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PERSPECTIVES A fascinating two-day course, a short break like no other SOMERSET, 20-21 MARCH 2013 DESIGN | ART | ARCHITECTURE | HISTORY

WHAT’S INCLUDED Thought-provoking course on design, art and architecture Counsel from our expert creative tutors to help you design a room in your own house 5* rated accommodation in en-suite double bedrooms All meals, which are prepared using delicious local produce, are included All required teaching materials A year’s complimentary subscription to ANALOGUE, Altwoode’s lavish journal


ltwoode Perspectives is a short break like no other. Available only on 20-21 March 2013, this two-day course offers you inspiration and relaxation in opulent surroundings. Expert tutors will lead fascinating, conversational salons and provide counsel to help you unlock your creativity and design your own house. Reserve your place today for this exclusive experience at DESIGN | ART | ARCHITECTURE | HISTORY

Fascinating salons led by expert tutors will inspire and delight You will experience inspiring and thought-provoking salons led by expert creative tutors in design, art, architecture and history.

design art architecture history A CO URS E F O R AL L TO E NJOY The course is designed for everyone to enjoy. No prior experience or qualifications are required. You will receive your own personal itinerary, allowing salons to remain intimate, friendly and conversational, a place for sharing ideas. DES IGN YO UR OWN HOUSE There will also be time to work on your own plans for a room in your house. If you bring the measurements with you, your tutors will be on hand to provide advice and inspiration. You can also benefit from a useful reference library.


An immersive, whistle-stop tour of English design history to begin the course and provide historical context for your own design. Led by Adam D’Souza, founder of Altwoode, you will gallop through the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras with refreshing examples to surprise and delight you.


Colour schemes traditionally match furniture or fittings. Diana Patient, creative director of Altwoode and a portrait photographer, offers an unexpected angle that brings the outdoors and the historical context into the home. See your house with fresh eyes, as if through the lens.


Most of us do not have the luxury of re-building our houses from the inside out. Marcel Mauer, a conservation architect (who normally designs from the outside in) shows you how to take best advantage of space and structure.

Whet your appetite with this taster of planned salons

Beautiful thoughts require beautiful surroundings

The magnificent Tudor architecture of Dillington House, your home for the two days of Altwoode Perspectives, 20-21 March 2013

Beautiful thoughts require beautiful surroundings: few are as appealing as Dillington, your own private country estate in the Somerset countryside. Numbers will be strictly limited to ensure an intimate atmosphere. This Tudor manor house, in golden coloured stone, will welcome you with peaceful woodland walks, roaring log fires, delicious home-cooked food and superb 5* rated accommodation. Altwoode Perspectives is a feast for the eyes, a feast for the mind, and a feast for the spirit.

You can enjoy peaceful walks around the park, enjoying its far-reaching views, or linger in the Wilderness, your own private woodland

Escape everyday cares on your own private country estate


ltwoode Perspectives gives you your own private estate in the Somerset countryside, Dillington, about 2½ hours’ drive from London. At its heart is a sixteenth century manor house, the former home of Prime Minister, Lord North and has been named as one of England’s thousand best houses by Simon Jenkins.


Accommodation is rated 5* by Visit Britain, reflecting the Altwoode philosophy of English Opulence. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and plasma screen televisions.


Enjoy a real sense of occasion in your splendid surroundings. As the dressing gong sounds, you and your fellow guests dress up for dinner in the vaulted dining room. You will enjoy delicious food throughout the course, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. All meals are included in the course fee. Naturally, we can cater for special diets.


Teaching rooms are situated in the contemporary Hyde building, a RIBA award-winning lodge overlooking the Somerset Levels spread below. Spacious, airy studios are flooded with light. There, in the company of your tutors and fellow guests, you can develop your creativity and escape from routine, fashioning a design for your own house and learning about design, art and architecture.

Lose yourself in the beautiful grounds. Unwind and seek inspiration for your design. Your tutors will help release your creative potential.

Why subject yourself to the trial of foreign travel when such subtle beauty is on your doorstep, just 2½ hours’ drive from London?

Between salons, stroll down the private lane through the park, admiring the standard oaks and grazing sheep; lose yourself in the Wilderness, where contemporary sculptures stand in the woods; or sit and enjoy the views of the park and countryside from the formal terrace and garden.

