4.5 Days, 4 Nights | £730 pp

Non Residential – £500 | Non Painting Partner – £230

9th – 13th September


Discover or fine tune a talent away from the stresses of modern day life – Your chance to spend 4 tranquil days in a hidden gem – a historic walled garden, stocked with beautiful flowers located in the village of Llanrhaeadr D.C in Denbighshire, on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty – just 20 minutes from A55 coastal route through North Wales. Nights in fine quality, exclusive accommodation so that you can connect with your own well-being. This carefully selected experience will both inspire you and connect you to our glorious landscape. Add to that gorgeous local food & drink, with fascinating stories and a wonderful short break awaits you.

The Laundry Garden Retreat

4 Stress free days:

Suitable for all levels of ability.


    • Your own special arts resources – for use during the course – plus extra group resources 
    • 4 days of Individually tailored tutoring from Sonia Hawes – an artist of 10 years experience running courses all over Europe
    • Bespoke Tour and access to a Private Walled Garden
    • 4 nights accommodation with breakfast;
    • 5 afternoon teas; 4 morning coffee, , 4 lunches, 4 evening meals,
    • A guided trip around a local Medieval Town with Stories of Castles, Revolution, Prisons, Royal Intrigue

Meet your hosts:

Sonia Hawes



In March 2015  Sonia relocated to the lovely little village of Caerwys in Flintshire and was inspired by the designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” which is her back garden, very different from Northamptonshire where she was based for thirty years.

She works in a variety of media, mainly acrylic, pastel and watercolour enjoying the variety.  

Having travelled in India, South America, Scandinavia, China, Europe, and to both Antarctica and the Arctic with her sketchbook and camera she is able to add a little extra to her workshops!!

“Initially training as a teacher in Cambridge and then moving into adult painting, drawing classes, and life classes, I really enjoy finding the inner creative artist in everyone helping them learn new skills with great enjoyment.

I run Art holidays in both Britain and Europe which have proved really popular, I receive great feedback – people seem to have a great time and get a great feeling of well being and achievement.”  

“I am really looking forward to working in my home territory, and working alongside Jennie her wonderfully warm welcome and her fabulous home”.

The Laundry Retreat 

Jennie Williams – Your host


Once, The Laundry and Dairy to Llanrhaeadr Hall, this grade II listed property built in true Georgian style. The house was built in the 1770s. The family have owned the house and surrounding land for over 140 years. The property was passed down to Tom (Jennies husband) in 1984 and sensitively restored in 2010. Tom, Jenny and family have lived here since 2011.

There are dogs (Digger and Amber) and cats, hens, plenty of wildlife.

Did we mention the garden?

Opening the door to the walled garden you discover a hidden world of fresh herbaceous planting and formal hedging, worn stones with stories to tell, and interesting structures. This secret and secluded space has walls-a-plenty, studded with the nails of a dozen past gardeners, making nectarines and peaches form fanned shapes to ripen fruit and please the eye.

Our modern day desire is to create avenues and leafy canopies, directing you through and offering shade within the oasis.

A mulberry remains as the sole survivor from history, losing a limb in its middle age, it leans… a lopsided link to the past.

Jennie will be delighted to welcome you into her home “We hope you can make your stay as much about rest and relaxation as re-balancing and connecting with nature, and the harmony and beauty there in”.

Your art experience::

Day 1

The Laundry Retreat

3pm- 4.30pm meeting of all participants at the Laundry Retreat for tea and cake. Getting to know each other and a brief introduction to the sketching venue and area.

7pm meet at The Laundry Retreat for dinner

Day 2

The Laundry Retreat

Exploring plant and flower structures and how to simplify them, drawing a variety of flowers, exploring composition and colour

Coffee / Lunch / Afternoon Tea

Day 3

The Laundry Retreat

Meet at the Laundry Retreat.  
Look at the work of a range of artists.
Choosing a garden view, thumbnail sketches – putting things into practice – mapping out and starting your painting
Coffee / Lunch / Afternoon Tea
7pm Dinner

Day 4    

The Laundry Retreat

Review of previous work and a look at other artists’ choice of  Materials. Playing with mixed media. Print techniques, using stamps, resist, collage.
Coffee / Lunch / Afternoon Tea
Trip into the Historic Town of Ruthin with Private Tour (Optional)
7pm Dinner

 Day 5    

The Laundry Retreat

Using our experiments in a mixed media piece, selecting an area of garden or house to work on a new painting,  
Coffee / Lunch / Afternoon Tea
3pm   Round up of course, tea, cake, and goodbyes


Book your experience

(Some changes may occur dependant on weather)

Laundry Garden Retreat