High in the Alpujarra, Andalusia, in southern Spain, on the edge of the small village of Ferreirola, Casa Ana is a large, 400 year old one time family home, transformed into a stylish guest house with south-facing terraces, garden and spectacular river gorge views that offer endless inspiration.
Casa Ana has been chosen as the perfect venue for our first Spanish painting course due to its reputation for providing high level comfort, superb food and a creative ambience, and as you will discover, ideal locations for the eager painter.
For those familiar with the books of Chris Stewart (‘Driving Over Lemons’ and others), who lives not far from the Casa Ana, the spectacular landscapes of the Sierra Nevada might seem familiar already, but for the rest of us, they are a treat still in store.
The Alpujarra is the collective name for a group of villages, Moorish in origin, that cling to the Southern flank of the Sierra Nevada. Almond trees, citrus fruit and grape vines thrive on the southern slopes due to the mild climate. The area is now recognised as a natural paradise, popular with artists, walkers, cyclists and those just wanting to get away from it all.
The painting week begins at our base, Casa Ana, where the wonderful scenery offers many picturesque subjects. Half way through the week there is an informal non-tuition day, when we offer you an optional day trip (at reasonable additional cost for transport) to a beautiful mountain town, Capileira, with stunning views, delightful restaurants, cafes and shops. It is mostly pedestrianised, and great for wandering and exploring, sketching and painting if you feel like it. If you like to extend your holiday you can also visit the magnificent historic city of Granada, home to the renowned Alhambra, an ancient citadel and palace. For places where to stay in Granada please consult your travel agent.
For more details please see the CASA ANA’s website:
Beginners and accomplished
Excursions & Picnics
Delicious home-cooked meals
Special dietary needs met
Price includes painting tuition, transport to/from painting locations, breakfasts, lunches, 6 dinners and accommodation (inc. linen, towels handmade soap)
No single room supplement
"Anne at Casa Ana is the most thoughtful, caring and supportive host, always providing for our needs and at the same time giving our group the space it needed for our work."
"Casa Ana - secluded and peaceful with a shady rose filled garden and wonderful terraces to relax on and take in the view.
"The rooms and gardens are beautiful, the mountain view is stunning..."
"The setting, the service and the friendliness of all the staff make this a place I would return to again and again."
"The food was excellent with attention to detail. We would certainly recommend it."
"For those who prefer to contemplate the mountains from an armchair rather (or with a paintbrush - Bettina) than conquer them, there are open terraces, intimate corners of the garden or the sitting room."
For press reviews:
Casa Ana : Press Reviews