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A plein air painting retreat
painting workshops with Hugo Grenville
delicious seasonal meals and hosting by The Lambay Team
(6 days, 5 nights)
€1,060 ~ 12 people only, delicious and healthy meals. All inclusive.


A plein air painting retreat curated and hosted by Hugo Grenville.  Suitable for all levels including the less experienced.  Duration five days.

Each day will begin with a critique of work made from the previous day, followed by a slide show and talk to prepared you for the day ahead.

Gouache, oil, watercolour or acrylic, working in whatever medium you prefer.  We will be working out of doors in the exceptional landscape of Lambay (weather permitting).

Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own pace.  There will be no formal teaching in the afternoons and you will be free to find a subject that inspires you, be that the Lutyens architecture of the nature and landscape of the island.

We recommend that you work on a relatively modest scale with a view to making small paintings and studies, from which you can continue to work back at home.




Lambay is an extraordinary hidden gem offering the perfect blend of exquisite Lutyens architecture, unusual wildlife and breathtaking landscape and vistas.  Visitors are blown away by the effects of being held by such a beautiful place, made all the more so by its fascinating and romantic history - from pirates, shipwrecks and monks to a love story that endures over 100 years later under the protection of the Baring family.

Millie Baring will be your resident host, warmly welcoming you to her island home and taking care of your needs alongside her small and dedicated team.  Prepare yourself to be regaled with stories of Lambay’s past and present, of Millie's grandfather Rupert Revelstoke, who lived on Lambay for 50 years until his death in 1994 and left behind him many wonderful, eccentric tales which only serve to add to the magic of the place.

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Your all-inclusive retreat package includes €50 for the return boat transfer between mainland Ireland and Lambay (departing from Malahide, just north of Dublin airport).  The boat journey takes 20 minutes in a covered RIB, with seats and lifejackets provided.


The set per person rate for this retreat is €1,460 although concessions may be offered to couples sharing a bedroom if the second person is not looking to partake in the painting classes, but would like to accompany their artistic partner and soak up the beauty and restful environment of Lambay.

Included in Rates:

  • Lambay boat transfers at beginning and end of your retreat

  • Daily slide-shows, talks and painting workshops with Hugo Grenville

  • Leisurely afternoons to paint, draw or sketch at will on Lambay

  • Luxurious island accommodation for 5 nights and 6 days in the Whitehouse on Lambay

  • All locally sourced, seasonal meals prepared by your private island retreat chef (breakfasts, lunches, dinners and homemade cake at tea time)

  • Morning and afternoon refreshments (tea, coffee, homemade cakes, fruit)

  • Optional yoga sessions with island resident, Saskia Vermeer

  • Private tour of the Lutyens Castle and Gertrude Jekyll gardens

  • Use of island Wi-Fi, sitting rooms, library, gardens, and local know-how

  • Tea/coffee, herbal infusions and soft drinks available all day (self-serve)

  • Personal hosting from the resident Baring family throughout your island stay​​

Not Included:

  • Travel to Ireland and transportation to Malahide Marina from where the Lambay boat departs (boat transfers are included)

  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended as there will be no refunds for travel changes)

  • Extras or mainland expenses


A 20% deposit is required to secure your space and the balance becomes due 6 weeks prior to the retreat start date.  It is also possible to pay in monthly instalments (a fee of €2 per instalment applies) - please enquire with Millie for details.


Our hope is that this retreat will be able to go ahead as planned, and we will be taking all possible precautions to protect against COVID-19 throughout the retreat.  However, in the event that we are forced to cancel the retreat due to government restrictions or safety guidelines, you will receive a full refund (less a €20 bank transfer fee).

Registration & Further Info:

To register and for questions about Lambay, the region or local travel, please write to


For any other questions about the Retreat, please write to Angie at


Our in-house island chef will provide you with fresh, seasonal meals throughout the weekend.  Please be sure to notify us as soon as you book your space if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.


Each bedroom has a super-king bed capable of conversion to two single beds, with mattress protectors, duvets and two pillows per bed. Extra blankets are available should they be desired. Electric blankets are not permitted on the island's off-grid energy supply, however hot bottles are provided in case of cold weather.


The central and upstairs bathrooms have showers; the corner room en suites have bath-shower combinations and the end room luxury en suites have freestanding baths and separate showers.



Please let us know if you would like to request a particular bedroom.

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For more information on what to do and see while on the island, please visit our On Lambay page.


BOOTS - There is a large number of Wellington boots in a range of sizes, which you are welcome to borrow during your stay.


Please make your way to Malahide as soon as you have arrived into Ireland from abroad.


Dublin Airport to Malahide

Malahide is approximately 20 minutes by road from Dublin Airport; a regular size taxi costs approximately €15-20.


Dublin Ferry Port to Malahide

Malahide is approximately 35 minutes by road from Dublin Ferry Port; a regular size taxi costs approximately €30-35.

Directions to Malahide Town Centre

If you wish to stop off in town for supplies, head for Gibney's of Malahide on New Street, a traditional local pub in the centre of Malahide town.  This is well placed between all the most useful shops (Boots, SuperValu, Donnybrook Fair) and restaurants/cafés if you have time for a bite to eat.  The Marina Centre is a five minute walk from Gibney's and the town centre.


If heading straight for the Marina, tell your taxi driver to drive through the Marina Village (under the arch) and straight to the end where you will see a giant anchor sculpture by the Marina Centre.  Our Lambay boat skipper will meet you outside White’s Laundry at the allotted time.  


POLITE NOTICE:  It is important that you do not enter the Marina Centre at any time unless accompanied by the Skipper, as it is private property and there are no public facilities or bathrooms.

The boat transfers to/from Lambay adhere to the tides and, as such, must depart promptly at the scheduled time.

For those with flights, we strongly recommend flights that leave a minimum of 4 hours (preferably 6 hours) between your flight arrival/departure times and the scheduled boat transfer time.  Please be ready at the Marina 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

20kg limit on luggage per person on the boats.


The weather on Lambay is generally milder and drier than on the mainland, with plenty of sunshine. However, the island is also open to the elements and can be very windy. Out of the sun this can make it quite chilly! and weather on the island changes fast so you must be prepared for rain and sun.


We suggest bringing plenty of layers and a light water/wind proof jacket to enjoy Lambay outdoors; cosy slippers or socks and a favourite wooly jumper for indoors, where you can warm up by the cosy open fire in the Whitehouse.

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