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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 137 / November 2021

Dear Friend,

Painting holidays at the watermill in Tuscany

A big thank you to our stalwart guests

It was just like the old days in October, four creative courses back-to-back, with people from all over the world making the Watermill come alive again. A heartfelt vote of thanks for all of those who battled through the bureaucracy to be with us. Your support is much appreciated. We know that many of you found the Watermill a peaceful respite after the troubles of the last year or so.

Our first October week was spent painting with a new tutor from the United States, Brienne Brown, who ran a joyous course with American guests. There they are above at the top, watching Brienne painting from the ancient walls of the nearby town of Fivizzano, looking down the valley to Posara. And below is another of Brienne’s demonstration watercolours:

Brienne was followed by Ali Hargreaves, with a lively group, mainly from the North of England, seen above showing off some of their work on our Friday exhibition. And, below, here is one of Ali’s demonstration watercolours:

Paintings by Brienne Brown and Ali Hargreaves at the watermill in Italy
(left) A watercolour by Brienne which sums up the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Watermill
(right) Ali’s demonstration painting out on location in a mountain village

Then we had one of our unique Italian Language courses, run by the effervescent Francesca la Sala, who you can see below left playing tombola (in Italian) with the group while they nibbled chestnuts bought from the local market.

Language courses at the watermill in Tuscany
Our language students soaked up sunshine as well as Italian in the Watermill walled garden

And finally, we had our last painting course of the season with the ardent watercolourist Grahame Booth. This was truly an international week, with guests from the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Italy. At below left you can see them listening to Grahame’s words of wisdom, again in the sunny Watermill walled garden. And below right another demonstration picture he painted during the week

Painting with and painting by Grahame Booth

In this month’s newsletter we have stories on:

  • What sort of activities(?) do non-participating partners get up to? Part 1
  • What sort of activities do non-participating partners get up to? Part 2
  • What sort of activities do non-participating partners get up to? Part 3
  • A Top Tip for Patrons (and others) on how to make your paintings more dramatic
  • Details of, and links to, all of our 2022 creative courses
  • painting tutors of the month: Maggie Renner Hellmann and Ruth Korch
  • Norah Gaughan has needlework and artistry in her blood
  • Why 31 is the extra mile in Italy

Happy reading!

Come to the watermill in Tuscany with your partner or friend
“Reader, we went to the Watermill.”
Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska
as Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre.
Picture: The Independent

Bring a partner:
there's plenty for them to do

They don’t have to participate in the course, but they will be able to enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the mill and, whenever they want, to come out with you to our beautiful locations.

We also offer a range of Alternative activities for partners on all our courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.

What sort of activities(?) do non-participating partners get up to? Part 1

NPP's out and about !!!

We call them NPPs, Non-Participating Partners, spouses or friends who come with the guests on our creative courses, but do not participate in the painting, writing, knitting or Italian language sessions during the week.

We have plenty of optional alternatives for them, including trips and tennis, walks and vineyard visits, marble quarries and enigmatic statues, about which you can find out more by clicking here.

Alls quite in Florence
A visit to the stunning marble quarries of Carrara is one of the optional extras
we offer to our non-painting partners

Book by Bill Breckon

But many of our NPP’s prefer to go out with their partners to our stunning locations and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Or, perhaps like Sandy, Peter and Steve (above), NPPs on Ali Hargreaves’ painting course, soak up some sun in the Watermill’s walled garden, enjoying a good book, before joining their partners for lunch at the Watermill or in a charming local restaurant.

And the good book? Why it’s A Matter of Perspective, that gripping tale of murder and intrigue in Renaissance Florence by Bill Breckon, available, as they say, in all good bookshops! (And on Amazon. Just click here for more at Amazon UK. or please click here for Amazon US.

Come and have fun as an NPP and join your painting, writing, knitting or Italian-learning partner. You will both have a wonderful time.

