"The eating hours and the food were perfect and it was lovely to eat outside. The swimming pool is a great asset as well. The studio was ideal. 'Really excellent, relaxing week. Great scenery and accommodation, good company and wonderful meals - but, above all, really encouraging and inspiring tuition. We'd both love to come again."
"A painting week at 'Shades of France' is a delightful experience. The area is very peaceful and there is a huge choice of subject matter. Mike and Sara Peel devote themselves to looking after their guests in every way including the most delicious meals, all home-cooked by Sara and admired by everyone. These were served outside whenever possible. One can relax by their lovely pool with sun beds when one is not painting either in the studio or outside and there are lots of beautiful and helpful books to browse about painting and great painters..There are wonderful walks or cycle rides and members of our group even went jogging before breakfast, not me! A marvellous week!"
"I wanted to thank you for a lovely painting week. Your home is absolutely gorgeous - so beautifully done - and the atmosphere you created felt very relaxed and welcoming. It always takes me a while to feel my way into a group - but because you seemed so at ease with having us all pottering around, it felt fine to go at one's own pace. The surrounding countryside was magnificent of course, and a wonderful place to paint."
Caroline - London
"Dear Mike and Sara,
Thank you so much for the Painting holiday. I enjoyed every aspect - for your friendship, for your lovely family, for the accommodation, your fantastic cuisine, the lovely location of the house and surrounding countryside and the journeys out to places to draw and paint. I thought we the artists all got on extremely well together, and all inspired by Mike Willdridge's tutoring.
Heartfelt thanks again,"
"Dear Sara and Mike.
What a wonderful time we have had with you. All that I hoped for and much more. To have had a week enjoying your beautiful countryside in your delightful home and with exceptionally friendly and interesting company was a real treat. Thanks to both of you.
Best wishes and thanks."
Love from Janet
"Hello Mike and Sara
We had a really lovely time with you and your family. Thanks so much for looking after us so well, we really appreciated all you did for us and the food was wonderful.
Lots of Love"
Pauline and Rod
"You have beaten me to it by contacting me first as I was about to email you to thank you for a most wonderful week which I enjoyed so much. You were both so hospitable. Delicious food, beautifully cooked and you were so good at helping us all and Mike for ferrying us around and showing us so much. The weather was good too. We thought the group who came got on so well together. Mike (the art teacher) was brilliant and I loved every moment of his tuition. Many thanks for being such excellent hosts.
"Dear Sara and Mike,
I really enjoyed the course with you: Mike the teacher was fab and your lovely house, food, family were all great. My friends all said I looked noticeably more relaxed when I came back to Munich, which was really my main goal. So thanks again!!
With best wishes,"
"Hi Mike and Sara
Just a quick email - I just wanted to say a big thank-you for a great week. You both worked so hard the whole week, but it was appreciated by the whole group, and everything was just perfect, and you even booked the weather for us, which was just a huge bonus.