I feel completely taken care of while working at Coombe, the food, the coffee, the lush environment, and mostly the helpful and talented people who take care of you.  It is a truly special artists retreat. Laurie Steen RWA  …


Our short-courses are designed to help you gain practical skills so you can then move onto develop your creative practice and unlock your own creativity. Some of the courses are focused entirely on one medium i.e. watercolours, others are a mix of disciplines or approaches, from Gerry Dudgeon’s mixed media course, to the Art of […]

Kate drawing belinda 4

I have always been open to collaborations with people working in different disciplines so I was very proud to be asked to be one of the first Coombe Associate Artists alongside Belinda Lee Chapman,  but despite a passion for watching contemporary dance, I hadn’t worked with a dancer so I was immediately intrigued to see […]

ABILITY Our courses are suitable for all abilities, from artists making a living from their work, to complete beginners. PRICES Course prices range from £335 Inc. VAT for a non-residential weekend to £640 Inc. VAT for a 5-day course residential course full board – see each specific course for exact prices. All prices shown inc […]

Sarah Bee Pastels & Mixed Media Tutor Portrait

Sarah Bee

We are delighted to be adding a new tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body painting for the film, photography and advertising […]



It’s the start of a new development for Coombe…partly bringing some of my Dartington, Visiting Arts and British Council worlds into the Coombe Valley…   Whilst we were developing the new Coombe website it seemed a like a good time to think about what Coombe is really about, and what we will be doing over […]

White bowl with Beetroot & coconut soup

Another really simple quick lunchtime soup that’s popular with all our students – it’s delicious, nutritious and gorgeously colourful so suits Coombe perfectly! Thanks for this Lauren! 1 x tin coconut milk // 2 fresh beetroot // Salt and pepper to taste // Pinch of cumin seeds // Pinch of grounded cumin // Pinch of […]

Yoga Studio

  There is so much to be learned from what is happening inside of us, from being able to feel into our internal world, from being viscerally connected. There is so much life, creativity, connection available to every human being. There is so much in this modern world that encourages somatic disconnection – that fosters […]

Coombe vegetable garden at dusk

Veg Patch

I’m happy to report that after a rather slow start the vegetable garden is now coming into it’s own. Garlic planted last November has been harvested and broad beans all eaten. Rhubarb crumbles and tarts are frequent deserts! Now as you can see from the basket we have deliciously peppery radishes, mange tout, artichokes and […]

Peace Rose Coombe Garden

The roses are blooming beautifully at the moment, the peace rose at the back of the house has never had so many blooms. I think it looks stunning in a vase with some acid brights like our yellow poppies. The courtyard is turning a gorgeous shade of blue, perfect for painting, with Campanula blooming in […]

Bowl, Clay, Gloves

We had a great clear out of the studio spaces the other week prior to having a wedding in the Studios – 90 people eating, dancing and generally having a good time. It was the wedding of good friend Katrina to her partner of 17 years, Adrian. Katrina and I were at school together and […]


Gain Skills

We run residential courses year-round in painting, printmaking, drawing and ceramics. Non-residential places are also availble. Tuition at Coombe centres around a passion for sharing skills, ideas and knowelege to enable and grow creativity. All our tutors are professional artists who make a living from their art, and whilst each of them have their own style of […]

Long lunch table at Coombe Farm studios

Great food, good company

Our couses focus on the sharing of skills and techniques so you can advance you skills significantly at whatever level you are. The experience of being here is also about being in a beautiful place, great food, good company, fantastic locations and a relaxed and friendly environment.  Courses run year-round with each season providing its own unique […]

Paul Riley 'The Magic of Watercolour Flowers' book cover

Our lead tutor, Paul Riley, is best known for his fresh, vibrant watercolour flowers and following his previous books selling out we thought it was time for an update on the his classic ‘Watercolour Flowers’. In his new book The Magic of Watercolour Flowers, you’ll find a lush guide to a favorite medium and a […]


Yoga at Coombe

Yoga has become an integral part of life at Coombe. We have a regular drop in class on Tuesdays (6.00pm-7.30pm, Vinyassa Flow, open to all abilities). It is open to the general public as well as participants on our courses and is £8 to our tutor.   We also have a regular workshop programme run […]

Robert Manners print 'Implied Resistance'

Robert Manners

Robert works across disciplines including painting and printmaking. His interest in painting and his approach to it extends to the way he approaches printmaking. Meticulous in detail and taking layers as a starting point he constructs beautiful work combining the constant experimentation of materials with the use of strong colour, often with surprising combinations. Following […]

Kate Marshall teaching at Coombe (c Malin Sjoberg)

Studios & Gallery

Our studios are used for our residential courses, for artists making new work and for creative retreats. They include a large light filled multi-diciplinary studio, which we primarily use for painting, a print workshop, a pottery and a jewellery workshop. All the studios are located around our central courtyard. If you are an artist living […]

Kate Marshall Linocutting

Kate Marshall

Living and working in Devon, Kate graduated from Goldsmiths in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art and History, Live Art performance often feature in her shows; including the 2006 Liverpool Biennial, which received coverage on BBC 2 and her debut solo show in London in 2007 which was singled out by the Sunday Times […]