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Covid-19 update

Sadly, because of the Covid-19 situation, all 2020 courses are now cancelled. Everyone who was booked onto a course this year should now have been offered alternative arrangements. Thank you to all our guests who have sent us kind words and encouragement.  As a small business, run by two self-employed people, this year has presented us with some huge challenges. 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.


While we aren’t able to host art holidays, we are instead offering Shorland Old Farm as a self-catering venue, so if you or anyone you know is looking for a holiday in North Devon / Exmoor, do take a look at what’s available:


Stay well, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you in the future.


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 at Shorland Old Farm

Choose from a broad range of art holidays and breaks, 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.


Bring your own groupColin Steed Shorland Old Farm September 2014-7

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 at Shorland Old Farm

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.


Bedroom window, Shorland Old FarmHome 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 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.



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.


Explore the site to find out if Shorland Old Farm could be the ideal location for your art or walking holiday, group getaway or retreat.

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