Court House Farm and Gardens


Join us at one of the many furniture painting retreats Annie hosts and attends throughout the year!

What is a Furniture Painting Retreat?

Hosted in stunning locations across the UK and beyond, retreats are the ultimate immersive experience for furniture painting beginners and experts alike. Staying overnight in beautiful accommodation, they’re a chance to receive intimate 1-1 training and advice from Annie Sloan herself and some of the most skilled furniture painters in the Chalk Paint™ business.

They’re also an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and drink prepared by local chefs, and take part in additional activities, such as yoga and flower arranging, designed to enhance the sense of restful escapism. You’ll also meet supportive, like-minded individuals over the course of up to six days.

Annie Sloan demonstrating at the Court House Farm Furniture Painting Retreat
Table full of plates of food and foliage

Court House Farm Retreats

In May and October 2022, Annie Sloan and Doghead Designs hosted two of their hugely successful retreats at Court House Farm in Portishead, Bristol. Guests attended a series of Techniques Workshops (covering basic and advanced paint principles ranging from texture to ombré) and demonstrations taught by Annie herself and Brand Ambassador (and furniture painting extraordinaire!), Tristan Merriam of Doghead Designs.

Staying six days and five nights at the gorgeous English manor (an artistic inspiration in itself), attendees also received 1-1 tuition from Annie and Tristan on an upcycling project of their choice. Plus Q&A opportunities, photography, staging, and social media guidance. They also got treated to flower picking and arranging, day trips, art and history talks, and plenty of downtime to socialise and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!

To find out more and stay up to date on our upcoming UK retreats at Court House Farm, head over to this page, here.

Annie Sloan and Doghead Designs at the Court House Farm Furniture Painting Retreat
Retreat guests in the gardens at Court House Farm
"I’ve come away feeling really inspired, confident and ready to try new things. I had the best time and learnt so much which is exactly what I wanted to get out of the retreat." Victoria, Court House Farm Attendee

Upcoming Retreats


Court House Farm, Portishead, Bristol, UK

17th May to 22nd May 2023

From Wednesday 17th May to Monday 22nd May 2023 Annie Sloan and Doghead Designs are hosting another of their spectacular furniture painting retreats at Court House Farm in Portishead, Bristol. Stay five nights and six days at the beautiful English manor and immerse yourself in creative furniture painting, surrounded by Chalk Paint™ experts (all painting sessions delivered by Doghead Designs and Annie Sloan) and enthusiasts. Secure your place via the button below!

Guests and their painted pieces of furniture outside at Court House Farm

Court House Farm Retreat


Bujera Fort, India

31st January to 5th February 2024

We’re delighted to announce that Annie Sloan is hosting an exclusive furniture painting retreat at Bujera Fort in Rajasthan, India from Wednesday 31st January to Monday 5th February 2024! Udaipur’s only boutique hotel, Bujera Fort, has been carefully chosen for its beauty and splendour, as well as to its proximity to places of local and special interest. Surrounded by the stunning Aravali Hills and overlooking the City Palace, at this Retreat you’ll get the chance to escape and relax through the art of furniture painting, guided by the best in the business.

The Retreat will be hosted by Chalk Paint inventor and colour queen, Annie Sloan herself alongside Tristan Merriam, owner of Doghead Designs & Annie Sloan Brand Ambassador. Throughout the retreat you will benefit from one-on-one guidance from Annie and Tristan and enjoy the camaraderie and joy of creative collaboration with your fellow painters in India’s “jewel in the crown”.

For more information and tickets, click the button below!

Bujera Fort Annie Sloan Retreat Location in India

Bujera Fort Retreat



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