Art Holidays at La Renauchat with Peter Wood

A delightful farmhouse in the Hamlet of La Renauchat which is only a few miles from Fresselines. Beautiful views, private gardens, woodland walks, fishing, wildlife. Our own private woodland in a forest.



The attractive village of Fresselines, where Monet himself, and many other famous artists, once lived and painted.



All situated next to the Petite and Grande Creuse in the centre of wonderful countryside and delightful villages with great cafe's and bars.




Market days, vide greniers and brocantes, events, fireworks, exhibitions and more.





Simple but comfortable accommodation.  A choice of double bed, en suite. Twin or single with seperate bathroom. Very small classes of no more than 3 and catering, even, for just one person! Virtually individual tuition where guests are treated as family and the holiday and course tailored to suit individuals, from the art, visits, time table, to the food and even trips! Due to this, only a limited number of breaks will be offered a year. 7 days or two weeks available. My last party would have liked a further week, but will have to return for that!



Course tutor and host - Peter Wood. B.A.HONS., A.T.C. A fully qualified and experienced teacher in both the state and private sector, plus an international artist on Washington Greens' lists.  See his main website for details or his Youtube site for hundreds of his films in many mediums.


The nearest airport is Limoges. ( cheap Ryan air flights ) . The nearest train station La Souterrain. The normal fees include
your being picked up from there, three meals a day, trips out, accomodation,teaching, basic materials and tools in almost any medium. You may, also, use your own. ( If you are very prolific or want specialist or very large works you may be asked to pay a supplement ). Even having a film made can be included during your trip, to take home with you. See these two films of a trip here ?Mike, Dot and Jenny 1 and Mike, Dot and Jenny 2.


What can you acheive on a course? See Margaret on her 2018 course ( click here ) & ( click here ) or Beverly ( click here )         


You choose how much you do and what you do. These students produced eight works in three days using watercolour, acrylics, pastels and mixed mediums!

 A warm Jacuzzi is another pleasure we offer for those hot days!

The large lounge has a wealth of music CDs and Films if these are wished of an evening, with big screen and surround sound T.V.

Booking and prices

Your holiday is flexible and so are the prices, accordingly. It is not simply about money for me, I enjoy teaching and seeing you succeed, gain confidnce at any level and having pleasure and a great time! So the price is the same, each, for just one person with me as for two or three. If your partner is none painting there will be a small reduction on materials. The main thing is to book early and outline your wishes for your personal break as I will not offer very many due to my own personal and artistic needs here. It's a great life and I love living it also! You may choose other activites as and when you wish, including fishing, photography and film making.

2019 prices. For a maximum of three staying seven days at La Renauchat it will be 800.00 each, all inclusive of accomodation, lessons, materials, cuisine, trips, airport transport, and drinks. Even a personal film to take home of your trip, if you wish? This ensures a personal and friendly family style holiday with almost one to one tuition.

Fishing breaks - all inclusive possible, all tackle supplied, bait, meals available. Basic bed and breakfast - double rooms ( 60.00 p.n. or 400.00 p.w.) and twin rooms.  ( single rate 40.00 p.n. 275.00 p.w. ) . Pickup from airport 50.00 per trip each way.  Guide accompanies if wished. Perfect for beginners/father son breaks also. Guaranteed great catches!

House hunting breaks. B&B as above. Advice free. Assistance as required ( at €20.00 an hour.)  Cheaufer/touring at same rate plus fuel.

Maximum 3 unless using own car. One double ensuite, one double and on twin sharing a bathroom.


Monet Painted here!

Fishing, art and painting, walking, boating, dining, photography, film making, swimming.


We had a fantastic holiday with Peter. He is a really good art teacher, very knowledgeable about art and the area we stayed in. We visited some lovely places with chance to paint them if we wanted. The whole region is very picturesque. Peter was an excellent host and we were well looked after.  He made us feel very much at home. We had a few nights out and a few home cooked meals. Altogether an enjoyable time, and I was sorry to leave.

Jenny Starsmore

My second visit to Peter in France included my two close friends Jenny and Mike from his art classes. The weather had improved from previous and it gave us the opportunity to travel further afield. Peter has a knack of finding the best places to fish and the most stunning to paint. So our first picture was along a flowing river, each of us choosing our own spot to paint, and Peter walked from one to the other advising , supporting and helping to complete our work. As a teacher he is incredible, very patient and he sees everything as achievable, and he's always right. We all were surprised and pleased at our finished paintings, all done in pastels. Our second pictures we chose to do from his own beautiful garden, especially around his hammock shadowed by 3 gigantic silver birch trees. What at first appeared a major challenge, turned out with his constant support , to be far easier than the river. These also were a triumph since the sun was in and out throughout so changing the colours from light to dark in an instant.

Peter has 3 loves, painting, fishing, and his 3rd is passing on his skills successfully to those who want to learn from him. You will be astounded at what you can achieve under his teaching.

Peter is a wonderful host too. All are welcome in his home, a typical old French house in which he's kept it's identity.

If you want to learn more about painting using many different mediums, or are simply starting from scratch, or maybe you wish to fish ( a catch guaranteed !! ), then give Peter a call and book your leisure time with him , whether it be for a weekend, a day or a week, you will have a truly wonderful, unforgettable time with mementos, photos or videos to return home with. Some things in life are priceless, a holiday with Peter us one of them.

Dorothy Mapplethorpe





 In summer there are nearly always some activities or special occasions at a local village.

 Booking Calendar 2021














For all bookings a none returnable deposit is required, with full payment being met 6 weeks before the event. Last minute or late bookings may be possible by arrangement.

The nearest airport is Limoges, an hour away, which is served by Ryan air. Beware that Ryan air are bnow charging nearly 80.00 for return on a large suitcase if you are wishing to return with your work? Or you may prefer to travel directly from Paris by train to La Souterraine? Only thirty minutes away. No limitations on baggage! An alternative is that  you may need to work on smaller paintings?

If you decide to travel here in your own car, and use this during the trip, then a reduction will be made accordingly in your price. As already offered, I can tailor any holiday to suite your needs.


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