Residential art retreats


We are now taking bookings for a wonderful range of art holidays as well as relaxing weekends away at  Maison du Fort. We have availability starting from April 2024. Take a look at what we have on offer….

Residential Art Retreats

Whether you want to paint, print or draw our residential art courses offer an opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing skills in the relaxing environment of Maison du Fort’s studios and gardens.

The art course includes: 

  • 7 nights accomodation at Maison du Fort
  • 5 day fully tutored art course with materials
  • All meals and local wines served at the manoir
  • Transport to and from Bergerac airport or local train station
  • All materials and full tuition by resident artist Leesa Le May

Not included

  • Flights
  • one lunchtime meal and one dinner at local restaurants (see timetable for details)

Cost per person £975 / 1115 Euros.

A deposit of £300 / 343 Euros will be required to secure your place and balance payable 6 weeks before your arrival date.


Travel details can be found on our ‘getting there’ page. We will collect and return you to Marmande train station for Bordeaux
flights or Bergerac airport for Stansted flights.


We will be running courses every month from April through to September 2024. Please email us for exact dates.


Check in between 3- 6 pm on Saturday. The art course runs from Sunday to Friday. Check out by midday on the following Saturday.
We have a full breakdown of the weeks timetable HERE


Everyday there will be tutoring in the morning followed by painting in either the Grand Studio, grounds or surrounding countryside. During the week we will take you to local bastide towns such as Eymet and Monpazier to draw and paint. We eat lunch at the Manoir, picnic in the wonderful French countryside or have lunch out in the beautiful villages.


Wednesday afternoon is free – there is a range of activities we can arrange for you as an extra add on – yoga, electric cycles, wine tasting or you can simply relax by the outdoor pool.


We eat dinner together most evenings either at the manoir or, during the season, at local night markets. On the last night, Friday, a visit to the Old Lord Raglan pub for a live music experience to complete your amazing week with us. (Please note our sessions may vary slightly depending on the month’s events here in France).


If you would like to know available dates or to book a week’s course at the manoir please click HERE  to contact us.

Friends weekend away!

3 night stay with breakfast is £225 per person (available from May 2024)

Extra meals (lunch or dinner) with wine can be booked for £25 per head.

Please email us for more information to ensure a perfect weekend away.

It’s not just artists who can enjoy Maison du Fort, we cater for groups of friends or family on a two or three night relaxing French getaway.

Maybe a weekend of good food, good wine and good company is required? Just spending quality time enjoying the beautiful manoir, it’s grounds and exploring the surrounding countryside and Bastide villages of the Dordogne is heaven.

Make your stay unique and bespoke to your group’s needs by arranging a selection of add-on activities and places to go. A traditional local market visit?  A chateau wine tour? A yoga class? Horse riding? A fun art class or cycle ride through the sunflowers are just some of the options available. Or just kick back and enjoy lazing by our fabulous outdoor pool.

Bed and Breakfast is included but extra evening meals or lunches can be added to make your stay a little more bespoke.

We offer collection transfers from Bergerac airport or Marmande train station (if you are flying into Bordeaux airport). Please see our getting there page for further detail. During your stay we can provide a taxi transfer service on trips out for a small extra cost.

We can accommodate up to 6 guests with three shared luxury bathrooms.

We welcome you into the manoir, which is a family run home shared with two cats, Ellie and Mia and Pip the dog. Maison du Fort is still being refreshed into the Grand Duchess she used to be and therefore your stay will be homely but exciting as you will see the next stage of the house being lovingly restored.