What sort of activities do non-participating partners get up to? Part 2

Fishing in the watermill's river

While her husband Dan was painting with Grahame Booth, non-painting partner Pam Beccaria decided to try a little fishing in the River Rosaro which runs beside the mill. There are trout in the river, as well as bream and eels, but the old local fishermen tell us that there are far fewer than there used to be in their young day. “When I was a lad,” one of them once told us, “you could lie down on the bank and wiggle your fingers in the water, and in no time flat you’d be clutching a trout and yanking it on to the bank.

The Watermill's Rosara River
The River Rosaro sweeping by the mill.
Even if it doesn’t provide dinner,
it’s a wonderful subject for painting,
or just lazing in the sun

We suspect those old fishermen’s tales are just that, old fishermen’s tales, but the modern river doesn’t seem to be teeming with trout. When we clean the Millstream from time to time, however, we find a few of them stranded, and we have to put them in a bucket of water and take them back to the river, so we know thy are still there. Our gardener Flavio Terenzoni lent Pam a rod, and brought some wriggling worms, and she tried her luck. But to no avail. and our vision of trout for 10 at dinner faded fast. Perhaps she should have tried lying on the bank and wiggling her fingers.

But it does go to show that there is plenty of fun to be had whether you take part in one of our creative courses or are an NPP! And we have plenty of other suggestions to keep you entertained. Please click here to find out more.

What sort of activities do non-participating partners get up to? Part 3

Eric with bike

The most energetic of our NPP’s, so far at least, is Eric Friedlander. While his wife Lindsay was painting with Grahame Booth, Eric hired a whizzo bicycle, on which he explored the beautiful (and hilly) local countryside. It was hard work, but exhilarating, Eric told us. One day he pedalled the dozen or so miles from Posara up all the way to the Passo di Cerreto, the pass through the mighty Apennine mountains, the backbone of Italy. When asked what speed he did Eric replied: “I went up very slowly indeed. It took me three hours or so: I stopped a lot! But on the way back, it seemed like 20 minutes!”

We worked out that as well as those dozen miles along he pedalled up 1,000 metres, well over 3000 feet. Good going, Eric.

A Top Tip for Patrons (and others) on how to make your paintings more dramatic

Patrons videos
For more about rewards of becoming a
Watermill Patron, please click here

As we have mentioned before, we have created a community of convivial like-minded people who have become Watermill patrons. There are lots of bonuses when you join.

Patrons receive regular exclusive videos keeping them up to date on all our activities and on top tips from our renowned creative tutors (see below), podcasts giving insights into Italian life, and, of course, delicious recipes from the Watermill kitchen. We have already produced 20 or so items for our Watermill patrons. These items remain exclusive to patrons for two months before being put on ‘general release’ so others can enjoy them too.

Among the latest general releases, you can enjoy Watermill tutor Randy Hale’s insights on how to make dramatic contrasts in your paintings. Please click here to enjoy the video.

Randy's Top Tips - Value Contrasts
Please click here to enjoy the video

(Patrons themselves also enjoy other continuing exclusive perks, such as free access to some of our live, interactive online painting sessions and discounts for our renowned residential creative courses here at the mill. They have their say, too, on future exciting projects at the Watermill.)

Why don’t you, too, become a Watermill patron and be among the first to hear all our news and enjoy our videos, podcasts, recipes and all the news the daily life of the Watermill? The first step is to click here to see an introductory video and hear more. Then join up to become part of our new Watermill adventures.

Hurry now to grab your place on a Watermill 2022 creative course

Next year’s creative courses – painting, writing, knitting and Italian language – are filling up fast. Some are even completely booked (although there are often cancellations, so it is worthwhile being on the waiting list) and others are already pretty full.

Watermill holidays 2022
The landing page of the new Watermill 2022 website.
Just click here to open the delights

So, now really is the time to ensure you bag your place with the tutor of your choice. Book now, as they say, to avoid disappointment.

