Painting in the Lake District
Lake District, UK
- Lake Windermere
Measuring 18 kilometres in length, it is the largest lake in England and reflects the surrounding gloriously green landscape.
The first medium to which you will be introduced during this holiday, acrylics tend to be more forgiving than their oil-based cousin.
- Diarmid Doody
Known to most people as ‘Dee’, your expert host is a keen artist, naturalist and wildlife filmmaker.
- Oil painting
Requiring a certain amount of patience, oil painting can be a hugely satisfying medium, especially under the guidance of Dee.
- No fly
- Half board
Enjoy artistic inspiration in the Lake District
Stay four nights at the Macdonald Old England Hotel (4Q), during which you are invited to immerse yourself in the inspiration of the Lake District and translate your ideas onto canvas. With the help of your host, artistic expert and naturalist Diarmid ‘Dee’ Doody, you will explore the mediums of oil, watercolour and acrylic painting, beginning each day with a stroll and enjoying a painting session, during which Dee will showcase his own work and offer advice on how to improve your technique. Release your inner artist!
4 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
Local expert guide
- Included themed activities
- Cancellation rights
- Expert host talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, 23 Church St, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3DF
The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa (4Q) is considered one of the finest locally rated 4-star hotels in the Lake District. Set in the heart of the rugged Cumbrian countryside, it boasts stunning views of the beautiful Lake Windermere – the largest lake in England – with its own private jetties allowing you to get even closer to the natural beauty of the region. The elegant hotel is light and airy throughout and offers superb spa facilities which are complimentary for hotel guests.
All 106 en-suite rooms are traditionally furnished but boast a range of modern conveniences.
Tea coffee making facilities
Iron with Ironboard
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is on a full-board basis. The Restaurant at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa sits on the shore of Lake Windermere and boasts stunning views over the lake and surrounding fells. Meals will be served buffet-style in the hotel's restaurant. The Terrace Lounge is an elegant lounge and cocktail bar boasting more stunning views over the water.
Indoor swimming pool
Treatments (extra charge)
Set in north-west England in the county of Cumbria, the Lake District captivates visitors with its chocolate-box scenery of rolling hills, mountain peaks and ancient woodlands, as well its sprinkling of charming villages and hamlets that dot the landscape. As well as being home to England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest Lake, Wastwater, the Lake District's famous countryside has coloured the imaginations of some of England's best-loved literary icons including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Of course no visit to the Lake District is complete without exploring Lake Windermere, which stretches for 11 miles.
Bowness lies on its eastern shore, from where you can catch boats like buses and really appreciate the idyllic beauty of the lake and its surrounding scenery. From here, cruises on the lake make it easy to see all the best attractions that line the banks, including the Lakes Aquarium and the Lakeland Motor Museum, with its extensive collection of vintage automobiles, scooters and motorcycles.
Diarmid ‘Dee’ Doody
Your host for this special interest holiday, ‘Dee’ to his friends, is a passionate naturalist. Having provided his expertise to the reintroduction of the red kite to Scotland and monitored the species’ population in Wales, Dee has also worked as a television presenter and filmmaker for a selection of wildlife programmes shown on ITV.
Day 1 Arrival
Your artistic adventure begins at the Macdonald Old England Hotel (4Q). Upon arrival, sit down to a meal and welcome drinks with your fellow guests and get to know each other.
This evening will also provide an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your host Diarmid Doody. Known to most people as ‘Dee’, your host combines his two passions in life - art and wildlife - to create pieces that capture the natural world in its most beautiful forms. As fellow guests become new-found friends, you will be invited to showcase on your smartphone or tablet any previous works that you have completed. Dee hopes that you will be able to enhance and build upon your skill level, so don’t be shy! D
Day 2 Acrylics
Having enjoyed a breakfast that will surely sustain your creativity, wander down to the edge of Bowness Bay.
This short walk will provide a suitable opportunity to get to know your host and fellow guests - if you haven’t already. Taking in the beauty of the lake, with views across to Belle Isle, your conversation may turn to art, noting the famous names associated with the area; William Heaton Cooper RA, Alfred Heaton Cooper and W. G. Collingwood are just three artists who found that the Lake District provided an inspirational muse.
After lunch, it’s time to put brush to canvas. Your host will showcase a few examples of his own acrylic work and demonstrate his own technique before inviting you to try it for yourself. Acrylics are one of the easiest mediums to use due to their fast-drying nature, and amazing results can be achieved with careful use.
This evening, Dee will hope to host a film viewing at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 3 Oils
Known for being a little less forgiving than acrylic paint, oil-based paints take longer to dry and therefore require a degree of patience to achieve desired results. Don’t worry, Dee will be on hand to show examples of his own work before demonstrating correct technique and offering personal help to those who require it. B, L, D
Day 4 Finishing off
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction that accompanies that final flourish of the paint brush that finishes your creation. Dee will also give you brief assistance with watercolour as well as pen and ink work. B, L, D
Day 5 Farewell
Check out of Macdonald Old England Hotel and make your way home, perhaps having found a new hobby to take up and a few new friends. B
Please bring with you:
- A set of acrylic paints (small set is fine)
- A set of oil paints (small set is fine)
- An overall, a painting smock or some old clothes!
- Your own brushes if you prefer otherwise brushes will be supplied