Since opening in 2001 Watershed has become firmly established as a popular and successful venue for quality art and creative courses. The Studio was created from a redundant farm building by the Bond family and it is now run by Allison Bond with help from family members and friends.
We offer a warm welcome to all our guests and are proud of our reputation for excellent hospitality, great farmhouse food and peaceful rural location.
The studio and grounds are now available for hire for meetings, and small gatherings. We also value and enjoy being part of the thriving community here in St Osyth and as such are happy to welcome local groups and organisations here at special rates on occasions.
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✓ The Studio was converted from a redundant farm building in 2001.
✓ It is deceptively spacious with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
✓ Tea and coffee, including decaf and herbal options, are on tap all day.
✓ We are wheelchair friendly
✓ There is plenty of off-road car parking
✓ The Studio looks out on to meadows and paddocks - there is always plenty of wildlife to enjoy.
✓ Home-cooked farmhouse lunches form an important part of the day
✓ Meals are served either in the garden room or outside under our covered terrace.
✓ Most special dietary needs can be catered for provided you inform us well in advance. If your needs are complex I'm afraid we will ask you to bring your own food to be on the safe side.
✓ All courses include lunch in the price and homemade cake in the afternoon with tea and coffee etc on tap during the day.
✓ Our kitchen is inspected regularly and we have a 5* hygiene rating from the council.
✓ We have a wide range of one and two day courses covering all media.
✓ We employ many professional, very experienced and popular tutors from all over the country, each with a different teaching style but all experts in their field
✓ There is something for everyone, from beginners to the more experienced painter or crafter who wants to try something different.
✓ We have a maximum of twelve people on each course.
✓ Most courses run from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated.
✓ Should an advertised tutor have to pull out of a course we will always endeavour to find an appropriate substitute. We will make every effort to contact those booked on the course so they can decide whether or not they wish to remain on that course or pull out with a full refund.
✓ Most people arrive by car and we have parking adjacent to the studio.
✓ The car park surface is loose and slightly uneven.
✓ The doors to the studio are low threshold and we have wide doorways suitable for wheelchairs. The studio is on one level.
✓ The inside toilet has a frame available for disabled users. There is a second toilet outside but it has a step up into it.
✓ There is a paved path with a slight incline up to the house where we eat our meals and this is moderately uneven. We can put a ramp in place to give full access to the conservatory but please do let me know in advance if its needed please.
Why not give Watershed Gift Vouchers as a present for Christmas or for a Birthday?
I will send a card with an insert indicating the value of the voucher which can be for any amount.
We accept debit and credit card payments over the phone, as well as the usual cheque or cash.
BACs transfer – Nat West – account number 23069791. Sort code 60 05 33. Please quote your surname and surname of tutor as reference. Click here to book
If we have to cancel we will make every effort to contact those booked on the course so you can decide whether or not you wish to transfer to another course or pull out with a full refund.
If you cancel four weeks before the course date the deposit is forfeit but any balance that has been paid will be refunded or transferred to another course
If you cancel two weeks before the course the balance will only be refunded if the place can be filled
If you cancel a week before, or even less, no refund will be given.
There is a wide range of good quality accommodation within the village and surrounding district as this is popular area with holidaymakers. Please do book early but you will need to check the standard of accommodation and prices directly with the providers. Click here for further information
If you are looking for somewhere to have an evening meal try the newly reopened Kings Arms in Colchester Road in the village centre. https://www.kingsarmsstosyth.co.uk
Just a few of our most popular puds and cakes - I will try to post more soon!