This year's Chalk the Sun creative writing retreat was brilliant with great teaching from the well-informed and entertaining tutors - a children's book editor and a crime and comedy specialist. With just 6 other students and some local expat day students we really got lots of individual help and as a total beginner I actually felt pleased with my writing by the end of the week. The other students were a great mix of ages and backgrounds from a young Aussie glider pilot to a very high-powered Home office bod. We had great chats with the students and tutors over yummy 3 course organic suppers with loads of local wine all included with the week's accommodation and the tuition. We borrowed bikes in the afternoons and went to the nearby beach or used the pool. We also did a trip to the lovely medieval town of Ostuni on our free Saturday and visited the Mother of Ostuni a 28000 year old woman in a nearby cave with the local museum curator. The only drag was flying Ryan air but it only cost me about £100. I'll be back again next year - maybe with my novel underway!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Masseria Impisi offers accommodation in self-catering apartments at a restored olive farm and mill, near the sea and close to the historic city of Ostuni. There is a library/TV room and a laundry for guest use. The accommodation is surrounded by landscaped gardens dotted with sculptures and mosaics and olive groves. There is a pool from the limestone rock and there are free bicycles for exploration of the surrounding countryside. Produce from the estate includes our own olive oil and jams and preserves from our fruit trees. Our chickens give us free range eggs and our dog Daisy is happy to take you on local walks. We can help with sightseeing and information on places of interest and are always on hand to answer questions and ensure your stay is a happy one. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Il Collegio Ostuni, Italy - Puglia