Altwoode Perspectives is not just a classroom course: it is your opportunity to unlock your creativity and escape your everyday routine

Stay an extra night to enjoy the beauty of Somerset in spring What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare? March is an ideal time to enjoy a short holiday in the Somerset countryside. The A303 is quiet. Splashes of yellow, white and green are appearing in the landscape’s earthy palette. You can relax with an extra night’s stay at Dillington before or after the course – contact us on or 0844 870 7476 for special rates. There is plenty to see and explore within just a few minutes’ drive: Barrington Tudor manor restored in Edwardian style with Gertrude Jekyll gardens Barrington TA19 0NQ 3 miles, 6 minutes

East Lambrook Famous gardens, the spiritual home of English cottage gardening South Petherton TA13 5HH 9 miles, 20 minutes

Montacute Glittering Elizabethan mansion with renowned portrait collection Nr. Yeovil TA15 6XP 12 miles, 25 minutes

We have deliberately chosen a location with excellent provision for disabled guests, so that everyone can experience English Opulence. We understand that each individual has different needs, so please contact us on or 0844 870 7476 before booking if you would like specific advice.

You can reach the contemporary bedrooms in the RIBA award-winning Hyde building via a spacious, modern lift; they are fitted with walk-in “wet room” bathrooms. The teaching studios are also fully accessible. The ground floor of the house – dining room, hall and library – is also easily accessed via a shallow ramp and automatic doors, however there are no disabled toilets in the house.

Disabled guests can enjoy the same rarefied experience

A flat car park next to the house and Hyde is reserved for disabled guests. You can enjoy the gardens, with flat paving and a ramp down to the croquet lawn. A private lane affords access to the park, although you will need to be able to cross a cattle grid. The only part of the estate that is difficult to access is the Wilderness, Dillington’s private woodland.


The full course fee is £499 per person. This includes: • Accommodation in your own private double bedroom. • Course tuition and materials. • All meals as described in the brochure and confirmation. “All inclusive” is morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner on day 1; and breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea on day 2. • A year’s complimentary subsciption to Analogue, the Altwoode journal. The course fee does not include: • Travel to and from the venue. • Alcoholic drinks – a cash bar is available. • Travel insurance. BOOKING You can reserve your place via the Altwoode website ( – this includes a form for your personal details – or via telephone (in which case booking forms will be sent via email). After we have received your booking information and payment, we shall send you the joining instructions and directions. Your place will not be secured until we have received full payment. CANCELLATION We reserve the right to cancel your booking. If this is the case, we shall naturally reimburse you the whole amount you have paid. If you cancel your place, you will forfeit a percentage of your course fee, depending on how close to the start date you cancel. For cancellations up to 12 weeks before the start date you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 12 and 4 weeks before the course start date you will forfeit 50% of the full course fee. Cancellations within 4 weeks of the course start date will forfeit the full amount paid. AMENDMENT If you cannot attend the course and wish to transfer your place to someone else, we offer amendment at no cost. ITINERARIES Itineraries and course content are subject to change and are given for guidance only. Information about third-party activities (e.g. local attractions) is provided in good faith and is accurate at the time of writing.

HEALTH This course does not require strenuous physical activity – indeed, disabled guests are welcome. However if you have any health problems, it is your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical advice before participating in this course. ACCOMMODATION Visit England has classified Dillington as a 5* campus. Rooms are all en-suite and furnished to a high standard. Dillington is a house, not a hotel; therefore some amenities (such as room service) that one might expect from a hotel of equivalent standing are not available. Main house bedrooms are accessed via steep stairs, so please notify us of any accessibility requirements; fully accessible rooms are available in the Hyde. LUGGAGE You may bring as much luggage as you like. However we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to your personal property. Items are brought at your own risk. We have taken all reasonable steps to create a secure environment: the estate is not open to the public, is protected with CCTV, and all bedrooms are lockable. INTERNET Free wi-fi is available, but please note that bandwidth in rural Somerset is quite limited. Please feel free to bring your devices if you like, but we suggest that you might prefer to embrace an escape from technology for a couple of days! QUALIFICATION This course is not suitable for children. The minimum age for participants is 18. There is no maximum age. No qualifications or specific academic experiences are required to participate fully in this course. It is designed to be enjoyed by anyone with a solid basic education. This course is a two day taster of various creative fields. It is not professional training. We do not offer qualifications on completion. CURRENCY All prices are in £Sterling. All meals and tuition are included in the course fee, so the only money you may require during the course is some cash for the bar. SPECIAL REQUESTS Any special requests, including dietary requirements, must be advised in writing or telephone well before the course start date. We will make every effort to put arrangements in place. CLOTHING Casual attire is acceptable during the day. For dinner, formal dress is requested; black tie is encouraged! We suggest that you bring waterproofs and stout shoes if you want to enjoy the estate – the paths are likely to be muddy.

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Altwoode Perspectives  

Altwoode Perspectives is a two-day course, a short break like no other. Immerse yourself in design, art, architecture and history amid the o...

Altwoode Perspectives  

Altwoode Perspectives is a two-day course, a short break like no other. Immerse yourself in design, art, architecture and history amid the o...