We are doing our best to reschedule those courses that are affected by the Covid-19 emergency, in the order in which they take place.
Because the situation is changing so rapidly, and no one knows how long the crisis will continue, forward planning is extremely difficult. Therefore, if you are booked on a course in the coming months, or you have booked an art club to visit, please bear with us. We will be in touch nearer the relevant dates and, if need be, will do our best to find alternative dates if the lockdown affects your current booking.
Thank you to all our guests who have sent us kind words and encouragement. As a small business, run by two self-employed people, we are facing very worrying and uncertain times. With no income, a large premises to upkeep, and the bills continuing to come in, we really do value your understanding and support. We will be doing everything we can to keep ourselves and Old Shorland afloat so that, hopefully, we will still be here when all this is over.
Stay well, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Welcome to Shorland Old Farm
Mark and Sandy Aylen would like to welcome you to Shorland Old Farm, a charming, 17th century, Grade II listed farmhouse on the western edge of Exmoor.
Set in fourteen beautiful acres, Shorland Old Farm offers comfortable accommodation and traditional, home-cooked food, for groups of eight to twelve people.
Residential art breaks
Choose from a broad range of art holidays and breaks throughout the year, in a wide variety of styles and media. All our residential art breaks are led by professional artists and experienced tutors. Visit our Art Holidays and Courses page to find out more.
We also offer a perfect location for visiting art clubs and societies – or simply groups of friends – looking to get away and paint together. There’s plenty of inspiration right here at Shorland Old Farm, or some wonderful coast and countryside on the doorstep, with the bonus of a large well-equipped studio on site. Visit the Tariffs & Booking page for prices and availability, or Contact Us to see what we can do for you.
We’re not limited to artists!
We’ve played host to all kinds of groups: walkers, writers, cyclists, photographers, nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Contact Us to see if Shorland Old Farm could be the ideal venue for your group.
Home from home
At Shorland Old Farm, we want you to feel at home. We can tailor breaks to suit the needs of an individual group, with bed and breakfast, half or full board options available, and our nine bedrooms – most of which are en-suite – provide comfortable and flexible accommodation. There’s a large, beamed sitting room and spacious dining room, both equipped with log burning stoves, for the sole use of our guests. We also offer a spacious and airy studio, perfect for artists, but also ideal for any other groups requiring a large and versatile space.
Shorland Old Farm is a listed building. The very aspects that give the building its old world charm – its steep hillside location, low beams, uneven floors, and unexpected steps – mean it may not be a suitable venue for those with limited mobility. Please Contact Us if you have any concerns or questions.
Please note, we are unable to accept dogs on our breaks. Much as we love them, there are those that don’t, and some who are allergic to them too.