And remember, you will be Cool and Green at the Watermill: all our rooms are fully air-conditioned part by our hidden photovoltaic cells which make us self-sufficient in electricity.

Why not get away from it all, at last, and reserve your place on one of our renowned creative courses, with inspiring teaching, warm hospitality, stunning scenery, delicious food and the convivial company of like-minded people? The perfect antidote to coronavirus blues. Details and links to all our courses are below.

First, our inspiring painting courses.....

Watermill in Tuscany's Painting NewsPAINTING NEWS

Our inspiring 2022 painting tutors

Here is the complete list of our painting tutors for 2022. You can find out more about each of them by clicking on their Profile page link in their entries below.

Mary Padgett

Mary Padgett - fully booked, waiting list open
30 April – 7 May 2022
Pastels (and other portable materials) en plein air
To learn more about Mary and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe - fully booked, waiting list open
21 – 28 May 2022
To learn more about Keiko and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Maggie Renner Hellman

Maggie Renner Hellman
28 May - 4 June 2022
Courageous Color Workshop’ Your choice: oils, acrylics, pastels and/or watercolour travel sketches
To learn more about Maggie and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Ruth Korch

Ruth Korch - fully booked, waiting list open
4 - 11 June 2022
Art journaling
To learn more about Ruth and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Randy Hale

Randy Hale - fully booked, waiting list open
11 - 18 June 2022
To learn more about Randy and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Ted Dansey

Ted Dansey
25 June - 2 July 2022
Watercolours and drawing
To learn more about Ted and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Vicki Norman

Vicki Norman
2 - 9 July 2022
Oils and watercolours (and other mediums)
To learn more about Vicki and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Carl March

Carl March
16 - 23 July 2022
Drawing and watercolour en plein air
To learn more about Carl and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Paul Talbot-Greaves
20 - 27 August 2022
Watercolours (and acrylics)
To learn more about Paul and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Rebecca de Mendonça

Rebecca de Mendonça
27 August - 3 September 2022
To learn more about Rebecca and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Mike Willdridge

Mike Willdridge - fully booked, waiting list open
3 - 10 September 2022
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics, with a special emphasis on drawing on location.)
To learn more about Mike and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Varvara Neiman

Varvara Neiman
10 - 17 September 2022
Water-based oils, acrylics and watercolours
To learn more about Varvara and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Milind Mulick

Milind Mulick
17 - 24 September 2022
‘Colourful watercolours’
To learn more about Milind and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Cynthia Armstrong

Cynthia Armstrong - fully booked, waiting list open
24 September - 1 October 2022
Watercolours and gouache
To learn more about Cynthia and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.

Tim Wilmot

Tim Wilmot - fully booked, waiting list open
1 - 8 October 2022
To learn more about Tim and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.

Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth - fully booked, waiting list open
8 - 15 October 2022
To learn more about Grahame and his course at the mill, please visit his 2022 Profile Page.


Watermill painting tutors of the month Maggie Renner Hellmann and Ruth Korch

In coming newsletters we would like to introduce you all our inspiring tutors for next year. There are so many painting tutors that we going to have do it two at a time, in strictly chronological order. This month it is the turn of Maggie Renner Hellmann and Ruth Korch.

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann Maggie Renner Hellmann

Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant color. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.” Her oil painting above is called Wine Kissed by the Sun and Sea, an evocative title chosen by Maggie from suggestions by Watermill guests and followers.

Maggie is also an enthusiastic tutor who has been teaching for more than 15 years – and loves it! Her workshop will cover oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing, sketching mediums including wax pastels and watercolour. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced painter. Maggie says: “In this plein air workshop, we will paint in spectacular Tuscan locations. You’ll be learning and practising the core elements of successful paintings.

Painting by Maggie Renner Hellmann
Maggie’s painting of the castle at Verrucola,
where we take our painting groups on Mondays

Maggie will be with us from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June 2022.

