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June 2007   











Discover your artistic flair or rekindle creative passions on a unique art break. Under the tutelage of an internationally acclaimed Trompe l'oeil artist, improve your painting technique whilst enjoying the luxuries of a Unique Home Stay. Tucked away in the tranquil Ruthern Valley, just a short drive from the wild oceanic scenery of the North Cornish coast, Janet Shearer has opened the doors to a contemporary barn conversion adjacent to her beautiful country cottage. Here she invites guests to paint in her studio, experience the art of country living, and enjoy stylish accommodation in a place where you can truly get away from it all. Whether you are picking up a paintbrush for the first time, or are a serious artist, Janet will help you tap into your artistic talents and give you as much, or as little, personal tuition as you wish.

Between chauffeured expeditions to explore the galleries, landscapes and artistic gems of the area, spend time in the studio, learning the skills from an expert with 30 years of experience and two published books on the subject under her belt. As well as accommodation at Janet Shearer's Higher Grogley Farm, we can arrange art classes with Janet at one of a handful of Unique Home Stays listed below:


Higher Grogley Farm Artists' Retreat, Nr Ruthernbridge, North Cornwall
Up to 4 people, B&B

Once a grain store, the barn adjacent to Janet Shearer's country home has just been converted into a cottage-style apartment, with wooden floors, beamed ceilings, armchairs and a lick of contemporary décor. 

The apartment has just one double en-suite, one twin room, a bathroom and a cosy living area where you can sink into the sofa with a cup of tea. Breakfast made from locally sourced produce (and any other pre-arranged meals) will be served in Janet's 18th century country cottage next door.

How much? £45pppn (Plus £25 per hour/£60 per half-day/£100 per day for personal art tuition)
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Ford Mill, Umberleigh, Devon
Up to 5

The perfect retreat for creative types, this converted Georgian water mill and millers cottage is set in 47 acres of woods and pastureland criss-crossed with streams and ponds. 

Enjoy exclusive use of this characterful cottage, with its roaring log fire for winter months and the bright ambience of a garden room for summer months. As well as picturesque scenery to turn your paintbrushes to, there is also a plethora of wildlife including badgers, herons, ducks, geese, moorhens, deer, pheasants, barn owls and woodpeckers. You can also take a coastal art expedition to the nearby beaches of Saunton Sands and Woolacombe.

How much? £35pppn (Under 14's £15 per night; under 3's free)
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Landewednack, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
9-15 (including the coach house)

Landewednack House is in a spectacular location for artists - on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula, just footsteps away from the UK's most southerly tip. A former rectory perched on the edge of the stunning Church Cove, this luxurious house is steeped in history and heritage. 

Yet its traditional feel is complimented by all mod cons, a beautiful, heated outdoor pool and some of the finest food and wine available in the West Country. Take your canvas to the coast path and enjoy the backdrop of the ocean and cliffs, or relax in the shelter of the grounds and let the sub-tropical gardens inspire you.

How much? From £126-£150 per room per night
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Mill Hay, Broadway, Worcestershire
Up to 6

Situated at the gateway to England's largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you won't be short of landscapes to paint at Mill Hay. 

Experience utter luxury and a tranquil place to stay in the Cotswolds, and unleash your artistic talents whilst you let the stresses and strains of everyday life melt away. Make yourself at home in one of just three unashamedly plush suites, and if you choose the Garden Suite you can enjoy the scenery without leaving your room. The Balcony Room also overlooks the gardens, and the garden hall is the perfect place to draw creative inspiration from the splendour of the gardens without even stepping foot outdoors.

How much? From £140-£180 per room per night (B&B)
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Creekside, Helford, Cornwall

This unique artist's retreat on banks of the Helford River sits close to Frenchman's Creek, where the famed Daphne Du Maurier found much of her literary inspiration. 

Whether you plant your easel in the secret woodland gardens or take a sketchbook to the riverbank, here there is an endless supply of stunning scenery just begging to be committed to canvas. Capture the sunset from the covered veranda or the open deck, or follow the pathways amongst glades of magnolia, camellia and honeysuckle. An eclectically furnished waterfront house, perfect for artists that really want to squirrel themselves away, there is no phone or TV to disturb your creative flow, just nature to inspire you.

How much? Prices From: £1800 per week for the entire property (Or from £1,500 for the main house sleeping up to 7 / Lower apartment from £400, sleeping up to 3).
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For More Information Contact Sarah Stanley or Jess Clark
Tel:  +44(0)1637 881183




This is a small selection of our Unique Home Stays Country/Coastal retreats. Please see our website for more ideas and accommodation to suit you. We have properties in the UK, USA, Spain, South Africa, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, India, Greece, France and the Czech Republic.


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Launched in 2001, Unique Home Stays offers the crème de la crème of privately hosted accommodation that offers a unique alternative to run-of-the mill hotels. Having travelled the world, MD Sarah Stanley knew what she expected from top quality accommodation: Intimate and luxury hospitality, pristine homes oozing with character, excellent regional cuisine and comfortable bedrooms with all the trimmings. Today Unique Home Stays offers superior accommodation in over 100 homes scattered over 14 different countries. The properties include castles, priories, rectories, windmills, water mills, townhouses, coastal homes and even a house in the sea.







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