Facilities & Location
Residents live and work in the house, studios and gardens of Studio Faire, located in the Gascony market town of Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne, South West France.
Studio Faire is a small mansion built in the mid 19th century. The large entrance hall, dining room and sitting room can be enjoyed by the residents during their stay and can also provide an ideal ‘gallery’ space for private meetings, exhibitions and events.
A choice of three private bedrooms will be available to residents (though all are currently being modernised! We aim to have at least one double room decorated by March 2018). One is a single and the other two can be double or twin rooms, should you wish to share with a companion (See Costs for details). These three rooms will share two shower rooms with toilets across the hall.
Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis, with a shared kitchen offering all the basics, including a dishwasher and laundry facilities.
The shared studio space in the old garage, which is cool and spacious, can be accessed from the bedrooms and kitchen. Two giant attached workshops, plus another external building in the garden, can also provide great space for larger sculptural projects or messy work. The huge living room could be used as a studio space by a writer, musician or artist/maker requiring a clean space.
The large walled garden is enclosed, offering private, shaded space for reading or drawing under the mature trees, or for dining with fellow residents on the patio. Beyond that there is a wilder garden, a perfect hideaway!
The large rooms and enclosed garden give a feeling of isolation and are ideal places for focused work. The beautiful river Baïse trickles by just a five-minute walk from the house and is perfect for a stroll along the river bank.
Sharing of Skills, Knowledge and Useful Contacts
We have many skills between us and are well connected in this area. We will be happy to share our knowledge and contacts with you during your stay. There will most likely be other creative residents at Studio Faire during your stay with whom you can share information and ask for feedback.
Though there is plenty of space for contemplation and creative work in and around the house, the reality is that Studio Faire is near the centre of the vibrant town of Nérac and less than a ten-minute walk to shops, cafes, bars, weekly market, library, theatre, music hall, cinema, supermarkets, old town and Château.
As for the surrounding area … it’s extremely beautiful! The best plan would be for you to hire a car at the airport, as there is much to see in the Lot-et-Garonne (especially the stunning panoramic views from the twisty country roads!). See some of our images of the area here.
If you don’t want to drive yourself, Nérac is just a short journey from the city of Agen, where the station is served by high speed TGV, which can whisk you along from Bordeaux or Toulouse (with excellent airports in both). Colin will happily pick you up from Gare d’Agen free of charge (though he does enjoy a cool Rosé wine for his apéro!) or you can jump on a bus if you prefer to be independent.
This part of France has long daylight hours and reliably good weather throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Dinners in the sunshine are a regular event!
Château Henri IV de Nérac
Looking towards Studio Faire from Château Henri IV de Nérac.