Giverny is a setting perdestined for the creative holidays, art courses, and artistic inspiration that is now available. Giverny also offers self-catering accommodation set in 20 hectares (50 acres) of rolling countryside looking out over dramatic scenario! The major backstop is the Inlhozane - a high point visible for miles around. In front of Inhlozaan is Lidgetton and Caversham - Settler hamlets. In the other direction is the Dargle Valley also famous for its settler history..
Giverny is easily accessible from the N3 (a four kilometre journey) yet so totally secluded you could be tens of kilometres from the nearest busy road - all to do with obliging hills shielding this self catering accommodation establishment from the freeway and hiding it deep in a valley.
Giverny - named after the village in France in which the impressionist Monet had his home - is synonymous with Creative Fun. The cottage, named the Monet Cottage, is on the grounds of Giverny Creative Country Holidays renowned for its creative thinking courses.
Monet Cottage is self-catering accommodation at its best and comprises an enchanting rondavel lounge over looking rolling hills that so characterise the KZN Midlands. It opens out onto a wooden deck perched (or so it seems) over the surrounding countryside.
A real chill out zone - picture yourself lying on the hammock sundowner in hand just letting the tensions of life ease away.
And where are the kids - the source of some of that tension? Why, they are enjoying themselves with the hundred and one means of keeping themselves busy on the estate or nearby.
The Monet Cottage sleeps 4 (plus 2 more by arrangement (beds and/or mattresses can be placed in the lounge). Accommodation is in two rooms - a large airy main bedroom and a smaller second bedroom equipped with adult sized bunks.
Kids love this room: "Bags the top bunk!" (See the photos) Bedding and linen is included. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering stays and meals can either be eaten in the breakfast nook - if it's raining or - out on the deck or under the oak tree if it isn't.
Bed and Breakfast or self-catering?- the choice is yours.A continental style breakfast is offered with the option to cook your own English breakfast from the ingredients you'll find in the fridge. A perfect means to be free of committing yourself to having breakfast at a certain time.
A tray with the continental breakfast is brought in the evening before then you are free to consume the breakfast as and when. Breakfast comprises breads, jams, fruit, fruit juices, and cereals.
Make a roaring fire in the lounge - it heats the whole cottage making it toasty warm. Then you can get your feet up and read a mag or a book - your own or select one from our highly eclectic library.
There are so many recommendable restaurants in the area that coming by lunch and supper is not a problem if you are not self catering.
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Creative Holidays - Children's Holidays
Giverny specialises in fun in creativity - usually through the medium of arts and craft who specialise in arts and craft related creative activities for young and old.
Founded in 2001, Giverny Creative Country Holidays is now visited by hundreds of people each year. The organisation is dedicated to inspiring creative thought in children and adults. Giverny is firmly on the calendars of several schools that send their children to them for exposure to a range of creative activities heavily based on arts and craft.
We host, present and facilitate courses, workshops and gatherings in creative expression for children and adults. This is often through the medium of arts and craft but not exclusively so - we are into all creative expression.
Givery's spacious multipurpose studio is set in stunning country surroundings. They are members of the Midlands Meander and draw some of our own inspiration from the superb artists and crafts people who share their neighborhood.
Did you know that you do not have to have “talent” to enjoy creative pursuits? Not all visual art is a realistic representation of a particular subject matter. Hey! anyone can paint it does not matter if you believe that you do not have any ability to express yourself visually on paper. You can – everyone can. All artists, beginners to maestros will grow by attending a workshop or course at Giverny
All media; watercolour, oil painting, pastel, drawing. We practise our colour, line, texture, shapes, composition and paint application are covered at Giverny Creative Holidays.
Activities are big at Giverny. Some of these are therapeutic clay work - to touch your inner being and free it. Mask making – we make plaster of Paris masks of each other’s faces.
Screen printing (silk screening) – on T-shirts and table cloths Printing, tie-dyeing, painting on cloth Creative crazy mosaics – on a slab on the floor or a wall Weaving – with multicoloured fabrics – a dream carpet to take you off.
Are you looking for a team building activity for a corporate group? Giverny has a novel approach – no rafting, no abseiling, no game viewing. Their team building revolves around creative activities It doesn’t matter who you are everyone can be creative (no one will judge you). And in a way that traditional team building activities can never do, their creative teambuilding gets the imagination going.
School TripsA real speciality of Giverny Creative Country Holidays is the school trips. Class trips or excursions are a barrel of FUN but more.... the children learn right brain thinking, they build a passion for the creative arts
A sample of the schools that have come on school trips annually are Cowan House Prep, The Wykeham Collegiate, Gert Maritz, Weston Agricultural School, Michaelhouse, Pietermaritzburg Girls High, Epworth Junior, St Nicholas Prep. Underberg Primary, Estcourt Christian Academy, Penzance Primary (Durban), Warner Beach Primary, Umbogintwini Primary, St Benedicts (Pine Town).
Creativity, originality, inventiveness, resourcefulness are inherent characteristics in all of us. We all possess originality of thought. The nurturing of the creative mind in a child can instil an inventive style of thinking that will remain with him or her for life. Skilful teachers are fully aware of this and strive to inculcate innovative thinking in their pupils.
At Giverny Creative Country Holidays, our school trips complement the teacher's role by providing a stimulating country environment where, under the guidance of experienced facilitators, children can involve themselves in the planned creative activities - usually arts and craft -and add fun and excitement to the learning experience.
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