South of France. Weekend & Midweek Travel Sketching Getaways.

Looking down on the inner courtyard of Hotel d’Alibert.

Looking down on the inner courtyard of Hotel d’Alibert.

If you have been part of our highly successful Erin Hill Travel Sketch Workshops in London recently. Then read on.
Or you’ve only just discovered us, come and enjoy a quiet weekend in a tiny French village, where the only sounds you’ll here are the chirping of little birds and the vines growing.
A perfect getaway from the madness of city life and to chill out and rediscover those quiet moments you had forgotten exist. And to immerse yourself in sketching. No experience necessary.

Perfect for a small group, an anniversary, a Mother and daughter weekend, or Family weekend and more.

Erin Hill Sketching has designed a very simple way to get absolutely anybody sketching. You will have the joy of discovering that creative side you never thought possible. It can change your life.

Start your sketching journey, or simply continue the one you’re on - welcome to our latest addition to Short Stay Sketch Holidays South of France with Erin Hill ( EHS International Tutor) and Annette Morris ( Head Tutor EHS France)

In under 2 hrs from U.K. you can join our Weekends and Midweek 2 night/2 day stays. Here to get you started is the this delightful one.

Caunes Minervois Travel Sketch Weekend.

Caunes-Minervois is a small very pretty medieval town and commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region in southern France. It is known particularly for its ancient Abbey, dating from the eighth century, and the outstanding red marble that has been quarried locally from Roman times. The name may derive from the ancient local Occitan word for cave, “cauna”, of which there are a number in the immediate area. You will be staying in a smaller family owned abbey.

Dates: July ‘19
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th
Dates: August ‘19
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th
You can enquire about later dates.

2night/2day Weekends
Tutoring only €300pp
Book your own accommodation and pay as you go food and drinks.

or Full Package €675pp
2 nights accommodation with ensuite bathroom. Breakfast included. At Hotel d’Alibert, a 300yr old family abbey.
Friday Welcome drinks and dinner plus Saturday Eve dinner and drinks
2 lunches and drinks
Airport Pickup and drop-off to Carcassonne Airport.

BOOKINGS. Please email for more info and booking form.

Flights to Carcassonne.
Transport to and from Hotel d’Alibert if not taking the package.
Travel Insurance.
Additional personal spending

Full Kit available if you’d like to pick up on arrival. €90
Click the link to see what you’ll need if you’d like to get your own.
Or loan a sketch Kit for €10 daily.

Friday Eve. Plan to arrive at Hotel d’Alibert by 7pm.
Address: Rue Saint-Genes, 11160 Caunes- Minervois.
Meet Fredric, Mathilde and Charles, the family owners, and be shown to your room.
Meet for aperitifs in the courtyard and then to dinner at a nearby restaurant.

We’ll have an introduction to what’s ahead over the next 2 days.
We can chat about your sketching experience and what you’d like to achieve. Chat about the sketch kit. A quick food demo which you’re welcome to try.

Saturday. Enjoy a beautiful breakfast in the courtyard. Expresso cafe or fine teas, just baked croissant and baguette with butter and jams, eggs, yoghurt and seasonal fruit.
We’ll start our warm up sketch at 10am on the courtyard tables. Our sketching will be plein air and we’ll find a location for our village sketch. At 1pm we’ll take a break and order some something delicious. With a drink if you like. Here we’ll sketch the table settings then off agin sketching till 3.00PM.

Meet again at Hotel D’Alibert courtyard at 7pm for aperitifs and chat about the day. Dinner at nearby restaurant where we’ll critique our work and chat about how to progress.

Sunday. Relax over your beautiful breakfast and enjoy the sounds only of birds chirping.
A warmup sketch and out on location for a plein air sketch till lunch at Midday in the local Bar. We can continue till you must leave us for the airport.

Return home having chilled out in the quiet of a tiny French village, with sketches to remind you that you have become a sketcher and that it wasn’t just a dream.

We do quite a bit of walking so do make sure your fitness levels are fine for up and down steps and stairs, and cobbled laneways.

What to bring.
Your own Erin Hill Travel Sketch Kit or purchase and pick up on arrival €90
We can loan for the day at €10 daily
Click here to see the customised Sketch Kit


These follow a similar format to WEEKENDS. The costs are the same.
They take place from Tuesday to Thursday.
Email your dates to

Erin Hill