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Photography Escape

Thursday February 29th to Sunday March 3rd 2024

£425 per person
£180 non-residential


Suitable for beginners and intermediates

Blow away the winter blues with a restorative, fully catered break at Nutsford House. Explore the rugged beauty of Exmoor and learn to use your camera or phone to take better photographs.

Enjoy supportive workshops with photographer Mark Clinton Johnson and a guided walk on the moor with local expert Sarah Hailstone (@ExmoorwithJack) with plenty of time to relax in the beautiful surroundings of Nutsford House.


For more details or to book, contact Amanda and James at or on 07554 748835



Arrive for afternoon tea. Explore the grounds, relax and enjoy dinner with fellow guests.


Workshops with Mark at Nutsford House with the opportunity to practise outdoors in the afternoon.

Free time to relax. Afternoon tea and dinner.


A chance to put what you've learnt into practice on a 5 to 8 mile guided walk on Exmoor with Mark, led by local expert and talented photographer Sarah Hailstone.

Home to Nutsford House for dinner. Option to book a spa treatment at the house (additional cost).


Guided by Mark, learn to edit your best photographs. You will finish with beautiful final images to take home. 

Depart after lunch together.

During your stay you will learn new skills in a small group and explore the beauty of Exmoor. Your break is fully catered with home cooked, mainly vegetarian, cuisine and plenty of cakes. Please note, however, that we are not licensed but if you would like an alcoholic drink, you are welcome to bring a bottle or two. Spa treatments are available at the house on Friday or Saturday afternoons (at your own expense). Our bedrooms are large and south facing with one bathroom shared between two rooms.

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Mark Clinton Johnson is a Woolacombe based photographer who has a love for exploring and photographing the landscapes and wildlife of North Devon and Exmoor.

Mark says, "When out and about, I always have to take my camera with me. You just never know when the conditions and light might change and I always need to be ready to capture a beautiful image. Taking different lenses offers alternative perspectives that cannot be seen naturally with the human eye and I find it can add a lot of extra interest into landscape pictures."

Mark took the vast majority of photographs on the Nutsford House website and we are delighted that he has agreed to be our tutor for this Photography Escape. 

You can see more of Mark's work on his website :

We are delighted that Sarah Hailstone will be joining Mark to lead the photography walk on Saturday. Sarah grew up on Exmoor and is hugely knowledgeable about the landscape. Sarah's walking routes and photography have built a large and loyal following on instagram @exmoorwithjack and



Nutsford House is a peaceful place. It is also Amanda and James’ home which they share on a permanent basis with their dog, two cats and a library of books, and on a temporary basis with Bed and Breakfast guests. So, they enjoy welcoming visitors and making them feel at home.

Nestled in the Brockey Valley on the edge of Exmoor, this 1920s house has been recently restored to combine its original grandeur with 21st century convenience. It stands in 10 acres of landscaped gardens and private woodland, tucked in amongst trees and babbling streams, with the wilds of Exmoor rising above it.


The south facing, light-filled house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, and there is plenty of space throughout the house to relax. The dining room serves both as a grand venue for communal dining and a space for collaborative workshops. The library is a quiet spot for reading or reflection.


The landscaped gardens are a delight for horticulturists and the woodland a calm escape for wildlife enthusiasts. During your stay, you are bound to see our amazing red deer who regularly pass through the woods.


There is walking right from the front door and the small town of Dulverton is only a couple of miles away, where you’ll find shops, pubs, two bookshops and a wellbeing centre.

The photographs on this page were taken by Mark and Sarah.

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