Chateau for Art 2018 - Consideration for 2019 . .

 Château de la Chesnaye

Château de la Chesnaye

The Schoolhouse for Art has twinned with Château de la Chesnaye located just north of Orléans in France to bring you Château for Art offering art retreats in 2019.

The Schoolhouse for Art set off to Château de la Chesnaye for one week in September 2018 and offered students an exclusive introductory price of €550 (That was over 50% off the normal fee of €1150.) Flights were not included. Flights were priced at approximatel €80 return with Ryanair flying into Tours.

The September 2018 trip set off from Dublin on Friday 31st of August and returned Friday 7th September. 
The fee included full board accommodation in the Château de la Chesnaye , transfers in France including day trips and all art materials. 

Students were met at Tours airport and driven to Château de la Chesnaye by a member of staff. 

Guests were met with refreshments on arrival at the Château de la Chesnaye and we took this chance to explore what was our home for the week and get comfortable with our surroundings. There was a cocktail party in the Clock Bar where we met fellow artist this was followed by an evening meal in the garden.

All guests stayed on a full board basis, the  Chef’s of Château de la Chesnaye are passionate and renowned for their family style plates of the finest fresh seasoned ingredients from the best local suppliers. Classic simplicity is our Chef’s specialty, with local produce and classic wines of the region being the staple of the daily menu.

An example of a typical day at Château de la Chesnaye.

7.30 to 9.30 ~ Breakfast in the Sun Room or out in the courtyard.

 9.30 ~ Painting together with the group.

 1.30 ~ Lunch.

Special Picnic presented in the grounds of the Chateau by our chef.


Relax, continue painting or choose from one of the other afternoon activities.

 7.30 ~ Cocktails in the Clock Bar.

 8.30 ~ Dinner on the Garden Terrace.

In 2019 During your stay there will also be day trips to near by places of interest such as a trip to the City of Joan O’Arc, Orleans and Day trip to the beautiful city of Chartres.

Château de la Chesnaye, not a hotel but a home to enjoy the company of other art lovers and soul searchers. You will have the freedom to express yourself without instruction. Owner and artist, Sandra Kelly Williams will be your host for the week to ensure you have everything you’ll need. With an extensive range of creative and relaxing activities available, we guarantee time spent at Château De La Chesnaye will be rewarding and rejuvenating. The 18th century French Chateau has been lovingly renovated. Château de la Chesnaye combines traditional elegance with modern finesse. From the impressive dining room to each of the individually designed guest rooms, there’s a relaxing ambiance that convinces you the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a world away. 

Experience the inspiration of Monet while painting in the countryside en plain air. Painting without instruction, you can explore your own creativity with confidence. Listen to your artistic instincts, and take pleasure in the feeling of immersing yourself into your painting and enjoying the process, without interruption.

We will provide you with all the materials you need to enjoy your painting retreat. Select from Oils, Watercolours or Acrylics. Feel free to bring along your favourite brushes.

For more information and to book your spot click here.



Weekend Art Breaks

Do you want to spend a whole weekend painting, sculpting, drawing or generally being creative in one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages….?
…of course you do… and the perfect venue is… the Schoolhouse for Art.

Situated at the heart of Enniskerry village the crown of Wicklow – Ireland’s ‘garden county’, the Schoolhouse for Art resides in an atmospheric old building built in 1818 which was the local National School for almost 200 years until the children moved to their new school in 2011. The iconic schoolhouse has been brought back to life as the Schoolhouse for Art which is a facility for the study and exploration of arts and crafts.
A diverse team of dedicated art and craft tutors, who are all professional and experienced artists, provide a wonderful program full of classes and workshops throughout the year, excellent tuition in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

The Schoolhouse for Art is putting a programme of mini breaks to be held in the heart of Enniskerry Village, at the foot of the wicklow mountains for your pleasure. Watch this space!

A perfect venue for Art Groups….

Private Art Group weekends (or weekdays) can also be facilitated in the Schoolhouse for Art. If you are in an art group (5 or larger) and you like the idea of heading off with your fellow artists for a couple of days pure art in a perfect location, the Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry is the perfect choice. Located on the outskirts of Dublin (just off the M50) and with the Wicklow landscape as a stunning backdrop, Enniskerry has everything to offer for a great group art breakincluding great accommodation, gorgeous food and great craic in the local pubs where the day’s art can be discussed, dissected and debated.

We can provide the space and the tutor – tailored to your group’s artistic needs.