Special Interest Holidays

Luxury Boutique Retreats in Italy

Hotel Leone is a unique setting in the historic centre of Montelparo in Central Italy perched above the rolling countryside offering special interest holidays and creative retreats.  Experience an authentic stay within a medieval village.

We easily combine the perfect balance of creativity, relaxation, sightseeing, a little bit of culture and luxury accommodation tailored to each individual group.

Le Marche, in Central Italy, whose landscapes have inspired artists for centuries, provides the most breathtaking backdrops for any painting holiday, photography course or quilting and knitting retreat.

Have you ever thought about joining a writing retreat, painting or knitting holiday or take part in a yoga retreat in Italy?   Now’s your chance.  Stress free, relaxing, fresh air and stunning views – what more could you want?

All our retreats are for small groups only.  There could be up to 20 people but more typically between 12-15.  We have 11 luxury, en-suite bedrooms so you can share with a friend or bring a partner – even if they’re not participating in your activity and we try our best not to charge a vast supplement for those coming on their own.    

Below is our great selection of special interest or activity based holidays and vacations over the coming months set in the inspiring Le Marche countryside in Central Italy. 

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Retreats Programme

We offer a unique setting for special interest holidays and inspirational retreats easily combining the perfect balance of creativity, relaxation, sightseeing, a little bit

Painting Holidays

Join one of our special week-long PAINTING HOLIDAYS in the heart of Italy – find out more

Painting Holiday with Fiona Forbes

7th – 14th May 2022: Watercolours, Drawing and Sketching holiday

Painting Holiday with Carole Massey

14th – 21st May 2022 Painting with Carole Massey. Suitable for all abilities. Drawing, Pen & Wash, Watercolours or a medium of your choice

Painting Holiday with David Shkolny

21st – 28th May 2022: Week long painting holiday with David Shkolny

Yoga Retreat with Bristol Maryott & Carrie Cooper

28th May – 4th June 2022: A special week-long YOGA RETREAT in the rolling hills of Le Marche, Italy with Bristol Maryott and Carrie

Writing Retreat with Ruth Brandt

4th – 11th June 2022: A creative writing retreat led by Ruth which will include taught sessions covering the art and craft of

Knitting Retreat with Janine Bajus

11th – 18th June 2022: a knitting retreat with a difference. 15 hours of playful colour exploration in the Fair Isle knitting tradition combined

Painting Holiday with Sue Ford

22nd – 29th June 2022 Painting Holiday with Sue Ford

Yoga Retreat with Patty Turnberg

27th August – 3rd September 2022: Enjoy a relaxing Yoga Retreat with Patty Turnberg’s Hatha based classes

Painting Holiday with Elaine Griffith

3rd – 9th September 2022: Painting Holiday with Elaine Griffith

Painting Holiday with Jenny Aitken

10th – 17th September 2022: from Plein Air study through to studio finish

Painting Holiday with Gaye Adams

17th – 24th September 2022: Week-long Plein Air painting holiday with Gaye Adams

Painting Holiday with James Tatum

24th September – 1st October 2022: The Landscape as Power and Emotion. A week-long painting holiday with James Tatum

Special week-long Creative Writing Retreat with REBECCA ABRAMS

8th – 15th October 2022: Creative Writing Retreat with award winning author, journalist and literary critic Rebecca Abrams

Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan

25th September – 2nd October 2021: An Essence of Place, Painting Holiday with Julia Morgan

Painting Holiday with Peter Woolley

15th – 22nd October 2022 – Watercolour painting with Peter Woolley

Painting Holiday with Eli Cedrone

27th May – 3rd June 2023: Experience the colours of Italy with award-winning artist Eli Cedrone!

Painting Holiday with Gerry Dudgeon

17th – 24th June 2023: Abstracting from the Landscape with Gerry Dudgeon.

Mixed Media Art Retreat with Roxanne Stout

16th – 23rd September 2023: Storytelling with collage – Mixed media art retreat with Roxanne Stout

Exclusive Use

Why not indulge yourself with family and friends by renting, exclusively, our Boutique Hotel

Walking Holidays Italy

Treasures of Le Marche – a one week guided walking holiday in Italy designed to showcase the best of the area…

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