Kieran Stiles Art Workshop

Oct 25, 2019

Painting the River Windrush

Friday 25th October, 1 - 4 pm


This workshop is about painting light on water. Learn about ‘light isolation’. Lighter areas can be exaggerated by artificially reducing the pitch of the surrounding tones. During this session, we will also explore the links between the appearance of the water surface and different methods of representation. We will be working mainly in the ballroom studio from photographs, with the possibility of painting outside by the river Windrush if it’s a nice day. All materials included.

Workshop cost £55. To book email kieran@artcoursesoxford.com

Tania Llewelyn Autumn/Winter Sale

Nov 06, 2019

Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November 10 am until 6 pm

An inviting and exciting Sale with beautiful clothes, jewellery, rugs, cushions and organic lotions and oils.

Tania Llewellyn's Jaipur Collection

A beautiful collection of jackets in velvet, silk and cotton. Hand-block printed cotton tops and night ware. Pintuck cotton tops in NEW prints. www.taniallewellyn.com


Louisa Maybury Home

An ever-changing collection of vintage kilims, rugs, cushions and unusual jewellery. www.louisamaybury.co.uk


La Eva

Washes, lotions and oils created from the finest organic ingredients. Inspired by sensory pathways, blended to treat the body and mind. www.la-eva.com


Henrietta Bevan

Silk crepe de chine cresses and shirts in beautiful prints. www.henreittabevan .com

All of this is in aid of the wonderful charity - The Mulberry Bush School.


The Authentic Artist Workshop with Kath Burlinson

Nov 15, 2019

November 15th - 17th

10 am to 6 pm daily

The Authentic Artist Workshop at Asthall Manor is a three-day residential journey for 6 creative artists seeking reinvention, exploration, new challenges, or for those developing new work. The workshop offers a space to explore, play, find your next 'edge' and connect with others in a safe environment.

Each individual’s journey through the workshop is unique, as is each group. Whether you are a poet, musician, actor, dancer, painter, set designer, puppeteer, writer, multi-disciplinary artist or a person who is yet to find your artistic identity, Kath will devote herself to serving you and your artistry.

Kath Burlinson has been running Authentic Artist workshops since 2007 across the UK. This is the first to be held at Asthall Manor.

Workshop fee: £225 (£200 previous participants)

Accommodation & Food: £40 per person per night (we will cook and eat communally in the Manor)

To book, please email: info@authenticartist.co.uk Or call: 07715360021

Kieran Stiles Art Workshop

Nov 29, 2019

Painting Light on Trees

Friday 29th November 1-4 pm

This workshop is about painting light on trees. Learn about ‘colour isolation’, the idea that bright colour can be exaggerated and made to burst into life by restricting its use to only a few small areas. For example above the vivid area of green is used just on the highlights.

We will be working mainly in the ballroom studio from photographs, with the possibility of painting outside if it’s a nice day. All materials included, but please remember to bring paper for preparatory studies and notes, and photographs of summer trees with strong directional sunlight to work from.

Workshop cost £55. To book email kieran@artcoursesoxford.com

Kieran Stiles Art Workshop

Dec 13, 2019

Ink Still Life

Friday 13th December 1-4 pm


Learn about constructing a painting from the basis of random splashes of colour. In the same way we anthropomorphize cloud formations, explore how to let the colour ‘lead’ the image, adapting swathes of vivid ink and watercolour into plant like shapes while the medium is still wet.

Working from direct observation, the linear definition is created using a fine brush up on the point. In the example above we can see how some of the shapes are tonally modelled to appear three dimensional and other areas are left open to the imagination with ink flowing more irregularly through the form. This type of representation allows for great freedom of expression, depth and atmosphere.

All materials included, but please bring A3 heavy weight hot pressed (non textured) watercolour paper, and also flowers of your choice to contribute to or personalize your own still life.

Workshop cost £55. To book email kieran@artcoursesoxford.com

Asthall Manor, Ballroom and Gardens

Asthall Manor, overlooking the swans and stumpy willows of the Windrush Valley, dates from the early seventeenth century, but probably occupies a medieval site. Lady Joan Cornwall and her son Sir Edmund Cornwall are believed to have lived in it during the fourteenth century.

The present house – or an earlier version of it – was probably built for the Jones family, who occupied it until the 1670s or 1680s, followed by the Peacock family, and then, from then mid-eighteenth century and for much of the nineteenth, by the Bateman family.

The Manor was a convalescent home during the first world war, and in 1919 it was bought by Lord Redesdale, father of Nancy and the other Mitfords. It was on Asthall Manor, as well as the Redesdales’ other houses, that Nancy’s fictional Alconleigh is based. In 1926, the Manor was sold to the Hardcastle family, who retained it until 1997.

The present symmetrical appearance of the house has resulted from alterations made for the Batemans in the nineteenth century, and for Lord Redesdale in the 1920s. Lord Redesdale also converted the barn into a ballroom/library, with its huge bay window and Jacobean-style ceiling, and built the cloisters to connect this new ballroom and the rooms above it to the main house. The house was slightly reduced in size by the present owner in 1998-9.

A more extensive history of Asthall, written by R.B. Peberdy for the Victoria County History series, can be found here.

The Ballroom at Asthall Manor is available for hire for life-enhancing events. click here for details. Please note, we do not take bookings for weddings.

The gardens were designed by I & J Bannerman in 1998. Their aim was to allow the garden to flow into the Windrush Valley landscape beyond it. The gardens blend form and freedom, open views and secret spaces. Long tranquil walks bordered with sharp wedges of yew, vast beeches enclosing a hidden lake, orchards sloping down to the mill stream, stone tubs overgrown with roses and a formal box-bordered parterre provide a quintessentially English setting for fine art. Asthall Manor’s entrance is notable for the sculptures by Anthony Turner which adorn its gateposts.

The garden has recently featured in the following books: Landscape of Dreams, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds and English Gardens, and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles, most of which can be found here. Most recently, head gardener Mark Edwards was interviewed on his innovative techniques of rose pruning for the Telegraph's Saturday garden section.

Volunteer with us: From time to time we take volunteers in the garden through the organisation WWOOF (Worldwide opportunities on organic farms): https://www.wwoof.org.uk

Jamaica We have a small guest house in Jamaica click here for further details