Some comments on Maggie’s courses at the Watermill:

“Maggie is good at teaching in all mediums and with all levels. She did wonderful demos in watercolour, acrylic, pastel and oil. Every day we did critiques together and learned from each other. I highly recommend this art workshop, as well as the most wonderful accommodation with great food and wine. A little piece of heaven in experiencing Italy.”

An art workshop in a place like that Watermill can’t get better than that, especially with you guys as host and hostess.

One of the best vacations I have ever had.”

Painting by Ruth Korch
One of the Paris pages from Ruth Korch’s journal

Ruth Korch

Ruth Korch, from Santa Cruz, California, USA, has two particular passions: watercolours and calligraphy. Art journaling allows her to marry these two loves. Her wonderful picture above is from Paris.

Now she is looking forward to Posara! She says:On this amazing art journaling adventure in Tuscany, we will fill our pages with vignettes of the gorgeous sites we visit; perhaps a still life of delicious food and wine; we may capture the dappled light and deep shadows on an ancient building; or the vibrant colors from The Watermill’s garden.

Painting By Ruth Korch
A sketch by Ruth of the Watermill,
in preparation for her visit

We will conjure the sights, smells and sounds of the beauty around us - using both imagery and words.

Here is a lovely comment from one of her students: “Ruth’s love for beauty and life, along with her patient and gentle teaching manner has boosted my confidence, helped me tap into an artistry I never thought I had, given me new eyes to see the world around me, and taught me skills and techniques I can carry forward on my creative journey.”

Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the mill!

Why not bring your non-painting partner as well?

There’s a generous £250 discount for him/her if they share a room with you - and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities Page for suggestions.

Watermill in Italy's Knitting NewsKNITTING NEWS

Our notable knitting and elegant embroidery weeks

Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan - fully booked, waiting list open
23 - 30 April 2022
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Norah and her course at the mill, please visit our 2022 Profile Page.

Louisa Harding

Louisa Harding
7 - 14 May 2022
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Louisa and her course at the mill, please visit our 2022 Profile Page.

Debbie Abrahams

Debbie Abrahams - fully booked, waiting list open
14 - 21 May 2022
Knitting and La Bella Vita
To learn more about Debbie and her course at the mill, please visit our 2022 Profile Page.

Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright
9 - 16 July 2022
Embroidered ‘postcards from Posara’
To learn more about Rachel and her course at the mill, please visit our 2022 Profile Page.

Norah has needlework and artistry in her blood

Norah Gaughan, Editor of Vogue Knitting in the USA, has needlework and artistry in her blood! Norah, who will be leading a week of knitting and La Bella Vita Italiana at the Watermill this spring, is the younger child of Phoebe Gaughan, artist and needlework illustrator, and Jack Gaughan, illustrator of fantasy and science fiction books and magazines.

Norah first learned to knit at the age of 14, while she and a friend avoided a heat-wave by staying indoors for the day, knitting to pass the time.

As a freelance designer, according to her Wikipedia entry, she published designs in "Vogue knitting" and "Woman's World" magazines and single pattern flyers of Reynolds and Bernat yarn companies. Although previously known to hand knitters for her knitting patterns, following the 2006 publication of her book Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature she became internationally known.

Norah’s designs “are often based upon the mathematical expressions underlying natural patterns as opposed to naturalistic visual impressions. They are complex in origin but not necessarily so in execution or appearance. She has an innovative use of texture and combination of stitches, often creating new knitting stitches for her designs. Her work is noted as very recognizable on sight.”

Norah tells us: “I'm inspired by nature and science, while at the same time keeping an eye what's happening in the fashion world. My teaching style is rather relaxed. My goal is to have the class be fun and interesting.”

Norah will bring two special projects for her week, based on her new Twisted Stitch Sourcebook, published this year.

Knitting group at the watermill in Italy

Don't forget your partner!

And don’t forget that your friend or partner doesn’t need to participate in the creative course, whether it’s painting, language or writing.

