Painting Courses

Spring/ Summer 2018 dates coming soon!


Eric Bourse was born in 1956 in the north of France.  A self-taught artist, in 2011 he celebrated thirty years of painting.  Eric is a modern figurative painter, or semi-abstract. He paints his life and emotions and the landscapes that move him. Through his composition and depth of colour he conjures an atmosphere that engages the onlooker.

We can feel through Eric’s work his wonder at the vineyards glowing at sunset, the towering mountains and quiet forests, the happiness of sharing a glass of wine with friends. Sometimes he engraves on the canvas his more intimate struggles and sufferings. Today Eric works in acrylics with a bold use of colour and a generous hand on the palette knife.

Eric divides his time between the Alps and the Dordogne. He celebrates the contrasting palettes of these landscapes, while other canvases are filled with the vitality and motion of life in London and New York. Eric has travelled widely to meet the demand for exhibitions of his work, always returning to France. His new paintings come from a period of introspection and change. He is a patient and passionate teacher of painting to students of all abilities.

He is represented by several galleries in France, England and the United States. His accolades include First Prize at the Salon de Lutèce Paris, First Prize at the Aart Masters competition in New York, and the Gold Medal at the Salon International at Nancy, France.


Perfect for a luxury break, Shambhala has four elegant double rooms, two shower rooms and two loos. Three of the bedrooms have spectacular river views while one looks out over the beautifully designed garden. The interior is hip and stylish, combining the ease of modern living and appliances with the classic luxury of well-appointed rooms designed for enjoyment. This attention to detail extends throughout the house and garden.

Shambhala is ideally situated for enjoying all the region has to offer. Wine enthusiasts and gourmets can tour the vineyards and markets, while historians can explore the chateaux. The riverside setting offers a wealth of sporting activities from the private landing stage and local kayaking centre.


 Villa Shambhala is available for holiday letting :

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