In September 2022, Château La Carrière will host exclusive week-long retreats entitled Vermeer au Château. Taking place in luxurious and tranquil surroundings, the retreats comprise a course on the life and work of the fascinating seventeenth-century painter Johannes Vermeer. 

The course, which will provide a complete overview of Vermeer's life and work, will be delivered by Dr Adriaan E. Waiboer, one of the world’s leading experts on Dutch genre painting. Adriaan was the initiator and lead curator of the landmark exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting, which took place at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and National Gallery of Art, Washington, in 2017-18. The Financial Times described the show as ‘Europe’s Old Master exhibition of the year’. 


 After the course on Vermeer in the morning, you will have an opportunity to explore the rich culinary tradition of the Périgord Noir. Chef Ludovic Nicod will run cooking workshop and Michel and Danu Duneau, owners of Perigourmet, will take you on culinary excursion to truffle and walnut farms. 

In addition, you will also visit some of the most stunning castles and gardens of the Dordogne, including Château de Castelnaud and Eyrignac et ses Jardins. 


You will also have ample opportunity to relax by having massages, go for a swim in the pool, take a stroll through the magnificent gardens, follow the hiking trails in the surrounding forests, or just relax in the lounge with an apéritif... 

All lectures, workshops and excursions are in English.

For more information, including prices, please download our brochure. 

Image credits:

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague. 

Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, oil on canvas, 53.5 x 43.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.