Self catering holiday rental in France
· Aquitaine · Lot-et-Garonne

La Petite Galerie in Mézin

A restored stone artists' house filled with art in the heart of the medieval village of Mézin in Gascony. Guests can enjoy free drawing and painting classes, or can choose all-inclusive painting holidays.

Ray Johnstone
With Gite.com since December, 2000

“Ray & Lynne have been hosting guests at La Petite Galerie for…”

+33 5 53 97 38 17

About the Holiday Home

The salon or lounge at La Petite Galerie with exposed beams and 5 metre high ceiling.
The salon or lounge at La Petite Galerie with exposed beams and 5 metre high ceiling.

La Petite Galerie is a large fully restored 800 year old stone house, set in a private walled garden in the small hilltop village of Mézin in the heart of Gascony in sunny Southwest France.

The house has three bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. In the spacious salon, three-metre high windows flood the room with light. French doors lead onto a terrace and barbecue area in a beautiful, private garden. A fully equipped kitchen has everything an enthusiastic cook needs. Off-street parking is available for two cars.

Guests have the option of renting either two bedrooms to sleep two to six people, or three bedrooms for up to 10 people. This makes the property ideal for one, two or three couples, or for families.

All bedrooms have their own bathrooms.
All bedrooms have their own bathrooms.

Your host, Ray, is emphatic about teaching art: “Everybody, yes everybody, can learn to paint and draw.” All guests may have a free watercolour painting session, with materials included.

There are two holiday options:

  • Book La Petite Galerie for one week and get an optional free watercolour session for anyone interested. Please see the weekly rates below.
  • Or book a week long fully inclusive Learn to Paint and Draw holiday with your family or a group of friends. Only €1400 per person with everything included: accommodation, all transport, including airport pick up and drop off, all meals and all art materials.
Here we are painting at the nearby waterlily farm where Monet got his plants from in the 1880's. He went on to paint his Nymphea series, amongst the most famous impressionist paintings ever produced.
Here we are painting at the nearby waterlily farm where Monet got his plants from in the 1880's. He went on to paint his Nymphea series, amongst the most famous impressionist paintings ever produced.

All-inclusive Learn to Paint and Draw Art Holidays

Ray and his wife Lynne also offer fully inclusive 7-day Art Holidays in France for groups of 4 to 6 guests. All meals, transport, painting materials and instruction are included.

“I might not be able to turn you into a Michelangelo or a Picasso,” says Ray. “But I'll will show you how to tease out your latent talent to paint a watercolour that you are sure to be pleased with.”

Your hosts pick you up at Bordeaux or Toulouse airport and drive you to La Petite Galerie. Up to six guests stay in 3 bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. A generous continental breakfast is provided every morning and a picnic lunch with wine every midday. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a nearby bistro or restaurant.

The all-inclusive cost of a painting holiday for a family or a small group is probably much less than you would think. The maximum number is 6 people.
The all-inclusive cost of a painting holiday for a family or a small group is probably much less than you would think. The maximum number is 6 people.

On the Learn to Paint holiday you are you are driven to a wonderful location for a morning session of watercolour painting. All materials are provided: good quality paper, pencils, erasers and watercolour palettes. At about noon a generous picnic lunch with wine is provided.

In the afternoons we can continue painting, or we can go on an excursion, exploring one of the many beautiful medieval towns and villages in the region, visiting chateaux and churches and museums, or enjoying a local wine and Armagnac tasting.

Everything is included in the price, including transport to and from the airport, daily transport, accommodation, all meals, art materials and an art session every day. If 6 people travel together, the cost is only €1400 per person.

Special features

  • Bilingual assistance available on site

Location

Region
Aquitaine
Village
Mézin
Setting
Village
Nearest large town
Nérac
Other towns nearby
Agen
Auch
Condom
Département
Lot-et-Garonne (47)
Rental information

La Petite Galerie in Mézin

Accommodates
2-10 guests
Bedrooms
2-3 bedrooms
Option of 2 or 3 bedrooms. 2 bedrooms have a double bed and a single bed. The third bedroom has a double bed and two single beds. Rates shown are for 2-bedroom option.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Euros. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
Display rates in
Time of year Cost per week
May 27 until June 24 € 800
June 24 until August 26 € 950
August 26 until September 24 € 800
September 24 until October 28 € 700
March 25 until May 26 € 700

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Rental Conditions

Rates shown are for two bedrooms. Bigger parties of up to eight may choose a larger configuration of three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. For the three bedroom option rates are €950 in low season, €1050 in mid-season, and €1200 in high season. A deposit of 50% is required on booking. Balance is due six weeks prior to arrival. Towels and linen are included at no extra cost.

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Contact

Ray Johnstone at La Petite Galerie in Mézin.

About the Area

The village of Mézin from a nearby footpath. La Petite Galerie is just behind the gothic church.
The village of Mézin from a nearby footpath. La Petite Galerie is just behind the gothic church.

Mézin is a quiet, safe, friendly hilltop village surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers.

There are several small grocery shops, bakeries, butchers, a pharmacy and several café bars providing good bistro food.

An excellent new restaurant is now open in the village.

Tease out your latent talent. Take up the free offer of a watercolour painting session with all materials provided when you make a self catering gite booking at La Petite Galerie.
Tease out your latent talent. Take up the free offer of a watercolour painting session with all materials provided when you make a self catering gite booking at La Petite Galerie.

In the morning, the smell of baguettes baking wafts through the village. Try the wonderful croissants and pastries from the boulangerie.

