Welcome to Watercolour Spain

Your Hosts, Robin and Jean Browne

Robin and Jean Browne
Casa Marron,
Frax de Abajo,
Oria, 04810

Telephone: (0034) 637458679

Email, withane@watercolourspain.com

Skype phone 020 32396786 (available only when our computer is switched on,).  charged to you as a call to London from any UK phone

Sorry, Watercolourspain has ceased trading

Jean had a stroke in August, she's doing well and will make a full recovery but we've reluctantly decided that it's time to retire.

The website, like us will gently fade away.

All-inclusive, fully supervised, residential watercolour holidays, ideal for groups or individuals, absolute beginners or experienced painters, for £725 per person, including transfers from, Almeria, Granada, Murcia or Alicante Airport. No single supplement for solo guests.  With a £50 refund for non-painting partners.

Casa Marron is the home of your hosts, Robin and Jean Browne, (plus Mackerel the cat) and has been pupose built to provide painting holidays, with a country house party atmosphere, in a relaxed and informal environment.

Casa Marron

Your holiday will include daily tuition for beginners and support for more experienced painters in the studio at Casa Marron followed by field trips, including one day in historic Granada and one day in the picturesque Mojacar Pueblo.

The seven-day, Saturday to Saturday courses are for small groups, couples and individuals, in the mountains of Southern Spain.  Casa Marron, just outside the unspoilt village of Oria, is in the tiny hamlet of Ogarite.  Oria is on the slopes of the Sierra de las Estancias, on the northern side of the Almanzora Valley.

Robin and Jean have sought to bring something new and special to activity holidays and in designing their painting course they have discovered many painting sites, which have both artistic and cultural merits.  They have sought to provide a stimulating painting course and a holiday, which will also appeal to non-painting partners and friends.  Jean has used her experience in banquet catering to provide imaginative delicious meals, which have been enthusiastically received by all guests.

Painting at Casa Marron

Some Quotes From the Visitors Book, which is always available to view, in the studio.

"Many thanks to you both for a carefully structured week", "Robin's tuition has been a revelation and reignited my enthusiasm for painting", "great company, great food", "Thank you both for a very enjoyable week and for your excellent hospitality", "Wonderful!  just like staying with old friends and Robin so patient with me",  "Definitely one of the best holidays I've had",  "Like visiting very old friends", "A wonderful week, I know I shall return", "We have had a wonderful holiday, with so many memories", "We have never been so well looked after", "The programme is brilliantly organised", "A wonderful week of fun, kindness and generosity", "Thanks for the comfort, care and calories", "Many thanks to you both for a lovely holiday", "Thankyou both for a wonderful week of eating, painting and relaxing in such beautiful surroundings", "You are the most gracious of hosts", "A very big thankyou to you both for a wonderful holiday". 

The Church

"Wonderful holiday, I was greeted like an old friend", "Thanks again for a wonderful week and all your kindness", "I forgot all about work", "I have been singing your praises ever since I arrived back", "I had a marvellous time", "The painting locations were fantastic", "I have learnt to paint and sketch outdoors", "Your warmth and hospitality made the holiday", "What a pleasure it was to meet you both and stay at your lovely home", "Your website ticked all the boxes for me and the reality was even more miraculous", "You've given me the enthusiasm I was lacking and the focus I sorely needed", "Thank you for a fabulous, interesting, culturaly stimulating time", "Exciting to be painting again after a 5 year break, thanks to Robin's enthusiasm and expert tuition", "I feel rested and recharged". 

Painting in Velez Blanco

"Thanks Jean for spoiling us so comprehensively", "We had such a great time", "Thankyou for showing me how to draw real life", "All the magic ingredients of a super holiday are rolled into one at Casa Marron, good company, excellent food, wonderful places to visit and paint, endless sunshine and the most delightful hosts", "Having never sketched before, Robin was excellent at explaining the technicalities and gave me the confidence to have a go".

"Thankyou for a fantastic painting holiday", "A wonderful relaxing holiday", "Good food, good venues, good company", "Thanks for a fab week-loved every minute", "Learnt a lot about painting", "Thankyou for making our painting holiday so enjoyable", "We were totally spoilt for a whole week", "Lovely hosts, Lovely accommodation, lovely food, great tuition", "I would love to come again", "The tuition was the best we have had", "Both of you were superb hosts and made the week very enjoyable, "Thank you both for a wonderful holiday, your hospitality and kindness were exceptional", "Painting locations showing us the real Spain", "Delicious food and lots of good humour", "As a non-painting partner, I've had a wonderfully relaxing, yet thoroughly interesting and entertaining holiday", "You are a real inspiration, not only the painting but the way watercolourspain is run", "The most relaxing holiday I've ever had", "Amazing food, delightful company, full of fun and laughter", "You have helped me achieve pictures I thought impossible, you are an inspiration".

"Excellent painting locations", "Enjoyed peace and beauty of Casa Marron", Thankyou for a wonderful week", Absolutely excellent, tuition, food, sites and company", "Nothing was too much trouble", "The food was unbelievable", "I will recommend this holiday to my friends", "Many thanks for a totally relaxing and lovely week, am already getting set for next year", "We loved every single minute", "Thank you Robin, for your patience, good humour and excellent guidance and to Jean for her wonderful meals", "Such a lovely week, still looking for the rewind button, so we can do it all again", "Thank you Jean and Robin great food, accommodation, hosting and tuition.  I have learnt such a lot",  "Thank you so much for a brill holiday, you are two of lifes beautiful people"."A holiday much looked forward to, which surpassed our expectations !!", "Wonderful hosts and superb accommodation, ìn fact, everything", "Thankyou for being such wonderful hosts", "This week has surpassed our expectations", "We have learned a lot, not just watercolour but about the real Spain", "Thankyou so much for making the week so memorable", "We all benefited from Robin's patient teaching", Thankyou for making us so welcome and for thinking of every last little detail, which made our stay so memorable", "Great holiday, very relaxing, nothing to think about, great hosts, lovely venues".

An Old Spanish Cortijo

The Castle at Velez Blanco

Painting on the Steps

El Castillo Standing Proud


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