Painting holidays – Where you stay and what it costs

You stay in bright, well-decorated bedrooms in a complex of elegant Tuscan buildings. We've put in new, comfy beds and more original artwork on the walls.

There is a large communal sitting room and a new dining room for leisurely breakfasts and mouth-watering evening meals. There are facilities at the mill for personal tea-/coffee-making.

EVERYTHING is included in the cost of your holiday:

  • all tuition fees and accommodation
  • local transportation (including transfers to and from Pisa airport; including our mid week excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre)
  • all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the mill or at small and friendly local restaurants with regional Italian dishes and wines.

All you have to do is to get to Pisa and we do the rest!

What it costs

Our policy is not to discriminate against people coming on their own by charging a vast supplement for single rooms. So, if you are coming on your own you will have your own individual bedroom. We would, however, like friends (and married couples) to share if it is at all possible and there will be a saving if you do so. And if you share with a non-participating partner he or she will enjoy a generous discount of £200 for the painting holiday.

The mill is arranged as four self-contained apartments but, during a painting course, it all comes together and we use the big reception room in our principal apartment as our communal meeting place.

Because The Watermill at Posara is a building of historic importance and listed by the Italian government, we cannot make major alterations, so some guests will have to share a bathroom with either one or two other people. BUT we do have four new bedrooms, each with en suite shower rooms for those who want their own bathrooms. These are called the Courtyard bedrooms (1 and 2), plus the double bedrooms in the Tuscan House (Bedrooms 3 and 4).

These are the bedrooms on offer, and their prices (including the painting course):

BEDROOM 1

Courtyard en suite bedroom

De luxe bedroom with en suite shower room and large roof terrace overlooking the courtyard and gardens. Stunning views of the mountains. Double bed.

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1535 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1385 per person sharing

BEDROOM 2

Courtyard en suite bedroom:

De luxe bedroom with en suite shower room and large roof terrace overlooking the courtyard and gardens. Stunning views of the mountains. Queen-size single bed.

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1535 single occupancy

BEDROOM 3

Principal en suite bedroom, Tuscan house:

Large, dual aspect bedroom with en suite shower room (Bedroom 3). Views over the courtyard and gardens to mountains beyond.. 'Super Kingsize' bed can be divided into large singles if required.

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1535 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1385 per person sharing

BEDROOM 4

Double en suite bedroom, Tuscan house:

Large, double bedroom with en suite shower room (Bedroom 4). Views over the courtyard and gardens, and to the mountains beyond.. 'Kingsize' bed can be divided into singles if required.

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1535 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1385 per person sharing

BEDROOM 5

Principal bedroom, above the 17th Century mill (part of the Mill apartment):

Double bedroom with dual aspect views overlooking courtyard and up to the mountains (Bedroom 5).

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1435 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1345 per person sharing

BEDROOM 6

Double bedroom, above the 17th Century mill (part of the Mill apartment):

Large double room, overlooking river (Bedroom 6). 'Super Kingsize' bed can be divided into large singles if required.

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1435 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1345 per person sharing

BEDROOM 7

Boudoir, above the 17th Century mill (part of the Mill apartment):

Single room with dual aspect views over river and courtyard (Bedroom 7).

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1435 single occupancy

 

BEDROOM 8 & 9

Cascades apartment:

Exclusive apartment for two (including your own bathroom and sitting room) with double bedroom (Bedroom 8) overlooking the mill cascades and the river. If you prefer to have separate beds, the sitting room can be made up into another bedroom (Bedroom 9)

Price (including painting course):

  • Bedroom 8 Single: £1435 single occupancy
  • Bedroom 8 Sharing double bed (whole apartment): £1385 per person sharing double bed
  • Bedroom 9 Single: £1410 single occupancy

BEDROOM 10

Principal bedroom (part of Riverside Gardens apartment):

Double bedroom with dual aspect views of gardens and river (Bedroom 10).

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1435 single occupancy
  • Sharing: £1345 per person sharing

BEDROOM 11

Single bedroom (can be a small twin room) (part of Riverside Gardens apartment):

Single bedroom (but can be a twin room at a squeeze), with views over vine verandah, walled garden, with mountains in the background (Bedroom 11).

Price (including painting course):

  • Single: £1435 single occupancy

Deposit and balance

A deposit of £250 per person is required to confirm your booking.

The balance for your holiday is due eight weeks before arrival.

Please note our cancellation conditions set out below. (We recommend that you take out normal holiday insurance, including cancellation insurance.)

How to make your payment

We ask you to make your payment by direct bank transfer and we will give you our bank details for you to make this transaction.

If you are paying from outside the UK you might like to take advantage of Transferwise. In our regular transactions within Europe, to the USA and Australia, this company has transferred our money efficiently and speedily, and we have enjoyed excellent exchange rates and paid very low fees. Our guests say: “Wow what a great way to send money inexpensively.” “I'm amazed and impressed with how speedy it all happened.” “Totally impressed!” Just ask us for the link.

If you prefer to pay by credit card via by PayPal we can send you an invoice with a link for you to make a secure payment. You will find, however, that your exchange rate is less favourable (you will spend more in your own currency for the same amount in GBP) and, in addition, we charge an extra 3.5% on your payment as a contribution to the credit-card transaction fees incurred at our end.

Cancellations

A handling charge of £75 per person per course will be levied on all cancellations. In addition, if you have to cancel four to eight weeks before departure, a charge of 40% of the total price is payable; at two to four weeks, 60%; at one to two weeks, 80%; at less than one week, 90%. Once the course has started, 100% is payable.

We reserve the right to cancel any course at two months' notice and, where possible, provide you with an alternative course.

Getting there

For our UK guests:

You can book your own flights (there are good connections from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, East Midlands, Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Bristol and an increasing number of other UK airports).

Or, to make life easier, you can use the services of our Personal Travel Adviser, Jan Handley, who will fix everything for you at very competitive prices. There is absolutely no obligation to use her, but if you would like her help, her UK phone number is 0844 8716162 (freephone) or +01964 626360 (local call charge) [From outside the UK. Dial +44 844 8716162 or +44 1964 626360] and her email address is jan.handley@co-operativepta.co.uk. We have found that many travel agents these days are not very helpful and are often tied to big tour operators. Jan will give you personal service.

For our USA and Canada guests:

We have asked Amy Furie, Director of Leisure/Travel Consultant for New Act Travel, Los Angeles, California, to act for us and our guests. Her office number is 1-310-201-0808 and her Direct Line is 1-310-284-5134. Her email address is Amy.furie@newacttravel.com Amy has been in the travel business for more than 20 years. She says: “I have traveled extensively over the years and continue to travel to extend my knowledge of our vast world we live in.”

We pick you up at Pisa airport on the first day between 10 am and 1 pm. Our departure times from Posara on the last Saturday are after breakfast, usually between 7.30 am and 9.30 am. (It takes between an hour-and-a-quarter and an hour-and-a-half to get to Pisa airport.) If you arrive or leave outside these times we can arrange transportation for you but you will have to pay for it.

You may decide to come by car. You can park at the mill and we'll give you full instructions on how to get there.