La Petite Galerie’s garden gate is only a few paces from a 12th century church and an arcaded square that hosts a lively market every Thursday and Sunday, selling fresh local produce.

Walk freely in the forest or amongst the vines. There is an extensive choice or walking trails. In the summer, there are sunflowers everywhere.
Walk freely in the forest or amongst the vines. There is an extensive choice or walking trails. In the summer, there are sunflowers everywhere.

Watch the colourful transactions while enjoying a coffee or an 'apero' on a cafe terrace while you watch the world go by.

Cycling, walking, boating, golf, horse riding and tennis are popular summer activities. The brand new open air municipal swimming pool is only a few minutes away on foot.

About the Region

There is always lots to see and do in the region. Visit the waterlily farm that supplied Monet with his waterlilies for his famous impressionist paintings.
There is always lots to see and do in the region. Visit the waterlily farm that supplied Monet with his waterlilies for his famous impressionist paintings.

Ray and Lynne Johnstone, your hosts at La Petite Galerie, are always delighted to show their guests the area. They can either act as guides or provide all the information and maps needed.

The locals are extremely friendly country people, and there is lots to see and do locally. Try wine and Armagnac tastings at any of the numerous nearby vineyards or at the cave in the village.

A free art lesson is included with every gite booking, and all materials are provided
A free art lesson is included with every gite booking, and all materials are provided

Canoeing is available on the Gelise River, which runs through the valley at the bottom of the hill, and canal boats can be rented at Nérac, about 15 kilometres away.

Horse riding is available on a farm nearby. Golfers have a choice of two golf courses. This is a safe, wonderful, secret part of France.

Photo Album

The salon is very large with exposed beams a table that seats 12 people.
The salon is very large with exposed beams a table that seats 12 people.
Another view of the salon with high windows that flood the room with light.
Another view of the salon with high windows that flood the room with light.
The pink bedroom with its own bathroom.
The pink bedroom with its own bathroom.
The blue bedroom and bathroom.
The blue bedroom and bathroom.
In the summer months, the night markets are very popular. Select what you want to eat and drink from the surrounding producer stalls and then eat outside with the locals.
In the summer months, the night markets are very popular. Select what you want to eat and drink from the surrounding producer stalls and then eat outside with the locals.
The rooftop view from Ray's studio window. If you come on a Learn to Paint holiday you'll get to know the studio rather well.
The rooftop view from Ray's studio window. If you come on a Learn to Paint holiday you'll get to know the studio rather well.
Hosts Ray and Lynne Johnstone.
Ray would like to prove that anyone, yes anyone, can learn to paint and draw.
Hosts Ray and Lynne Johnstone. Ray would like to prove that anyone, yes anyone, can learn to paint and draw. "In 16 years of teaching water colours in France, I've never had a failure."
Ray has had many years of teaching art to students of all ages.
Ray has had many years of teaching art to students of all ages.
A daily continental breakfast is served at La Petite Galerie when you take the Learn to Paint holiday. Then it's off to paint in the open air.
A daily continental breakfast is served at La Petite Galerie when you take the Learn to Paint holiday. Then it's off to paint in the open air.
Take home a souvenir watercolour. A free painting session is included with every gite booking, and all materials are provided for you to create your own masterpiece. No previous experience is necessary.
Take home a souvenir watercolour. A free painting session is included with every gite booking, and all materials are provided for you to create your own masterpiece. No previous experience is necessary.
Look what we painted today!
Look what we painted today!
Every day at about noon Lynne arrives with a copious picnic lunch for those who are on the all inclusive Learn to Paint group holiday.
Every day at about noon Lynne arrives with a copious picnic lunch for those who are on the all inclusive Learn to Paint group holiday.
A wide range of restaurants to choose from for your evening meal which is included if you are on a Learn to Paint holiday.
A wide range of restaurants to choose from for your evening meal which is included if you are on a Learn to Paint holiday.
There are several swimming options in the area. This is the municipal pool in the nearby town of Condom in the Gers. It is only 15 kilometres away
There are several swimming options in the area. This is the municipal pool in the nearby town of Condom in the Gers. It is only 15 kilometres away
Mézin municipal swimming pool is only five minutes away  on foot from La Petite Galerie. A life guard is always on duty.
Mézin municipal swimming pool is only five minutes away on foot from La Petite Galerie. A life guard is always on duty.
There's a country market on every day of the week either on your doorstep in Mézin or in a nearby village or town.
There's a country market on every day of the week either on your doorstep in Mézin or in a nearby village or town.
Many beautiful medieval towns and villages nearby. Explore them at your leasure.
Many beautiful medieval towns and villages nearby. Explore them at your leasure.

Guest Opinions

“My 7 year old daughter, Tess, says she doesn’t want to tell anyone about your place because she’s afraid the world will flock to it and you won’t have any openings for us in the years ahead. La Petite Galerie in Mézin was the perfect place for my family to sink our teeth into the history and culture of France and this was our third wonderful vacation with you! Next summer, two weeks won’t be enough!”
Becky B. - Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“Thank you for a fantastic week in your home at La Petite Galerie. Everything has been first class - from the house to your welcome. We’ve had a fabulous time and will certainly be back.”
Eamon C. - Lurgan, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland

“What a highlight our stay with you was. It was a special time for we four Aussies. We loved our time at La Petite Galerie in Mézin so much, and your generous hospitality and interest in sharing your local knowledge helped us to gain so much extra enjoyment from these six wonderful days. ”
Margaret K. - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia