Chateau Dumas: A Textile Painting Retreat in Southern France

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French Chateau Painting Retreat


Our Itinerary~

Arrival day w/Airport pick-ups from Toulouse
Simple lunch as required/ Afternoon tea and cakes
Aperitifs, nibbles and introduction with Melanie Royals and Lizzie Hulme
Three course Welcome Dinner

Chateau Breakfast
St Antonin farmer’s market and country flea markets
“Brown Bag” picnic lunch
Visit to local medieval hilltop village of Montpezat-de-Quercy, short walking tour, visit to Collegiale church to see the 15th century tapestry followed by aperitifs in bar
Three course dinner at Chateau Dumas and Chateau history talk

Chateau Breakfast
Caussade market and guided tour with Chef Charlotte Clement, visit to the brocantes stalls, coffee in market bar
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Hands-on cooking demo with Chef Charlotte
Regional wine, cheese and bread tasting with sommelier Laurent Zimmermann
Aperitifs +Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Fabric Painting Class (all day)
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Aperitifs + Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Fabric Painting Class (morning)
Noon departure for Bruniquel to visit the two crumbling Chateaux with original “plafond a la francaise” painted beams
Delivered luxury picnic in gardens of Bruniquel
Visit to Chapeau Willy's hat factory (great opportunity to buy from the factory shop)
Aperitifs + Three course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Fabric Painting Class (all day)
Lunch at Chateau Dumas
Aperitifs + Two-course dinner at Chateau Dumas

Chateau Breakfast
Day trip to Toulouse flea market
Lunch on own in Toulouse
Late afternoon return to Chateau Dumas
Champagne + Three course Farewell dinner

Chateau Breakfast
Departure drop off as required

Included: Almost everything!!
Not Included: Airfare, lunch in Toulouse, Honor Bar at the Chateau

Retreat Booking Options:

Book Your Retreat:

  • A deposit of $750 is required to reserve your space
  • The balance is due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there will be no refunds given after the balance has been paid
We strongly recommend that you take out your own travel and health insurance before traveling to France.
The workshop will run with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants.




Additional Retreat Information

Textile Painting Workshop with Melanie Royals
We will explore a variety of exciting textile printing and painting techniques including stenciling, dyeing and discharged color, and silkscreen pattern options on both fashion and upholstery fabrics. You will have the opportunity to create a silk scarf and patchwork pillows with your original printed fabrics. The comfortable Chateau Studio is fully functional, and even includes state of the art sewing machines.

Traveling to France
Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city center and Toulouse Blagnac international airport. We recommend that you plan your flight to arrive in Toulouse around late morning to midday Saturday. Alternatively, if you choose to extend you time in France either before or after the Retreat, you can make arrangements to arrive via rail at the Montauban (Villebourbon) or Caussade Railway Station.

Transport to Chateau Dumas from Toulouse
Transfer to and from the airport to Chateau Dumas is included! An afternoon transfer from Montauban train station is also available if you are traveling from another location in France. There are several transfers from the Chateau to the airport or train station on the morning of the departure Saturday. The times of these journeys will be confirmed in the month before your arrival.