Studio for artists & writers



retreats and residencies for artists and writers

Atelier de la Rose
Place du village
46700 Montcabrier
tel : 05 65 24 66 36
cell : 06 87 82 33 18

Artist’s and writer’s retreats and residencies have been a part of Atelier de la Rose for some 20 years. This service is for amateurs and professionals alike, for people who are motivated and independent. A residency or a retreat is a creative break that lasts from just one day or up to six weeks.

There is one studio, which is the working space for writers as much as it is for artists. It is exclusively yours. It is next to the guest wing consisting of two double-bedded rooms, a small sitting room with a fridge and Wifi, a spacious bathroom and a separate toilet.  The guest wing is also exclusively yours.

What is a retreat?  A retreat is for an artist or writer who may only want the studio for a few days.  This offers maximum flexibility for a supplement of 40 euros per day.  Here are some examples:  (1) an artist books a room for three nights and uses the studio for two days (costing:  135 euros for B & B accommodation and 80 euros for the studio); (2) a writer comes with his/her partner for 6 nights B & B, the writer spends three days working on his/her creative project in the studio (costing:  310 euros B & B accommodation for the couple and 120 euros for the studio).

What is a residency? A residency is for those who want a more intensive creative break from one to six weeksAn artist or a writer stays on a full-board or half-board basis and enjoy Sally’s home cooking based on the best French tradition of fresh local produce. Companions are always welcome.

Art in the region.  This part of southwest France has a long tradition of attracting artists and writers. It is here that paintings made about 29,000 years ago can be found. The co-founder of the Surrealist movement, André Breton, chose to live in the area. Henry Miller writes about it in «The Colossus of Maroussi»: «To me this river, this country …. is the country of enchantment which poets have staked out and which they alone may lay claim to. It is the nearest thing to Paradise this side of Greece».

The region is rich in historic sites, such as the Paleolithic cave at Pech Merle and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum at Albi. Guided visits can be arranged during your stay for a supplement.


The studio is a conversion of a centuries-old stone house with a terracotta-tiled floor and oak-beamed ceiling. The floor area is 7 x 5 metres; the height is 2.5 metres. Daylight illumination is by three sets of French windows. Supplementary lighting is by fluorescent tubes and halogen spotlights.

The French windows open out in three directions, thus offering a considerable extension of available working space in fine weather.

Easles, trestles, drawing boards, folding chairs, sketching stools, a large table and a couch are provided.  Heating is included in the price.

The village bakery sells a range of foods and drinks for a picnic, and there is a small fridge in the guest wing sitting room where you can store your purchases.  If you book a residency lunch and/or dinner are provided for you. These meals are included in our rates: you choose between a full-board or a half-board residency. Please refer to the «tariff»page for more information.

The studio is not available from 15th November to 15th March.


The studio is available through to 15th November.


Please consult the “Writer’s Space” page for other possible residencies.