Six of the UK Best Artist Studios (Where You Can Stay the Night)

Pack your watercolours and prepare for a trip filled with wholesome pastimes. We’ve found the UK’s most inspiring artist studios and creative spaces where you can stay for the night.

Flooded with natural light, art studios often capture that accidentally-on-purpose cluttered aesthetic. A state of charmingly disarray. They're the window into the minds of makers and craftspeople, and often fuel for a visitor's creative fire.

Across the UK, painters, printmakers and crafters are opening their workshops to guests, and boutique hotels are amping up the bohemian spirit with in-house studios. Intrigued? Read on to find our favourite pottery in the New Forest, an 18th-century painter's studio in the Cotswolds and creative retreats in Cornwall and beyond.

Artist studios, workshops and creative spaces to bed down in


The NoMad


Sure, you're not likely to see any messy paint brushes within these four walls, but this Covent Garden hotel is home to a world-class art programme that accommodates more than 1,600 curated and commissioned works by British and international artists. The idea is to bring together the finest creative talents in design, art and hospitality. Throughout the building, you'll spot paintings, sculptures, engravings and installations from key post-war American and European artists. The experience is perhaps a little like walking through a collector's home, with as many as 50 original pieces in a single suite.


28 Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7AW


Vinegar Hill Pottery

New Forest

Featured on the Great Pottery Throw Down, Vinegar Hill Pottery offers ceramic classes and on-site accommodation in a lovingly restored gypsy wagon dating from 1885. It’s run by a husband-and-wife team in the seaside village of Milford on Sea: Lucy Rogers manages the three-bedroom accommodation, while husband David teaches classes and produces his own range of tableware and handmade basins. Rosie the wagon has been painted by one of the last trained gypsy-wagon painters in the country, and sits outside the pottery looking over the woodland garden.


Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0RZ


Lobster Pot and Strand Line


These coastal retreats in Porthcothan have been decorated with upcycled finds by Cornish artist Susie Ray, who offers workshops in crafts and fish rubbing (a Japanese technique). Creative sessions draw inspiration from Cornwall's landscape; turn foraged beach finds into pieces of art for the home - think driftwood hearts and scallop-shell wind chimes - or take part in painting and printmaking workshops under Susie's expert eye. Lobster Pot is a cosy cabin perfect for couples or solo artists, while Strand Line has two bedrooms and is popular with families. The properties' gardens are inspired by film director Derek Jarman's cottage garden in Dungeness, featuring coastal decor, flotsam and flint-stone chips to reflect the rusticity of the interiors.


Porthcothan, PL28 8PR


The Artist Studio


An exceptional piece of Glaswegian real estate, this one-bedroom studio belongs to a local textile designer with an eye for interiors. The high ceilings, wood-burning fire and bohemian vibes are a treat for the senses, as are the views over Kelvingrove Park. Natural light floods in through the bay windows, and owner Pip has placed a large easel overlooking the park to tempt out your inner creative. The Airbnb is a 15-minute drive from Glasgow Airport when there’s no traffic, and once you’re there everything you could need is within walking distance. Wander to nearby Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to everything from dinosaur bones and mummified heads to original Renoir paintings.


Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow


The Fife Arms

Braemar, United Kingdom

In the Highlands, The Fife Arms' reputation precedes it: 46 individually styled guest rooms brimming with Scottish history, tartan and museum-worthy art courtesy of owners (and Hauser & Wirth co-founders) Iwan and Manuela Wirth. Over the last few years, a number of artists and poets have taken up residence, immersing themselves in the wild surroundings. The Artist's Studio is a one-off suite for those seeking a creative escape, with a cabin bed and private studio for letting loose. Inspired by The Bloomsbury Group's eclectic Charleston House, the room features hand-painted walls as well as stunning views over Cairngorms National Park.


Mar Road Braemar Aberdeenshire AB35 5YN Scotland

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The Artist’s House

Deal, Kent

This two-bed bolthole was decorated by Steve Thomas, Sir Paul McCartney's personal designer, who lives next door. The house is tucked away in a quiet and charming mews in the artsy seaside town of Deal. The traditional cottage exterior gives nothing away. Enter through the stable door to double-height space filled with prints, sculptures and original paintings illuminated by bright, natural. The house is just minutes' walk from the sea, the high street and great chippies.


George Street, Deal, CT14 6LJ

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