We've had the pleasure of welcoming many guests over the years - some of their comments are below.
If you've stayed in our houses, or came on an art holiday please leave a message too. We'd love to hear what you think
Thanks - Carla and Bryan
"Thank you for another wonderful week! We are so pleased we came back - it was like returning to old friends," Millie and Lisa
"It really is a very special place you have created here, from the fabulously cosy and homely home to the most incredible and inspiring studio space," Fiona Jappy
"We had a wonderful week, The Creative Retreat is so unique and just right for groups like ours," Rosie Summerton, Art Angel
"Me and Roslyn saw dolphins. We needed the loo but we didn't want to miss anything," Victoria (10)
"All you folks out there thinking of taking an art course with Bryan - DO! Within minutes I felt at home and enabled. Bryan is a terrific teacher - He possesses an insight that only the best teachers have of getting to the soul of what the pupil needs," Jean Boardman
“The Creative Retreat is the best value art holiday I’ve found to date. This is my 5th year and have always found it thoroughly enjoyable and worth every penny," Ann Traverse
"We have had such a wonderful week here. The cottage was so comfortable and with such great views! We will be back!" Michi Clark
"Just what we needed - a chance to stop, relax, take in lungfulls of fresh air and eat too much cake. The cottage was perfect, the views amazing; we'll be back!" Caroline and Andrew
"Another wonderful holiday in this beautiful village! My sister and I really enjoyed drawing in the studio and playing on the beach," Sarah (8) and Esther (3)
"Such a wonderful 63rd birthday here with my daughter. Very cosy and welcoming house - could stay forever! Magnificent scenery and walks. People very friendly. Lovely memories to treasure," Jenny
"Great time had by all. A bit of fishin', a bit of surfin'; a lot of relaxing adults and kids satisfied!" Carrol
"It was great to get away from all the usual demands - children, husbands, work...It was also good to be lazy! I feel totally recharged and ready to get creative again. The studio is perfect and the house is so comfortable, we really enjoyed ourselves," Jessica and Hilary
"A perfect place to relax and retreat from stress and work. And the sky here made our honeymoon trip to Scotland unforgettable!" Evelyn and Winhied
"We often stay in houses when we holiday and I can honestly say this is the best ever...there's nothing lacking, it's warm and extremely well equipped," Gorbals Arts Project
"We've had a lovely family holiday. The house is great and we've explored lots of the surrounding countryside. We all managed to create...the youngest mainly noise! We hope to return," Elaine, Dean, Louis, Oscar, Harry and Clara
What a fantastic week I have just had with Ann Smart. She is an amazing teacher. She gives 110 per cent. The whole week was inspiring and challenging in the way I was hoping for. I now feel nore confident and am looking at my own work in a new light.
Thank you Ann and to Carla and Bryan for creating the space in which it can happen.
Posted by Pauline on 13 May 2012
All you folks out there thinking of taking an art course / holiday / retreat with Bryan - DO! Within minutes I felt at home and enabled. Bryan is a terrific teacher - he knows how to deconstruct concepts in order to teach others. He possesses an insight that only the best teachers have of getting to the soul of what the pupil needs. I was relaxed, happy and even unashamed to make mistakes - a first for me the perfectionist! Thank you Bryan! I'm coming back to a day course again very soon - I'm taking time off work to come!
Posted by Jean Boardman on 21 January 2012