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Where are our painting workshops in France?

Draw a line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, go half way along the line and then a little bit east and you’ll find the perfect place for your painting workshops in France. More specifically, Perigord Retreats is located in the Dordogne and Lot regions.. Full of rich history, beautiful countryside and excellent weather year round. Living here is almost like going back in time when you consider the style of buildings and many of the traditional ways of life, cobbled streets and small doorways are far from uncommon. There are hundreds of unique places to explore and find your perfect painting regardless of your interest. This place really has it all.

You can read in more detail about the region by checking out our excursions page.


Perigord Retreats

Specifically, we are located only a few miles away from the old Medieval town of Gourdon, which lies between Sarlat la Caneda and Cahors, two larger towns in the region. Our little hamlet is very quiet and peaceful, the land surrounding our property means we have no direct neighbours and the lack of urbanisation close-by gives incredible views of the Milky Way almost every night! when you walk out of our front gates in the morning you can look down into the valley below. The good thing about living higher up is that we are always slighter warmer and so our flora is generally a couple of weeks ahead of other areas.

If you’re coming here to paint traditional French life, you’re in luck. Our hamlet has around 15 beautiful stone houses carefully looked after by their owners. You’ll find a wide range of colourful flowers or climbing plants to paint. But this is just the start. We have a long list of places we can visit depending on what you want to see.

"This Painting Holiday far exceeded our expectations - one of the best holidays we've ever had"

Venue Highlights

At Perigord Retreats, we are very centrally located in relation to some of the most beautiful villages in France. Each day, we take our guests on an exciting excursion to these villages or other beautiful areas such as vineyards, beautiful churches or rolling fiels of poppies, sunflowers or lavender for the opportunity to paint plein air.

We eat delicious home-made meals with a traditional feel to them. Much of our produce is organically grown in our vegetable garden.

By checking out our website you will find a lot more information on the places we visit.


We have 10 spacious double bedrooms with air-conditioning. Plenty of communal living areas with Televisions, comfortable seating. 5 acres of gardens with plenty of trees, flower beds and wild flowers. The gardens have some great subject matter and lots of areas to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House Keeping
  • Bicycles

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


- Traditional food from the region
- Mediterranean influence


We collect our guests from the airport.

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