Hôtel Sainte Valière

Arts residency in the south of France

A grand old house, in a small village amongst the vines in the south of France. The region is the Minervois, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Mountains, not far from the Spanish border. Olive trees, fruit trees, pretty little market towns, fresh local produce, local wines, walks, river swims. Hôtel Sainte Valière is an arts residency, a place of creative production and cultural exchange, and proposes concerts and events. We are currently accepting artist applications for our 2019 residency programs.

If you wish to buy a copy of Eloise’s illustrated book Story of the Hôtel Sainte Valière please write to info@hotelsaintevaliere.com. It’s in English, French version to come. 15€ / 20$ + postage.

Upcoming availability 2019 at Hôtel Sainte Valière:
1 – 11 May: residency for artists with children – available rooms: 2
18 – 31 May: available rooms: 2
1 – 15 June: available rooms: 0
16 – 25 June: available rooms: 1
7 – 14 July: available rooms: 2
 If your preferred dates are unavailable, we do have a waiting list in case of cancellations
Ann McGinley – painter – Australia – September 2018

“I think it was Oscar Wilde who said “‘To do nothing at all, is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.’

At Hôtel St Valèere, Eloise and Sophie have managed to create a state of suspension where the resident artist is freed from quotidian thoughts and concern. Time moves slowly in this small, historic village. As the church bell chimed the hours, I had abundant time to consider, delve and contemplate my art practice. This is something that is so valuable to the progression of creative thought but unfortunately increasingly harder to experience.

Eloise also acts as an effective conduit to the Languedoc environs and community whether this is an art class at the town hall, music at nearby restaurant, a swim in the river, or even an overnight trip to Arles. Or the more difficult pursuit of doing nothing.

The Hotel itself is welcoming. The rooms are spacious and there is abundant studio space and light. Through the open windows, while working, I could sense village life ­ locals walking to the épicerie for their croissants, a coffee and a gossip; cars on their way to the neighbouring villages of Ginestas or Paraza; or tractors rumbling to and from the surrounding vineyards. The large kitchen offered respite on hot days, a place to eat breakfast or lunch or prepare a much needed coffee; but more importantly the origin of many delicious meals prepared by Sophie or Eloise. Equally respite could be had in the library on the top floor with views of the surrounding hills or in the magenta downstairs salon. In the evening after a profitable day of idling, working or exploring the countryside by bike or car, the terrace was the place for sharing conversation, food and the region’s wonderful wines.

I hope I again have the opportunity to experience such creative idleness.”

http://www.annmcginley.net/

Marie Bondeson – artist – & Håkan Obbel – Sweden – October 2018

“We came with the intention to recover from a period of hard artistic work and get new energy. We  found a quiet, friendly, warm and open space. A good place for dreaming, a wonderful working space and a socially great house to stay at. Eloise and Sophie are two really caring people that do everything to make your stay as good as you can wish. The atmosphere in the house and in the village is both relaxing and energising so you can actually get things done. Thank you both for a rich experience.”

http://www.mariebondeson.se/

Katerina Knight – textile artist – UK – July 2018

“The space which Eloise has created at Hôtel Sainte Valière for Artists encourages both creative and cultural exchange, through engaging conversation over lovely food and wine amidst a dreamlike landscape. The surroundings offer the perfect balance of inspiration to produce new work whilst allowing undisturbed time for reflection and thinking. Hôtel Sainte Valière is everything you could ask for and more, I will treasure my time spent here.”

Margarita Georgiadis – painter – Australia – June 2018

“My residency at Hôtel Sainte Valière fulfilled my every wish and expectation of what the perfect artists residency should be. Uninterrupted, peaceful endlessnessism of time, productivity and wandering through a spectacular landscape that feeds inspiration. A lifetime can be savored in a day here, with the wonderful knowledge that tomorrow will bring yet another lifetime of continuing magical experiences.”