient mill, snow-capped mountains and so much more.

We will have walks, take picnics to an ancient local mill, eat delicious, healthy lunches with aperitifs, and check out local brocante markets, medieval towns and dine with locals al fresco.

Lunches will be provided as picnics in remote spots or under the fruit tree at the chalet and your afternoon is free to explore, walk, climb, sleep, relax and sketch with your new skills. Several days we will explore the local medieval townships such as La Lechere and Moutiers, with their flowered bridges, quaint architecture and wonderful shops,  and then visit the beautiful lake town of Annecy, stopping in a nearby brocante (bric-a-brac) to pick up any number of amazing trinkets brought in from French attics, sheds and chalets.

And there are always the views to distract you wherever you look or walk.



The chalet is in a tiny “canton” called Naves up a mountain-side. The nearest “town” is La Lechere”. Naves is a 2 hour spectacularly scenic drive from Geneva airport.

Coming from overseas we recommend:
Fly into Paris and the next day take a direct early train (eg: a 9 am departure?) Paris to LYON. 
Then take a midday train the 3 hours LYON to MOUTIERS.
A private taxi transfer from Moutiers to the chalet at Naves is 30 euros pp one way and we can organise this for you upon request.
[There are trains from the Lyon train station usually departing at approx midday, 3pm and 6 pm and they take 3 hours to get to Moutiers.]

Or you can fly in to GENEVA AIRPORT.
There are trains which then depart from Geneva CITY station (called Cornavin) – an 8 minute train ride from Geneva airport  – and these trains go to MOUTIERS – (the nearest township where you can get a transfer the final 20 kms to the chalet in Naves.)
This is roughly a 3.5 hour train trip.
NB: There are not that many of these train departures each day so you need to ensure you are not waiting hours after your flight for a train to Moutiers.
If you are arriving into Geneva airport you may want to consider staying overnight near the city train station before training down to Moutiers on May 9.  (there are trains that depart Cornavin at 10 am and 11.50 am to Moutiers)

For ease you may prefer to pick up a SMALL HIRE CAR from Geneva airport and drive to Naves (2 hours) and to be able to return to the airport easily at your leisure on May 16. We can help you with this too if you give us plenty of notice to organise it and give you detailed instructions.

Please keep us informed of your plans as if we have enough people arriving into Geneva at a particular time, we might be able to help organise a group transfer from Geneva airport to Naves.

DEPARTING NAVES:  May 16 – the tour ends after breakfast.
We can organise transfers to Moutiers train station for onward travel to either Paris or Geneva. Please coordinate your homeward bound flights to these train departures. Ask if you need help with this.

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