Getting Those Creative Juices Flowing
We’ve all got a creative streak in us. Admittedly it is buried a little deeper in some than in others, but it’s definitely there - and sometimes all that quiet voice needs is a little bit of space, encouragement and inspiration. So if you’re looking for your next project but you haven’t yet found your muse, take a look at some of these gorgeous One Off Places.
Painting in the Pyrenees
The French countryside is a popular destination for artists and it’s not hard to see why - blue skies above fields of beaming sunflowers and vineyards framed by rolling green hills surely create the most idyllic picture imaginable? So if you’re searching for a peaceful setting for a painting holiday (or indeed a pilates retreat, should the mood take you) then look no further than Palettes de Gascogne. This authentic yet contemporary country house has charm oozing from its every pore.
Inspiration in Andalucia
There’s no doubt that El Molino del Conde, a 10 bedroom restored millhouse in rural Andalucia, is a superb setting for any group holiday or celebration, but it is also the ultimate setting for learning, whether you’re interested in painting with watercolours or creative writing. And did we mention the swimming pool, tennis court, sun terraces, large social spaces and secluded grounds? You cannot fail to be inspired and revived by surroundings like these.
A Greek Island Hideaway
Inside, this mountain farmhouse in Paros is sensitively renovated and beautifully designed. Outside, you will find a fragrant herb garden and sensational sea views. And nearby, the Aegean Center for Fine Arts offers all sorts of workshops, seminars and ‘study abroad’ programmes. Swim, sunbathe, surf or just sit and observe the local flora and fauna - creative retreats don’t get much lovelier than this Greek island paradise.
Enchantment in the Emerald Isle
Set within the Croc An Oir Estate in Tipperary, this characterful cottage is home to an all-purpose venue room which hosts everything from concerts and theatrical performances to dance lessons and writing workshops. And when you’re had enough creating and learning you can simply enjoy the stunning mountain views, restorative countryside walks and nearby atmospheric heritage sites. What more could an artistic soul desire?
Whether it’s forests or oceans that make the words flow out of you, whether you prefer wildlife or landscapes as your subject matter, whether you want to throw yourself into a project or just dip your toe in the water, a stay in one of these unique places will leave you feeling revitalised and uplifted. What are you waiting for?