New Courses 2019

 Stay in the beautifully restored Villa Lugara for a week of Writing With a Sense of Place with Gerard Woodward, Perfecting your Prose with Emma Hooper and Samantha Harvey, Drawing and Painting Interiors with Katie Solohub or Plein Air Painting with Tom Benjamin. Enjoy delicious cuisine, work in your own personal studio space, be inspired by the scenic countryside of Emilia-Romagna and make full use of our Villa, garden and swimming pool.

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The Villa and Lugara

Sitting on a hillside 200 metres above the valley of the River Secchia, Villa Lugara was a casa canonica, a church farm house, and dates from at least the 16th century. Many of our good friends who live in Lugara are offspring of the housekeeper of the last priest, Don Andrea, and they are delighted to see their old home brought back from dereliction by us in 2015.

The hamlet of Lugara, is in the foothills of the Apennine mountains of the Emilia Romagna. Surrounded by fields and oak woods and close to a network of ancient pilgrim pathways running along the Crinale, the mountain ridges.

The house has a productive kitchen garden and it is possible to eat exceptionally well from very locally produced food.

Villa Lugara has eight bedrooms and four bathrooms. The pool has a great view across the valley and is six by twelve meters in length. There is a sympathetically restored, eight bay studio in the stable building, for creative courses and retreats.