Bring your Painting Group

Finca el Cerrillo makes an ideal base for a small painting group (8 - 26) to enjoy a memorable painting holiday: It offers hotel style accommodation with a house-party atmosphere.

We offer tutors and group leaders a lot of support in organising transport, meals out; excursions etc. so that you are free to concentrate on delivering your course content. We have many groups who return year after year.

Group leaders who bring 10 or more paying participants enjoy a free place - please ask Sue for more details.

The Finca has 13 spacious rooms that can all be used for double, twin or single occupancy. (In the winter months, it may be possible to offer a date with no single supplement).

The Studio is light and airy with air-conditioning to ensure a comfortable temperature year-round. It leads onto a courtyard patio which can be used as extra studio space for those who want to paint outdoors. There are also mature gardens surrounding the Finca and lots of shady terrace areas where you can sit to paint.

We have portable easels, stools and drawing boards for participants to use. Materials can be supplied at cost but please discuss requirements in advance.

Painting in different locations away from the Finca can also be arranged. There is a local beauty spot nearby with rock pools and shady trees. In good weather, it makes a good place to set up for a morning's painting or drawing - we deliver a picnic lunch to the site. The only extra cost for this is a few euros per person for the transport. The local 'white' villages also make picturesque bases for working away from the Finca and again, we can organise taxi transport for those who want to do this. Depending on numbers, cost is about £5 per head.

Meals are served outdoors whenever possible. Breakfast is served buffet style and lunch is usually a light salad buffet or home-made soup & sandwiches. Five lunches are included in our catered package so that you have some flexibility to have a day out.

Dinner is served on four evenings at the Finca, prepared by our own chef using fresh, local produce. On alternate evenings we arrange for your group to have dinner at a good quality restaurant in one of our local villages. Transport to and from the restaurant is included - some groups like to take advantage of this transport to do some pre dinner sketching in the villages. We can cater for most dietary requirements with a little notice. Our food is highly acclaimed! See Food & Drink page.

There are a number of excursions that we can help you arrange. The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Picasso museum in Malaga and the sea-side town of Nerja all make excellent days out. Cost depends on the numbers who want to go e.g. Private minibus transport to Nerja for 10 people costs about £20 per head but less with 16 people. The Alhambra (2 hours journey) costs about £35per person for 10.

Airport transfers are included in our Group rates (this assumes the Group will arrive together to take advantage of a mini-bus transfer). Taxis can be arranged for those who arrive at different times to the main group but the cost of this will be at the clients own expense - €65 per taxi each way.

I want to bring my Group - how do I go about it?

Our most popular package is a fully catered package that includes airport transfers and use of the Studio. We give you a price for each person and you are then free to add your own fee to the price the student pays. If you would like a different arrangement, please ask Sue for a quote.

Group leaders who bring 10 or more paying participants enjoy a free place - please ask Sue for more details.

It can be difficult knowing how to manage a Group Booking - at what point should your students book flights? What about deposits? Below we give our suggestion for a practical way to organise your Holiday.

Step One
Contact Sue Kind at Finca el Cerrillo (0034 952 030 444) to discuss dates and availability. If you decide to go ahead with a provisional booking, Sue will pencil in an agreed number of rooms for you and a date by which you will make the booking firm. This is usually a 4 - 6 week period.
Step Two
You contact your group members and take a returnable deposit of £100 per person. If you do not get sufficient numbers to make the holiday viable you return the deposit in full.

Assuming that you do have sufficient interest, you pay the total deposits into our UK bank account on the agreed date and your booking becomes firm. We advise that each participant takes out travel insurance at this time to cover cancellation as deposits are not refundable once paid over to us.

Also at this point, your group members can book their flights. It is a good idea for you to identify a suitable flight from your regional airport and tell your participants to book this as soon as possible. This will ensure you all arrive together to share an airport transfer.

You can decide if you plan to offer an optional excursion and start planning any arrangements with Sue.
Step Three
The balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival so we recommend you start collecting the balance of monies due well before this.

8 weeks before, you pay the balance owing to us into our UK account.

We ask you to also collect information about any dietary requirements or special requests (e.g. ground floor room).

On the day of arrival, you will be met at Malaga airport (by taxi or mini-bus depending on numbers) and start your one hour journey to Finca el Cerrillo.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact Sue Kind at Finca el Cerrillo (0034 952 030 444)