More about residencies

The residency

The purpose of our residency is to allow you to fully concentrate on your work, at the rhythm which suits you best. It is ideally suited to writing, drawing, painting, dreaming, researching, exploring and thinking. We have set up the residency to allow maximum autonomy. The residency is largely self-catering, but every second night we come together for the evening meal, which aside from being delicious is an excellent moment of exchange, conversation, and unwinding.

The house

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The house has three stories. On the ground floor are two living rooms, a large kitchen and the gardens and terrace. On the first floor are the three resident’s rooms, each with a double bed, large workspace, views onto the village or the garden, and a private bathroom. On the top floor are your hosts’ rooms, and a library with views out over the rooftops. Residents are free to work in the downstairs living rooms and upstairs library should they wish to do so. The house accommodates three to six residents at a time.

Getting about

There are many short walks around the village that you can do on foot. Longer walks (3-4k) will take you to neighbouring villages and their cafes, and the Canal du Midi. There are lovely river swim spots around 6k away. We provide an automatic car, a Peugeot 205, for your use, and propose a limited liability insurance which we recommend for longer trips. You pay for the petrol you use. We also have bicycles and maps at your disposition, and recommendations for good restaurants, markets, towns, sites and swim spots to visit. A bus will take you into Narbonne twice a day, and from Narbonne the rail system will take you anywhere you wish to go. We pick you up from Narbonne station when you arrive and drop you back there upon departure.

Partners/Children

Should you wish to bring a partner or children please contact us and we will decide on a case by case basis.

Meals

Chefs-in-residenceThere is a grocery store in the village with basic goods and fresh bread and coffee in the mornings, a resident’s pantry to store your food, and a car at your disposal for shopping. The nearest supermarket is 8km away. Every second evening we prepare a meal for the artists (2/3 courses + beverages), which is 18 € per person. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

Presentation

Should you wish to stage a public presentation of your work in the house, we will gladly organise this, contact the local press, and publicise the event on our website and social media. Presentation is generally to a small but enthusiastic village crowd. 

Fees 2020

  •  375 €  per person per week

The residency fees include accommodation, utilities, high speed internet, firewood, use of the house, garden, bicycles, car and communal facilities. Residents are expected to leave the communal living spaces as they found them, and you are responsible for the house-keeping of your own room. Should you wish to present your work, the time we devote to this is also included.

To apply

We are now accepting applications for our May, June, September and October residencies 2020. 

To apply, send a brief description of your project and the dates you would like to attend to Eloise at eloise@hotelsaintevaliere.com.

Support

Although we cannot currently provide grants, we are happy to provide official documents and letters of invitation for artists wishing to find third-party grant support or other funding for a residency. We are also very happy to discuss your specific project requirements with you and will do our best to accommodate your needs, so do not hesitate to contact us in this regard.