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 painting a piece of furniture
Platter of food at an Annie Sloan painting retreat

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 Bristol, UK. 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 a retreat
Attendees enjoying an Annie Sloan painting retreat
"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
Indi painting retreat location

Bujera Fort Retreat

January – February 2025 (exact dates TBC)

After much success in 2024, we’re delighted to announce that Annie Sloan will be hosting another exclusive furniture painting retreat in India in early 2025!

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”.

To be the first to hear about the 2025 retreat, sign up to our newsletter here.

Upcoming Retreats

Finished pieces on show at Annie Sloan painted furniture retreat

Court House Farm Retreat

Stay five nights and six days at a beautiful English manor, Court House Farm, have seasonal home-cooked food prepared by a local chef, drink selected wines, unwind and immerse yourself in the creative world of furniture painting. All painting sessions will be delivered by Doghead Designs and Annie Sloan within the grounds of Court House Farm which is artistic inspiration in itself.



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