Visit Nutcombe Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin North Devon

Painting Facilities & Tuition

Join Mike Bernard R.I

Visit NutcombeSet on a North Devon hillside in an Area of Outstanding beauty a very short distance from Exmoor National Park and close to the spectacular North Devon Coast is Nutcombe Farm the home of Mike Bernard.

From June 09 you are invited to stay in one of the three recently converted barns offering self catering accommodation.

When booking a morning demonstration and end of week criticism you can purchase the use of a painting studio for the duration of your stay. Minimum of two students booking.


The Studio A four arch stone wagon barn has been converted to a painting studio for your use upon request (Adults only) see booking form.You are advised to bring your own easel and preferred painting equipment.

About Mike

Mike BernardBorn in Kent in 1957 award winning Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools. Since then he has exhibited widely in London and the provinces. The artist was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1997. He moved to Devon in 2008 where he has been inspired by the amazing light.

Mike Bernard enjoys experimenting with media and techniques, often using mixed media incorporating collage and acrylics. Mike has used paper collage for several years and has developed a highly original and appealing style of his own. As a base to his paintings it has allowed him to create abstract structures that in turn develop into those “happy accidents” which come about from time to time. Random textures, colours and shapes suddenly fall into place. This method allows picture to evolve their own personality as they progress, which avoids them becoming over-representational.

If you would like to see some of Mikes work please visit his website at

A morning demonstration and talk together with an end of week criticism may be booked at the cost of £75.00 per person. Studio use only is at a cost of £50.00 per week.

For enquiries or to make a booking please contact us by telephone on 01271 889379 or via email at

Please read the information on the Terms and conditions page before you make a booking.

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