We offer them a range of Alternative activities for partners on all our 2021 courses, as well as a generous £GBP 250 discount if they share a room with you.


Creative writing News at the watermill in ItalyCREATIVE WRITING NEWS

What is your favourite memoir?

Your favorite memoir
Picture: Penguin Books

“A memoir can be a lot of things,” said a recent story from the publishers Penguin Books, “a journey through someone's life, an insight into their mindset at a particular time, a comfort to someone experiencing similar things, an inspiration for those seeking something more.”

It adds: “Memoirs are both intimate and all-encompassing; in telling their own story, the author is often speaking to a vast audience.”

When Penquin Books asked people on Twitter tell them about their favourite memoir,“we were inundated with recommendations, encompassing everything from reflections on war, grief, sexuality and religion, to insider accounts of Hollywood life, political conspiracy, even philosophical sporting legends.”

Here’s the Top Ten list. It’s your your favourite among them? Do you have any other suggestions for the best memoir of all time?

Book - Educated

No 1: Educated. (2018)

Penguin say: Tara Westover’s compelling coming-of-age memoir was a popular fixture on "Book of the Year" lists back in 2018, from The Guardian toThe New York Times,The Economist and Vogue. Documenting her escape from a strict Mormon household in Idaho, Educated is an inspiring ode to the power of education and self-determination.”  Readers said: “An extraordinary story in itself, but beautifully and unsentimentally written. Still think about it a year or two later.”

No. 2: Priestdaddy (2017)

Penguin says: “Poet Patricia Lockwood’s loving take on her unorthodox Catholic upbringing is an absolute joy. From anti-abortion rallies to virginity pledges, it explores the complexities of balancing tradition with hard-won identity.” Readers say: "Funny, but lyrical, and an incredible story.”

Book - Becoming

No 3: Becoming Michelle Obama (2018)

Penguin says: “The candid memoir of the United States' former First Lady inspired Nadia Hallgren's brilliant 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name. From her childhood in Chicago to her time spent at the world's most famous address, this is a revelatory reading experience.” Readers say: “She’s had such a unique experience. Every night I sat down to read it, it felt like girl talk time. A mentor via a book.”

The next seven most memorable memoirs of all time, according to the Penguin Books’ survey, are:
No.4: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton (2018)
No 5: Know My Name by Chanel Miller (2019)
No.6: The Lonely City by Olivia Laing (2016)
No.7: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (2016)
No 8: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley (1965)
No.9: Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr (2016)
No.10: Red Notice by Bill Browder (2015)

Is your favourite among that list? If not, why not write to us and let us know (you can reach us here). Better still, why not come and tell us all learn how to write your irresistible memoir on Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories week at the Watermill

About our writing week

The vine verandah
The vine verandah, a perfect place to share your thoughts

As ever, we are looking forward to another of Jo Parfitt’s renowned Writing Your Life Stories week next year. Jo’s course is the perfect first step for any writer wanting to develop the skills and confidence necessary to move into writing memoir, non-fiction, articles or blogs.

We have had amazing feedback over the years on the value of Jo’s course, and we are glad to say it remains as popular as ever. The course is designed to help both enthusiastic beginners and more experienced writers. It will help you to produce your best work, to find your true writer's 'voice' and to write authentically.

Jo Parfitt

Jo Parfitt is an author, journalist, teacher, blogger, conference speaker and poet. She has published 32 books herself, has helped more than 250 authors get into print and more than 2,000 people to begin writing.

Jo's a compassionate, inspiring, and encouraging teacher: her motto is 'sharing what I know to help others to grow'.

This creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer's 'voice' and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories. Jo says: "The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. You will be empowered to write in a compelling way, bringing your experiences to life."

The workshop will include several methods and genres and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a calm and supportive environment, this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.

