Learn or improve your watercolour painting

Join us at one of our Holiday Painting Workshops scheduled in 2021,
organized with luxury food and accommodations at an historic château in southwestern France.
Each program will run from Monday afternoon to Friday lunchtime.
Our 2020 programme was disrupted due to the Covid-19 epidemic, but we hope to be running again in 2021.
2021 programme: dates to be confirmed. Please contact us to be kept up to date with all new information for 2020


... sitting in the beautiful countryside or a small medieval village in south west France with just your paints and your thoughts.

... painting in a small group with help and advice from a local, highly regarded and talented artist.

... looking forward to an expertly cooked evening meal using local fresh ingedients with matching local wines.

... relaxing before dinner in the peaceful gardens of a quiet French château.

... retiring to your luxury accommodation for a peaceful night's sleep before breakfast and another day's drawing and painting.

Sounds like a great way to spend a few days?

We're looking at new dates for painting workshops for 2021 to give you the opportunity to sample some of the incredible painting and drawing locations of the Lot-et-Garonne region of France, accompanied by full-board accommodation in Château Ladausse. Please contact us to be updated with 2021 information as soon as we have it.

The château is close to the village of Monflanquin, officially classed as one of Frances' 'Plus Beaux Villages', the most beautiful villages of France.


  • Sketching

    Monflanquin centre

    The medieval centre of the village is always fascinating.

  • Countryside

    View of the village

    Monflanquin is built on a hillside, giving impressive views.

  • Restaurant scene

    Village centre

  • Relaxing

    Work at your own pace

    Find a shady spot and enjoy an afternoon painting.

What's included?

Art tuition with artist Jon Sephton thoughout your stay, morning and afternoon (evenings are your own)

4 nights luxury stay at 17th Century Château Ladausse (restored with modern amenities and chic decor).

3 French breakfasts, 1 brunch and 4 lunches

4 dinners with wine. Water (sparkling and still) and teas or infusions are included with the meals.

1 cooking lesson/demo by Diane on appetizers (for those who wish).

1 wine atelier discussion at 1 dinner by Eric.

All meals are freshly prepared using high quality ingredients from local farms or markets.

Organic, healthy & nutritious snacks and drinks are available to all guests throughout the day

Use of the reception room for the art classes if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Château Ladausse

Château Ladausse is a 17th century manor house that sits atop a hill of 13 acres of pure tranquility, giving a luxurious and uniquely relaxing stay.

Waking each morning to the cheerful sound of chirping birds and to an abundance of fresh air, this countryside get-away will recharge your batteries, and the magic of the château will charm you. For more information on the château, click here >


  • The château front

    The château front

    A beautiful secluded spot with extensive grounds awaits you. There is plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Luxury suite

    Luxury suite

    Just one of the château's well appointed suites.
  • Salon


    The salon is available to guests at all times.
  • Lunch


    Four lunches are included and, weather permitting, can be taken outdoors.
  • Breakfast


    Three breakfasts and one brunch (on the final day) are included.
  • Wine workshop

    Wine workshop

    Enjoy a complimentary wine workshop with Eric at one of your dinners.

About Jon

Doorway in Monflanquin by Jon Sephton

Jon Sephton

A dedicated sketcher, professional artist and UK qualified teacher, Jon will help you learn or develop your drawing and painting skills.

Jon studied art and ceramics as part of an education degree at the University of Sunderland, then Graphic Design at Newcastle College. Jon left teaching in the mid 1990’s to establish a graphic design and illustration business working with local, national and international brands.

Jon has always been an active artist, exhibiting and selling work in the UK before moving to France permanently in 2016. Now running Galerie JS in Monflanquin, his paintings in watercolour, acrylic and oils are in private collections all over the world.

Your hosts

  • Jon Sephton

    Artist - Galerie JS

    Local artist and qualified teacher, Jon will be your tutor throughout your stay.

  • Diane & Eric Anthonissen

    Owners, Château Ladausse

    Diane studied and worked in cookery schools and restaurants in France, whilst Eric is a qualified wine expert.

  • Château Ladausse

    Your accommodation

    A 17th century manor house that sits atop a hill of 13 acres of pure tranquility,

  • Monflanquin

    Nearest village

    An amazing location for painting and drawing.

A flavour of the Lot-et-Garonne region

Some Questions

If there's anything else you need to know, please get in touch using our contact page >


I'm a complete beginner - is this suitable for me?

Of course. With small numbers on the course, you have plenty of time to learn at your own pace. Jon has run several beginners watercolour courses in Monflanquin over the past few years.

Can you collect me from a station or airport?

Although transport isn't included in the cost, we can arrange this for you. Please ask.

Can you provide equipment?

With some advance warning we can provide art materials at cost price to us. Please email to discuss your requirements.

I have a non-painting partner. Can they come?

They would be very welcome and there's plenty for them to do while you're painting. As well as exploring the local towns and villages, well-being treatments are available at the the château. There's also a lovely outdoor pool when the weather allows. Private sightseeing tours can also be arranged. Please inquire. We can also propose sightseeing driving tours for spouses to explore on their own.