Combine your next holiday rental on Hydra Island with a six-day, Hydra-inspired creative arts and crafts course with the artist Jacqui Savidge at her idyllic Kiaffa home and studio. (Accommodation for 2 guests attending the course included.)
The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920. The core characteristics of the Arts and Crafts movement are a belief in craftsmanship which stresses the inherent beauty of the material, the importance of nature as inspiration, and the value of simplicity, utility, and beauty.
Accommodation is only available to attending students.
"Jacqui Savidge is a very talented and versatile artist, who in my opinion could be a 'poster girl' for the Arts & Crafts movement. Her impeccably tidy studio is crammed with inspiration and neatly organised material for all sorts of art and craftwork. I find it wonderfully exciting when I visit Jacqui and never fail to resurrect my needlepoint or sewing projects after spending time in her studio. Whether it's drawing & watercolour painting or crocheting a rug I can guarantee that her enthusiasm is very contagious. Be assured that she is an excellent teacher who is gentle, patient and encouraging. So I am really happy to promote her courses to visitors who fancy taking up a new hobby or developing their existing skills at the same time as having a holiday on Hydra." Regard Kelsey.
Jacqui's residential course is ideal for those who prefer to avoid the more typical hotspots of Hydra town and harbour. It's perfect for those who want a tranquil, quieter holiday to immerse themselves in the beauty of Hydra's countryside with its far-reaching views, the interesting architectural arches and dramatic changes of light all of which make wonderful subjects for artwork.
After your leisurely breakfast in your private courtyard, you will spend the morning in Jacqui's studio. And in the afternoons you will have time to walk wherever your feet take you. Or you could take the inland road to Kamini or Vlychos for a swim.
And you can spend your evenings, working on your current project or if you are feeling energetic it's a 20-minute walk into town if you want to eat in the harbour.
Jacqui is very environmentally conscious and particularly so when it comes to fabric. She keeps drawers of jersey fabric t-shirts, dresses and tops that can be recycled as rugs, table placemats, baskets, bags, etc using crochet technique. You don't have to bring your own material as she has a good supply for those options that need it. Similarly, for papier mache projects she has a good supply of recyclable paper for you to use. Everything you make during the course will be taken home by you.
You will be staying in the guest apartment of Jacqui's home. It is completely self-contained with its own entrance & private courtyard so you can come and go as you please.
Throughout your stay, Jacqui will be able to give you directions and ideas for good walks and places to visit for those times when you want to explore.
Sleeping arrangements for a couple, two friends or a family of three
The apartment is perfectly suited to accommodate a couple in the large double bed. But if two friends are holidaying together the bedroom is large enough to make up a comfortable single mattress as well.
Jacqui would also consider a third person staying in the accommodation such as a child. Perhaps for parents when just Mum and child want to do the course but Dad wants to 'do his own thing' in the mornings? (Additional 10% on the price.) Please don't hesitate to discuss your requirements with Jacqui.
Please make no mistake, Jacqui's home and the studio are in the area known as Kiaffa, which translated means 'Top'. Kiaffa is the highest point above Hydra town and the views looking down are spectacular. It is the area first inhabited by Hydriots in the 1600s. They made their homes high up so they could see far out to sea and could more easily protect their homes from the marauding pirates of those times. So the walk from Hydra harbour is a good one! You will walk up the level, but slowly inclining Miaoulis Street to the Kala Pigadi (Good Wells) and then a long stretch of steps up to Agios Konstandinos Church. Jacqui's studio is just below the church. The surrounding area is very pretty and has far-reaching mountain and sea views. It is a quiet area with just the occasional cat mewing and the zither of cicadas to interrupt your contemplation. The nearest beach is at Kamini, which is a 20-minute, meandering walk away.
You are guaranteed peace and quiet with total relaxation and a chance to really de-stress and unwind.
When you arrive in Hydra Port, you will be met by Jacqui with a muleteer and two mules, the price of which is included. Before going up the hill to Kiaffa, your bags will be given to the muleteer to load while Jacqui takes you to the supermarket for you to buy your shopping and provisions for the week (that is your food, drink and refreshments, etc). Then the mules can carry it all up the hill for you with your luggage. The cost of the mules to transfer your luggage back down at the end of your stay is also included.
Price & Conditions
The price is €1894 for the week based on 1 or 2 students attending the course.
Only Saturday - Saturday bookings
Available Weeks Starting:
20% non-refundable deposit required to secure booking with the balance of payment no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival date.
No wheelchair access and not suitable for those with a walking impediment.
No smoking inside under any circumstances (okay in the courtyard)
No children under the age of 12
Accommodation is NOT available without the attendance on the course.
Basic art and craft materials
6 x 2.5 hours studio time
3 subjects which must be agreed by both students and notified in advance
Homecooked meal on arrival
18 x 1.5 litres of bottled water
Shopping and luggage transfer on arrival and departure by mule.