About us

Back in 2001 we, that is myself and my English husband, decided to move back to my native Spain and we started the long task of finding somewhere to make our shared dreams come true. After five years of traveling back and forth from Heathrow to Valencia or Gatwick to Alicante we finally found somewhere that ticked most of the boxes on our list of must haves, want to haves and do not really need to haves. The property that was originally called “Casablanca”.

Of course the property did not look like this when we bought it, this took a further two years of problematic difficult builders, and we are still finding things to improve.

Painting holidays loli and harold

Who are we?

We are Loli and Harold, a married couple from Spain and England respectively,with a passion for art and life, living the life that we dreamt of, and dedicated to share with anyone who comes with us, the joy of happiness, through art, professionality, gastronomy, dedication, friendship, and most importantly, making sure that you’re enjoying your time with us in this beautiful land where we are.

Dalvaro Painting Holidays Workshop

Why with us?

If you want to learn how to paint with a professional tutor or by yourself, surrounded with gorgeous landscapes and weather, whilst enjoying the mediterranean cuisine cooked to your specifics and needs with the best local ingredients, with a professional but friendly expertise of over 10 years, and not having to worry about any extra charges, we are your perfect fit.

Dalvaro Painting Holidays House Watercolor

How did we get started?

So it was not until 2009 that we were able to really start using our home as a painting holiday venue. We then renamed it “Las Orquideas ” after one of my husbands favourite flowers, “orchids”.

Over the years I had heard of so many people who were disappointed about their painting holiday experiences, that I was determined to make mine different, my dream future. Using hotels was a definite no-no, as would be half board, shared bathrooms and enforced shared bedrooms for single travelers.

The first year, of course was mainly people that we knew and we used these experiences to gain extra insights into looking after, as well as, teaching small groups of mixed ability artists. Of course we soon realized that people are all different and some wanted a ‘painting holiday` while others were more interested in a ‘holiday with painting’. We managed to adapt quite easily, while I concentrated on the ‘painting’ my husband catered for the ‘holiday’.

It all proved to be a very interesting, eye opening and most enjoyable time. We now have friends of those friends staying with us as well as people from all over the UK and around the world, including visitors from Australia, South Africa, The USA, Canada plus a large group of amateur and professional artists from Alaska.