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A holiday at Ashbrooke House, Fermanagh

"Altogether, a most instructive, uplifting, inspiring and enjoyable experience."

Our painting course with you at Ashbrooke has been a truly unique experience - far more wonderful than one could have imagined. In fact, absolutely wonderful in every way! That sounds a bit over the top perhaps, but exactly how I think we all felt. Nick and Bea are the most patient and kind of teachers. They were always so very enthusiastic and positive and all their advice and instruction was so clear, constructive and very inspiring. I think we all felt on a creative high the whole weekend!! It was a great privilege to watch Nick painting Lara and Richard and to marvel at how his portraits evolve so quickly and apparently so effortlessly. The master working miracles. I think we all learned a new perception of the world - dark and light and no lines! Altogether the whole experience was a revelation.

You looked after us so wonderfully- from the cottage pie to the lemon cake and all the other mouthwatering meals and the lovely glasses of wine! It was all so delicious and so relaxed and unhurried. Behind the scenes, you must have been so busy but one would never have known at all.  You made us all feel so very welcome and at home and completely at ease. It was lovely too, to meet lots of new people and to have such interesting and relaxed chats in such an elegant and comfortable environment with such beautiful views in all directions.

It has altogether been a most instructive, uplifting, inspiring and enjoyable experience. Thank you all so very much for a marvelous weekend which we will always remember with great pleasure.

Rosemary Wilkinson

"My idea of heaven"

Thank you SO much for such a brilliant opportunity to study with Nick. What a lovely man, and inspiring artist. I got so much out of the weekend, and much of the experience was down to your wonderful hospitality. I think that the two of you went above and beyond to ensure your guests comfort and you both made it feel like a family house party and not just a course. Devine home cooked food, comfortable rooms, children, lambs and even a small goat! My idea of heaven. I hope that you will keep me in mind for any other art orientated weekends as I would love to return. I wish you all success with future events - you have such a great thing going.

Beverley


"Completely blown away by the whole experience"

I hope you had a good rest after all your hard work and absolute diligence in making our whole stay at Ashbrooke House so perfect.

I know my family were completely blown away by the whole experience as of course I was also!

Margaret Haire

"Great location, great painting, great company."

I recently had the complete pleasure of attending a three-day painting course at the beautiful Ashbrooke House. The accommodation is exceptionally comfortable and we had the most delicious food and were completely spoiled by Amanda and Chris - wonderful hosts!

The course was everything I hoped for and more. Suitable for an artist of any ability. Nick Bashall is a wonderful instructor, patient and good humoured! I feel that I have learnt so much that I can continue to use in my work.

I loved every minute, including the company of the other artists and the stories shared.

I can't wait to go back.

Frieda Wightman


"...one can think, dream and loose oneself."

Wow! What a fantastic few days I had at Ashbrooke, the most beautiful Georgian house set within the most picturesque landscape of rolling hills and ancient trees. The house has been exquisitely restored by Amanda who has created such a relaxing and warm homely environment. Beautiful rooms where one can think, dream and loose oneself, forgetting the trials of life left behind somewhere.

I took part in the first art course with the prestigious portrait artist, Nick Bashall with his assistant Bea, who taught us the fundamentals of traditional drawing. It was a very intense few days and we all learnt so much, in awe of the brilliance of the Master!

The food that Amanda produced seemed unending and quite sublime. Everything freshly prepared and delivered just when it was most appreciated. Those Portuguese custard tarts are to die for!

I cannot recommend Ashbrooke House more highly for a place to run a course or partake of a course and I hope there will be many more so that others can benefit from the magical experience all superbly hosted by Christopher and Amanda.

Chrissie Pendry