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The Coach House is a large, open plan room on the ground floor of a period property nestled in the depths of the Cornish countryside, yet only an 8 minute drive from the centre of Truro. With three big windows, and large bi-folding doors that can be left open to ensure plenty of ventilation and light, the room looks out on a pretty, leafy, cobbled courtyard. A staircase leads to another bright room with additional room for students, and a sink for washing up paintbrushes.
Our class sizes are limited to a maximum of 14 – it’s important to us that our tutors can give each student the individual attention they deserve. This also means that there is plenty of room for social distancing so you can feel safe and comfortable whilst creating. Tutor demonstrations can take place outdoors if practical and weather permits, as can lunches, and there is also the potential to hold some workshops outside with plenty to inspire in the surrounding area – watch this space for news on this!
Location / Transport
The Coach House is 3.8 miles North East of Truro, postcode TR4 9AG. It’s only 8 minutes by car from the centre of Truro, with plenty of parking available on site. If driving, please follow signs to Bodrean Manor Farm – the Coach House is on the right just before it.
Public transport links: In order to enjoy all the benefits of an idyllic countryside location, we had to accept that public transport would be a compromise. There are a few options for public transport – please get in touch if this is essential to your ability to attend a workshop and we will do our best to help.
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Food & Drink
We are now offering a delicious Coach House Lunch option for workshops! Students can enjoy a homemade vegetarian quiche and fresh mixed salad, with a choice of bottled apple juice or elderflower presse. To order a lunch simply add a food ticket to your order at time of booking. Alternatively, you are very welcome to bring your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee making facilities will be available for you to use throughout the day and water bottles can be refilled.
Students are welcome to enjoy lunch outside in the pretty garden or inside at their painting station. Seats are arranged at a social distance of 1+.
Each workshop requires students to supply their own materials according to the list provided by our artists, unless otherwise stated. You receive 10% off supplies from the shop, at any time prior to the workshop. We are also offering a drop-off service so materials you require can be delivered to the Coach House.
Order items from the materials list by emailing us at least 3 days prior to the workshop date. (i.e. orders for a workshop taking place on the 6th must have orders requested before 12am on the 3rd.) We will call you back to talk you though any options and take payment.
As an extra precaution, we are asking our students to come armed with a facemask, and we will be supplying our tutors with a visor, to keep everyone safe. As there is plenty of space for social distancing, it won’t be necessary to wear these all the time whilst painting, but they will be useful for demonstration sessions, and where tutors are providing closer one-on one tuition. Hand gel and antibacterial wipes will be available throughout the day, and the studio will have been thoroughly cleansed and aired prior to each workshop.
The Coach house entrance is a step up from the cobbled courtyard and the toilets, although on the ground floor require a step up to enter. This means our space is not accessible to wheelchair users who are unable to stand/walk for a few steps. We are already looking at ways to become wheelchair friendly and welcome any questions on accessibility.