‘I can honestly say I have never felt so inspired. This beautiful house…the fabulous meals…brilliant company and the perfectly pitched and tailored Art Course run so wonderfully by Lynn Bushell.’ David Float
‘It is very hard to find the words to describe the wonderful time I had at Chez Castillon on the Art Course.’ Caroline Blackwell
‘In 30 years I haven’t enjoyed teaching as much as this. Chez Castillon is the warmest, most hospitable place this side of the equator and probably the other side as well. What a wonderful week. Thank you.’ Lynn Bushell, Art Tutor
‘Very rarely in life does one encounter such enormous generosity, warmth and kindness. Chez Castillon is so gorgeous and comfortable and the food is beyond delicious. Thank you for a truly fantastic week.’ Fiona Fullerton, actress and writer
‘Janie and Mickey have created a very special place with a very special feel…I will be back for sure.’ Michelle Moffat
‘I find the atmosphere at Chez Castilion so creative and inspiring and so much easier to write in than when I’m home. The telephone may ring, it is not for me, there is a dog to cuddle, but I don’t have to take him for walks, there are delicious meals but I don’t cook them. Honestly I depend on being able to go a couple of times a year to keep up with my deadlines.’ Katie Fforde, author.
‘Chez Castillon is where words get written. Since my first writing course there with Anita Burgh and attending courses and writers retreats since, I finally finished my novel The Oyster Catcher which went on to become a best seller in the Amazon kindle charts. When I shut my eyes, Chez Castillon is my ‘happy place’, it’s a house that runs on laughter. I will keep going back.’
Jo Thomas, author.
‘What a wonderful place Chez Castillon is! I consider a stay there not simply a huge treat, but an essential part of my working life: I achieve more in six days with Mike and Janie than in several weeks at home, where the commitments of real life get in the way. If you’re serious about your writing, whether it is your hobby or your livelihood, Chez Castillon is where you need to be.’ Clare Mackintosh, author.
‘I consider myself extremely lucky to have begun my writing career at Chez Castillon. The fears I arrived with were immediately dissipated by the warm welcome bestowed upon me by hosts Janie and Mickey. The course I attended was led by the brilliant, Jane Wenham-Jones, who gave me permission to be ‘me’ and equipped me with the tools I needed to become the writer I am today. The authors in residence were very supportive and the words I said to Katie Fforde, during my stay, sums up my whole experience: “A week at Chez Castillon has restored my faith in humanity and now I know that my dream of becoming a published novelist is achievable.” Taking a leap of faith and landing at Chez Castillon was the best decision I’ve made to date.’ Nicola Burggraf
‘We have been going to wonderful Chez Castillon for three years now, attending either Writing or Art Courses. Tutors have been very special and excellent in every way. Every one has been very different, one from the other, but each and every one has been immense fun, extremely useful, very inspirational, interesting, and absorbing. Jane and Mike are exceptional hosts, as is Rory, and they always go the extra mile to ensure that we all have a wonderfully memorable experience. New and lasting friendships have been forged and have endured to provide a further dimension and reason to return time and again. Within minutes of entering Chez Castillon you relax and enjoy!’ Betty Orme
‘Chez Castillon is the perfect place to be creative as it is in a truly sensational location, with perfect hosts who ply you with delicious food and drink and ensure that, if you wish not to be disturbed, you aren’t. There, you are away from the demands of ordinary life and in an environment the encourages and nurtures you. What more can you possibly want?’ Fiona Field, author
‘With so much alcohol, food, laughter, swimming, singing and sightseeing I’m surprised I got any words down at all but somehow Janie and Mike and everyone else there make sure that happens too. Wonderful!’ Louise Harwood, author
“Another stupendous week!!! Gorgeous company , fabulous atmosphere and wonderful food…Lynn is a wonderful Tutor and once again I shall go home, invigorated and motivated to paint – biting at the bit to come back again. Thank you” Mo Folkes-Miller, artist
‘I came to Chez Castillon on a writing retreat and had the most inspiring, productive and fun time. I wrote 15,000 words in five days (loads for me) and left feeling totally rested and relaxed. Janie and Mickey make everything really easy from the moment you land at the airport. If you don’t speak a word of French it really wouldn’t matter. The house is spectacular and the food great. I can’t wait to visit again.’ AJ Pearce