Wednesday 17 May, 2023

Furniture Painting Retreat

: Doghead Designs
  • Location: Studio 9a, Clevedon Craft Centre
    Moor Lane
    North Somerset
    BS21 6TD
  • Start: 12:00 pm
  • End: 11:00 am
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After the success of our furniture painting retreat in May and October 2022, we are delighted to offer the next event!
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:


This retreat is totally unique and is the only one of its kind available within the UK. Combining painting, health and wellbeing and creativity, it will inspire you to learn new techniques within a truly magnificent, quirky and historic setting. Whether you consider yourself a complete novice or seasoned artist, this retreat will cater to your personal strengths and interests through the 1:1 tuition, demonstrations and creative activities.


  • Accommodation in a medieval manor (1300sAD), adjoining Tudor manor house (1500sAD)

  • Fully catered: breakfast, ‘elevensies’, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with selected wines

  • Annie Sloan Techniques Workshops (such as basic principles of Annie Sloan paint, waxing, texture, two tone distressing, gilding, stencil, decoupage, crackle, smooth finishes, ombré/blending, pattern and mark making)

  • Demonstrations on a variety of techniques

  • 1:1 tuition working on a piece that you will bring with you to upcycle

  • Live demonstration and Q&A with SPECIAL GUEST, Annie Sloan, the founder of Chalk Paint®, who will be joining us for two nights and three days

  • Exploring colour and texture on canvas, taking inspiration from the beautiful house and grounds

  • Photography and staging workshop with your upcycled piece of furniture

  • Opportunities for social media coaching

  • Flower picking and arranging

  • ‘Tablescaping’ – including making our own painted napkins

  • ‘Downtime’ to relax and enjoy some time away from the paintbrushes with local visits planned to Clevedon Pier

  • Meeting and socialising with likeminded individuals

  • An art talk by an art historian to accompany pre-dinner drinks

  • A talk to learn more about the history of Court House Farm

  • Live demonstration with Jonathan Marc Mendes, previous Painter In Residence for Annie Sloan

  • Special guests: mindfulness, health and wellbeing & relaxation (hand massage, dance therapy & yoga)


Wednesday 17th May to Monday 22nd May 2023.Own room with en suite: £2450
Own room sharing bathroom: £2350
Shared room with both participants taking part in all activities:
£2250 (ideal for friends/partners)

A £500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place with the balance due on 1st March 2023. To book pay your deposit, please visit If you would like to split the remaining balance over the coming months, please contact Tristan for information on this.

Bristol International Airport is 15miles away | Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway and Nailsea and Backwell train stations are all close-by. If you are arriving by public transport then arrangements can be made to source furniture and courier/ship the completed projects following the retreat.