Welcome to French Art Holidays !

Courses available from mid-April to late June, as well as early September to mid-October. Offering accommodation, with all meals included, as well as 5 days of art tuition, which can be 3 days visiting sites of particular interest to artists (weather permitting), and 2 days in our studio; taking some time on projects outside in the garden.

Claude Monet - Ruins at Crozant
Claude Monet – Ruins at Crozant

Come and discover the Valley of the Painters in the quiet rural department of the Creuse, in France.
The dramatic views of local rivers Sedelle and Creuse, have historically been painted by the great impressionists – Claude MonetArmand GuillauminAlfred SmithFrancis Picabia and Henri Pailler.


This is a real opportunity to improve your art skills, whilst enjoying the wonderful views of our local beauty spots, and all the benefits of warmer weather,  plenty of sunshine, and the relaxing surroundings and facilities at Chez Beaumont.


Including our ‘One Day of Art Tuition’ dates

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About Us

Your Hosts For Your Accommodation

Chez Beaumont.
Chez Beaumont.
Front Garden

Your accommodation hosts are Clare and Peter Tilley, and your course Tutor is Glyn Smith, together they aspire to provide you with all the creature comforts and great art experiences that you could possibly want. Clare and Peter have been hosting their beautiful home, Chez Beaumont in the village of Saint Sébastien in France, for many years now, and the accommodation provides guests with a choice of a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Gite, and/or 2 further bedrooms with shared bathroom in the house.

Your Art Tutor

Your Art Tutor, Glyn Smith is a local artist who has been tutoring art students here in the Creuse during the last two years, with great success.

friendly art tutor Glyn Smith
Your Art Tutor Glyn

Glyn is from Yorkshire and studied at Sheffield Art College for 3 years at Foundation level, and spent 18 years living in St Ives in Cornwall, where he worked, and created many art works which he sold locally. He was very much a part of the art culture there.
He enjoys guiding and encouraging artists of all levels, to help build good solid skills that will allow the artist to develop their own expression in art. Drawing and pointillism are Glyn’s own skills, however he says that he gets much more personal enjoyment, from helping others find their own talents and capabilities in art.
You will find that Glyn’s course will be very relaxed and friendly, and most likely you will find that your fellow course students become keen supporters and friends with a common aim.
Glyn’s aim is to ensure that you enjoy yourself on this course, and gain both confidence and increased skill levels.

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Photos of the Studio

Part of the Art Studio
Art Studio
Art Display and Skylight
Art Display
Janet Drawing Old Man
Artist Drawing
Choose your media from table
Choose your media

More About The Area and Your Stay

We aim to make your stay with us and the art course that we offer, a time of relaxation and enjoyment. You will be immersed into the calm and beautiful area that surrounds us here in Creuse.

La Sedelle
La Sedelle

Our Guest House and Gite (Chez Beaumont) are set in the village of Saint-Sébastien, which is very near to so many of the beautiful spots, made famous by the works of the renowned artist Claude Monet.  Monet and other famous artists spent time here painting the unique settings and landscapes of the rivers Creuse and Sedelle.
The Art Course that we offer was new in 2018, and we continue to  make all efforts to ensure that you get as much out of the course as possible. Glyn Smith our tutor, will be taking you out into the countryside on 3 days of the 5 day course, so that you can get to know the places and views, and find just the right spot from where you can draw and paint as you like. Equipment will be taken with you, and picnic lunches and drinks are provided for you whilst you’re there.
At  Chez Beaumont, there is also a studio, where you will be able to work together with your fellow artists. Glyn will help and guide you in drawing and painting techniques, as necessary, aiming always to work at your pace.
Mornings and evenings, and the days that you will be in the studio, Clare your host, will be serving you with some traditional French fare, good home cooking,  accompanied in the evening by a glass or two of wine. Your Tutor, will spend time with you discussing the day’s events, and the best options for the days ahead during your stay.
You will find that your days will be catered towards your comfort and enjoyment, and it will be our pleasure to know that we have made your stay memorable.

Bridge at La Celle Dunoise
Bridge at La Celle Dunoise

What’s Included


  • Free transfers from/to:  Airport (Limoges) or Local Train Stations (St. Sebastien), La Souterraine and Argenton-Sur Creuse.


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Full Board

  • Continental Breakfast, (Cereals, Yogurts, Cold Meats and Cheese, French bread, Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Fruit Juice, Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate) served from 8 am – 9 am.
  • 10.30 Morning coffee.
  • Light lunch 12.30 – 1.30.
  • 4 pm Tea and cake.
  • 4 Course dinner served at 7pm in the gazebo weather permitting or in our Image result for boeuf bourguignon presentationdining room. Always Home Cooked meals, including many traditional French dishes, and a glass or two of house wine.
  • Sunday evening, welcome drinks and BBQ, with fellow artists and friends, and your course tutor.


The Art Part of Your Visit

  • Gargilesse-Dampierre

    5 Days drawing/painting with your course tutor.

  • 2 Days on site, 3 away days (weather permitting) – Crozant, Vallee de la Sedelle, Fresslines, St Benoit du Sault, Gargilesse, La Celle Dunoise.



Free Facilities Available to You as Part of Your Stay

Hot Tub

  • You are free to use the pool or hot tub.
  • Also available for your use are: Petanque, Board Games, Badminton, Archery, Reading Books and DVDs.

Bring Your Pet

dog friendly

If you are travelling independantly well behaved pets are welcome. Please supply your own pet food. However, there is no pet sitting service available.


Please Note  We can accept no responsibility or liability for any accident, loss or damage in respect of use of the pool or other leisure facilities offered (See ‘insurances’ on the Smallprint Page)


Art Schedule and Details

Exhibits at La Souterraine Library

The week of your visit will include 5 days of art tuition.

The hours will be:-
10.00 to 12.30  (tuition)
12.30 to 13.30  (lunch break – packed lunches will be provided or lunch will be served at Chez Beaumont)
13.30 to 16.30  (tuition)

Three of the days will be taken up by visiting local artist “hot spots” where you can take advantage of the natural light and surroundings in the beautiful local countryside.
 The two remaining days of tuition will be held in the Workshop or outdoors at the accommodation, where work that’s already started, may be completed, or you can develop skills using techniques of water colour and pencil drawing. If the weather is not clement, there may still be opportunities to work outside in a covered space.
 Artist benches and easels are supplied, along with all types of paper supplies, water pots, sponges, cloths and gummed paper. However, to ensure that you have the mediums you prefer, we require you to bring your own choice of pencils, rubbers, brushes, paints and any other accessories that you prefer to use.

Equipment and Materials
In the Studio we supply, tables, chairs, easels, cleaning equipment. Fold-up stools, easels and water bottles for away days.
 Consumable supplies, such as Image result for art materials photopapers, are available to purchase on site. We encourage you to contact your course tutor for advice on materials you will need to bring with you on your holiday.

Contact Us


29 Beaumont, 23160 Saint-Sébastien


838 956 027 00018


To make your reservation, please contact Clare:
Email: info@chezbeaumont.com
Cell/Mobile phone: +44 (0)7986972785


To contact your Art Tutor, please contact Glyn:
Email: smithglyn47@gmail.com
Telephone: +33 (0)5 55 63 14 82