Brambles Art Retreat
Be inspired, love to paint.
Brambles, Sprytown, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AY - Tel: 01566784359

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Come and paint with us in 2015 in our 12th year of business.
Enjoy a weekend or five day painting break at our beautiful home in Devon.
Recently featured as one of the top ten retreats on the Guardian travel website!!!

Contour - New exhibition at the Wharf Gallery Tavistock

by Janet Brady, Peter Davies and Nicola Johnson.
29th June - 24th July - Mon - Sat - 10.00am - 4.00pm

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Travel with us to locations further afield
10 days in Morocco - 2 place left !!!

Morocco 2015

Explore the exciting hustle and bustle city of Marrakech, and then relax at the seaside in Essaouria.
A two city trip painting the exotic colours of Morocco.
Ten days staying in the Medinas, a cultural explosion!!! One place left !!
Read our trip review Morocco 2013

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Our top ten painting locations.

We had such a lovely summer, lots of fabulous days out painting on location and at Brambles.
Have a look at some of our most popular painting spots. Worth a look... so inspiring and there
are many more.....

Acrylic painting by Peter Davies Acrylic painting by Art Tutor Janet Brady Watercolour painting by Janet Brady

Sketches of Brambles.
Janet produces wonderful sketch books, the Brambles A5 sketchbook features the house, the garden,
the pets, the chickens, local scenes and several painting location.
Available to buy for 14.95 and 2.50 post and packaging.

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"Our ambition was to set up a retreat for those who love to paint."

Peter Davies and Janet Brady started Brambles Art Retreat 12 years ago.
They found a beautiful cottage deep in the Devonshire countryside, hidden away in the tiny
hamlet of Sprytown. Inspired to paint by the beautiful surroundings and relaxed pace, they
opened an Art Retreat. A place to unwind in an idyllic setting where you can indulge your

Janet's first love is Watercolour, her speciality is dramatic landscapes in rich deep colours
achieved by using only transparent paints.Topics she covers are seascapes sunsets and flowers.
She also teaches abstract acrylic, seascapes.
At Brambles you can also learn to draw, anything from the fundamentals to the more challenging
aspects of Life drawing.

Peter teaches oil and acrylic courses, and particularly enjoys painting still life. He also
paints nudes in oil. He teaches all areas of drawing and enjoys pen and wash with watersoluable
You can try out more experimental painting using mixed media, recycled materials, anything goes.

This unique retreat offers a broad spectrum of art courses in a range of media, and often two
courses run along side each other so you can try different media during your stay.
With two tutors and small classes there's plenty of 'one to one' tuition and demos.

Guest comment - October 2014
" Thank you for a fantastic weekend. Iv'e learnt loads and met really great people,
will keep practising ! xx." HN from Bristol.

Acrylic painting by tutor Peter Daives Acrylic painting by tutor Janet Brady Oil painting by Peter Daives

Brambles Cottage is a wonderful place to come and stay, built in the 1600's its full of character,
lots of cosy rooms it has an unusual layout full of oak beams and open fires. Brambles charm
is found in its chic country style.

The is plenty to see all around the house, paintings, sketch books, art books and magazines.
Its a very creative environment. There are three bedrooms, two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom,
with one ensuite and two shared bathrooms. Rooms are used as doubles or singles.
When our accommodation is full we spill over to lovely nearby B&B's.

Drinks are served each evening in the cosy lounge by the open fire. Most of the evening is spent
in the spacious dining room, warmed by the Aga. Guests relax each evening enjoying delicious food
and fine wine.

We paint at many of the beautiful locations nearby or in our rambling garden. The old stables that
has been converted into a large studio, adjacent to the house, its very spacious and light.

Often painters bring non painting partner of friends with them. There's lots for them to see and do.
If they like easy walking, there are short walks at nearby villages or trails. If they are more
adventurous its only a 15 minute drive to the moors and tors of beautiful Dartmoor and Bodmin.
If you prefer the sea, try the rugged north coast of Devon and Cornwall is just 40 minutes away by car.
Explore Bude, Boscastle and Padstow. Or enjoy a day fishing, golf, sailing, visiting country houses
and much more.

Walk our dog,( we do not take guests dogs) cuddle a cat, relax, draw, paint, curl up with a book, retreat
from the hustle and bustle of your busy life. Have a massage or reflexology. Sit quietly, dappled by sunlight
under a tree in the garden, enjoy the peace and tranquillity.
Take time to smell the roses.

Life Drawing by Peter Davies. Charcoal drawing by Peter Davies. Life Drawing by Peter Davies.