Studio for artists & writers



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. Our artist-in-residence service is for amateurs and professionals alike. A residency or a retreat is a creative break that lasts from one 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 during a residency. 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.

An artist or a writer can stay 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.

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.

Breakfast, lunch and 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 village bakery sells a range of foods and drinks for those who prefer a picnic, and there is a small fridge in the guest wing sitting room where you can store your purchases.

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


The studio is not available for the following dates :    first two weeks in October (dates to be confirmed).


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


There is a 10% reduction on residencies in April and October.