Ancienne maison des gardes



As one of the most beautiful villages in France, Lourmarin attracts many painters throughout the year. A picturesque village surrounded by olive groves and vineyards at the southern base of the beautiful, unspoilt Luberon mountain range. It is the perfect setting to capture the changing seasons in the South of France with Spring & Autumn being particularly beautiful.

Our art classes offer a week of informal and relaxed tutorage, at your own pace with the freedom to use the materials and mediums of your choice.

A graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts, Robin Coombes extensive study in fine arts, his practice in various mediums, and his international tutoring ensure an inspiring, intellectual and entertaining tutorage in both the art and the stories behind it.

Classes are kept to a maximum of eight people with a session each morning and afternoon.

Our classes are conducted in English and are designed to cater for all levels. If you do need assistance in what to pack we will be happy to provide advice. Easels, stools and paper will be supplied.

Ancienne Maison des Gardes is perfectly located within the village yet surrounded by idyllic countryside. Our self-contained apartments with well equipped kitchens and courtyard settings allow you to make the most of the Friday morning and Tuesday evening markets.

Having lived in Lourmarin for 10 years we are happy to share our knowledge of the village and it’s surrounds, from restaurants to picturesque rural walks and places of interest close by.

One week is simply not enough in this part of the world and Lourmarin is well placed to access not just the nearby villages but also the renowned areas of the South of France.  Situated between, and within a 40minutes drive, to Avignon and Cezanne’s Aix en Provence, Van Gogh’s St Remy de Provence and Arles, it is also one hour’s drive to the lively port village of Cassis and a boat tour of the Calanques so we do encourage you to consider extending your stay to discover the area at your leisure.


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