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The workshops are run from a typical Provençal village house full of character, with traditional spiral staircases, low beams and terracotta floors.

The bedrooms are simply furnished, some are ensuite, others have shared bathrooms. Requests for specific rooms can be made at the time of booking.

There is a well-stocked library for students to use. The painting studio, the dining room and terrace look out over the swimming pool towards the Alpilles hills,and take in the astounding red ochre of Roussillon and the spectacular village perché of Gordes.

After work . . . After a day’s painting there will be time to enjoy the terrace and the pool, often accompanied by a beautiful sunset, before joining the tutor for a convivial evening meal.

Our food has played an important part in making Les Bassacs a success. Using fresh local ingredients, our meals have a distinctly Provencal flavour. A breakfast of croissants and bread fresh from the local boulangerie begins the day. You can also help yourself to fruit, muesli and yogurt as well as fruit juice, coffee and teas.Lunch is a buffet, or sometimes a picnic in the countryside.

The evening meal is a three course dinner, taken in the dining room overlooking the valley. We serve local wine with lunch and dinner.