Cornwall Art Safari Retreat

What could be better than an art retreat in a beautiful place? Time to draw, walk, explore ideas, talk about dreams, stepping away from our busy... Read more

From £1733 - £2069 pp (includes VAT)
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21 Oct - 26 Oct 2024

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Cornish Landscapes, daily doodles, arty relaxation, walks, superb food and lots of studio time with like-minded people

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Claudia Myatt, Mary-Anne Bartlett

Relax into a world of art and nature in rural Cornwall

What could be better than an art retreat in a beautiful place?

Time to draw, walk, explore ideas, talk about dreams, stepping away from our busy lives to be with artists and to further our artwork.

Join Mary-Anne and Claudia for a cosy autumn retreat in Cornwall.  We plan this as a quiet reflective time that’s also full of laughter, fun and development.  With superb hosting from the Boconnoc team and from our own private chef, we all have time to explore our artwork.  We aim to relax with no distractions.  This is a grand house where we can feel at home and made to feel special while we focus on your own creative journey . You may also want to take time to explore the surrounding landscape and coast.

We’re staying on a beautiful rural estate set amongst idyllic surroundings in Cornwall. We have two lovely houses to stay in, with a short 6 minute walk (or 1 minute drive) between the two.  There will be time to walk the woodlands and gardens of the estate and sketch in peace, or discover new ideas and techniques in group sessions.

A typical day might start with an early morning nature walk before a delicious breakfast. Then we’ll get together and make plans for the day.  We like to start the day with some indoor technical hints and tips, showing you a creative doodle for the day which helps to set our creative talents fire up. There will be plenty to choose from and you can do as little or as much as you want:

  • creative doodling warm up exercises, workshops on different watercolour and sketching techniques
  • sketching walks, listening walks, nature journalling
  • a one-to-one tuition session with Mary-Anne and Claudia
  • free time to work on your sketches and paintings

This wonderful art retreat is centred on Boconnoc House – a Georgian mansion and its Stewardry nestled in the Cornish countryside only 20 minutes from the coast.

Surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling woodland, the vast estate grounds are picture-perfect, so much so that it has been used as a filming location for The Three Musketeers and My Cousin Rachel, as well as popular BBC drama Poldark. The indoor spaces are as inspiring as the outdoors, so whatever the weather there will be a choice of subjects and plenty of space to paint  – or just curl up with a book!

If you spend longer in Cornwall you could also visit some of the historic villages and ancient sites nearby, including smugglers’ coves, tiny harbours and the moors.  There will be no shortage of inspiration, indoors or out, whatever the weather!

Each evening we dine well, eating produce from the estate cooked by our own chef as we talk about the days painting excursions.  The food is part of the luxury of this lovely retreat.

Both Mary-Anne and Claudia work in watercolours but you can of course use any medium you prefer. They both have a passion for filling a sketchbook with ideas, impressions, colours and observations when out on location and have a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge to share, as well as tips on how to develop your sketches into paintings or other projects.

Spaces are limited so let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to join us. There’s a choice of 16 magnificent rooms for us to sleep in – from grand state four poster bedrooms to charming attic hide-aways, so let us know your preferences quickly!


Day 1Arrive at Bocconoc for afternoon tea
Day 2Studio time and gardens
Day 3Studio time and lake
Day 4Studio time, church and buildings
Day5Studio time and deer park
Day 6Depart after breakfast
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Per person sharing from £1,733 (2x Attic Rooms), £1,830 (8x Standard Rooms), £2,069 (5x Grand Rooms)

A room of you own: please add £444

NB. All prices include VAT.

Please ask at the time of booking as we have different room types and sizes:  Grand, Attic and Standard in two houses.  Please note that each room has its own bathroom,  and due to the nature of the houses, they’re not always exactly en suite but very close!


The joining point for this Art Safari is Bocconoc House.

Liskeard train station is a short taxi ride away. You might like to arrive on the overnight sleeper from London.


Art tuition, accommodation, snacks and delicious breakfasts, 2-course dinners and lunches


Travel from your home (please ring us about sharing vehicles), art materials, drinks, any optional activities and items of a personal nature

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