Here are some comments from guests on Jo’s previous courses at the Watermill: “The most magical trip to Tuscany, which will stay with me forever!” “It is a very special and beautiful place, and everything was organised so perfectly. Jo is a great tutor and we all had an amazing time.” “It was just wonderful. The attention to detail and beauty are a sure recipe for a wonderful stay. Jo is an inspirational teacher.”

Jo’s course runs from Saturday 18 June to Saturday 25 June 2022.

Jo Parfitt

Jo Parfitt - fully booked, waiting list open
18 – 25 June 2022
Write your life stories
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2022 Profile Page.



Why 31 is the extra mile in Italian

Pope Leo X
Pope Leo X by Raphael

In 1519, Pope Leo X was in the middle of announcing the list of names for his new College of 30 Cardinals (a large number for the period) when he realised that he had inadvertently left off one of his most talented and prestigious prelates. Undeterred (he was a Medici after all), he simply added the man’s name to the list, much to the consternation of the room.

He silenced their murmurings with a phrase: ‘Chi ha fatto trenta può fare trentuno’: Whoever has done 30 can do 31. After the Medici Pope had shown the Cardinals who was boss, his phrase slipped into the language as an expression for doing more than was necessary or expected. In other words ‘to go the extra mile.’ Why stop at 30 when you can do 31?

31 Picture from the Local
Picture: The Local

The guests on our latest Italian Language course certainly seem to think that we scored 31. One writes: “Thank you so much for such a fabulous holiday. The Watermill was lovely and you really made us feel us very welcome and well looked after. It was a home from home. I loved the very sociable aspect of the holiday as well as the excellent food and excursions. Francesca was a super teacher making the lessons fun. The week went too quickly!”

As ever, we are grateful to The Local, the online Italian newspaper in English, for pointing this in the direction of this intriguing phrase and story.

Francesca La Sala

We still have a few places left on our Italian Language course next October and we’d love you to join us.

The Watermill has teamed up again with the wonderful Italian language tutor Francesca La Sala, to produce a week in which you can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be also be individually customised, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

This exciting language course is suitable for all levels of ability. The philosophy and method are inspired by Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, with a method that not only develops theoretical knowledge, but practical know-how as well.

Language course at the watermill in Tuscany
learning the language
under the dappled sun
of the vine verandah

The aim is to enhance the personal qualities of each student, tailoring the teaching to their needs and ambitions, establishing active and confident relationships, where the student is the true protagonist in the course.

One previous course participant said: “A super language week: well organised, giving us a taste of the ‘real Italy'.’ Despite the disparity in ability our tutor managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously.”

Our 2022 Italian Language course

Francesca la SalaFrancesca la Sala
15 - 22 October 2022
Learning Italian with the Italians
To learn more about Francesca and her
2022 course at the mill, please click here.


The watermill in Italy's newsletter specialsNEWSLETTER SPECIALS

Everything's included in your watermill painting holiday, creative writing holiday, knitting week or Italian Language course

Don’t forget that everything is included in the cost of a painting holiday, writing, knitting, or language holiday: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport; an excursion by train to visit the ancient walled city of Lucca or the stunning seaside villages of the Cinque Terre).

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

Whether you're travelling alone or with a partner you can be sure of a warm welcome, and that you'll be well looked after. We have built our reputation on the comfort of the mill and the care we provide.

Become a Patron of The Watermill at Posara

Visit our Watermill Patrons website (Link below). Just follow the instructions to subscribe and enjoy special privileges. By becoming a Patron you’ll enjoy many exclusive benefits, including practical and inspiring tips from our international painting and creative writing tutors, recipes from the watermill’s mouth-watering menus, and podcasts on Italian life. And there are also exclusive offers at the higher tiers for our courses and holidays.

Thank you for reading the watermill in Italy's newsletterTHANK YOU

We very much look forward to welcoming you to the mill and, for those of you who have already tasted the many delights at The Watermill at Posara, we look forward to welcoming you back.

Your hosts at the watermill, Italy

With very best wishes a tutti

Your hosts at the watermill in Tuscany

Lois and Bill Breckon