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The Old Stone House

Painting Holidays

as featured in The Times


Hidden away in the sun-drenched hills of Yalikavak on the beautiful Bodrum Peninsula, The Old Stone House is a perfect painters' retreat.


I work with friend and artist Eljay Dickins at her lovely old stone house in the village of Gokcebel, Turkey where we offer fabulous painting holidays. With wonderful food, tuition, scenery, weather and organised trips to amazing places not usually seen by tourists, this really is a special place for your painting holiday.

We are based in a quite village with few signs of tourism and yet we are minutes away from both traditional Turkish delights and modern shopping centres, cinemas and even Marks & Spencer! Full details are on a dedicated website here.



May 18 - May 28

June 02 - June 12

September 01 - 11

September 15 - 25

Saturday or Sunday arrivals can be arranged for your convenience.


Please email or telephone for

latest availability and prices.

Telephone: 0208 883 8545

Mobile: 07971 082605


  'It was a wonderful holiday!' 

The 'life' class in dappled shade.


About Eljay Dickens

Eljay is a professional graphic designer, artist and tutor.  She taught at Harrow School of Art and has illustrated both adult and children's books, worked for UK publishers and as a background artist in animated films for Disney and Thames Television. Eljay will lead on acrylics and oils and will also be your hostess during your stay and will ensure that your time with her will be all you could wish for and more!

"We can't thank you enough for the wonderful time you gave us all.  The fantastic meals, art tuition and guided tours, all done with such care and thought."


About Sandra Pond

" ..many thanks for being such a super tutor. Your way of explaining things and demos were spot on, one could not ask for better."

Sandra Pond is an award-winning professional artist, illustrator and art tutor based in Suffolk. She is renowned for her botanical and wildlife illustrations, that have been published worldwide and has worked on many best-selling reference and illustrated books. Sandra undertakes paintings for exhibitions and commissions when she has time from her busy weekly watercolour classes, private tuition, day workshops and special events. She is an experienced tutor and many of her UK groups have followed her to Gökçebel to continue working with her in the sun at The Old Stone House. Sandra's artwork is often detailed and accurate watercolour and pen and ink, but she also enjoys working in 'freer' styles and in other media.

"Sandra, thank you so much for your brilliant contributions on the art holiday."


The accommodation is split between two main buildings, united by a secluded walled garden, crammed with ancient artefacts and interesting and unusual plants that demand to be drawn and painted from the many vantage points available. There are also two delightful separate apartments, with swimming pool, a short stroll away for those who prefer more privacy.



Sharon drawing at the ancient city of Iassos: a favourite day out with lunch at a traditional waterside restaurant.


The Old Stone House is an unusual and unique property steeped in local history dating from Roman times. The arrow-slit windows on the sea facing walls tell stories of pillaging pirates from centuries past. Across the garden is Mulberry Cottage. While smaller and more modern than the Old Stone House, Mulberry Cottage is equally characterful, possessing its own pergola-shaded outdoor seating area and roof terrace with views across the Aegean.


Relaxing at the Old Stone House pool. 


Guests in both properties will enjoy tastefully decorated bedrooms and two very spacious living and seating areas, boasting familiar comforts, including wi-fi, satellite TV, DVD, CD player and log fire, a large sun terrace as well as the added bonus of a good-sized private pool.


Plenty of shaded areas at the Old Stone House. 


Traditional Turkish meals are served in the dining room or in the garden. The aim is to offer the perfect painting environment, whilst introducing you to the fascinating features of Turkish culture and history.  If you, like us, feel this is a stimulating and diverting combination, you will not fail to be enthralled.


"My husband and I hugely enjoyed both the art course and staying on for a few days after. Each day was a different adventure to paint in some interesting or beautiful location. The local buses take you everywhere - picking you up and stopping where needed, at very low cost. We explored some fabulous beaches and a variety of restaurants - a holiday to be remembered and thoroughly recommended."


 steps leading to the 'cocktail terrace'


Turkish food is one of the most healthy and delicious of world cuisines, and we use only the freshest seasonal produce.

Your Painting holiday



Our aim is to stimulate, challenge and support you whilst gently guiding you to equip you with the confidence to follow your own style. We want your experience to be as happy and fulfilling as possible, above all we want you to relax and thoroughly enjoy yourself, keeping good company with fellow artists and going home not only with a portfolio of wonderful drawings and paintings, but a feeling of well-being and a huge sense of achievement.

Because the course is limited to no more than eight people, individual attention is guaranteed so you can make the most of their visit. How much you do is up to you.

We also have organised trips and visits to show off all that the region has to offer. In fact, there is so much to see and do that we now offer 10 day holidays that we feel will give a much better experience. You won't need to worry about a thing, we will provide all materials and equipment and we do all the organising, allowing you to focus on having a good time, relaxing, hopefully making new friends and being creative.

"The setting is truly magnificent, and a perfect backdrop for an art holiday. Alfresco dining with stunning cooking by Eljay provided a delightful end to a hard days toil at the canvas. Locations and artistic medium changed daily so there was plenty of variety, and the venues provided an excellent insight into this idyllic Turkish location, far removed from overpopulated tourist destinations."


Please email me for further information. You will find further details and photographs here.

Further information on Turkey:

Direct Flights to Bodrum (BJV)  about £200 return, Flights and prices change and this is a guide only:
  • Easyjet: Bristol, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, Liverpool, Luton and London Stansted.
  • Thomas Cook Airlines: Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands,     London Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, and London Stansted.
  • Thomson Airways: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East           Midlands, Glasgow, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle.
  • Stansed, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
  • Turkish Airlines: London Heathrow
  • Ryanair: Dublin

Flights to Bodrum via Istanbul (about £230-£300 return): 

Flights to Kos (from about £30 one way):

Why not spend a night or two in Kos?  It's actually our nearest airport and the fast ferry from Kos town takes about 20 minutes.  

This is a guide to summer flights only.  Airlines do change schedules and other flights may be available.

The famous Yalikavak sunset.



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