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 maison de maître (mansion), built around 1830, situated near the centre of a vibrant town with all amenities.

We host up to six residents at a time and offer four different options for working and sleeping in the main house and two options in a seperate apartment.

In the main house, The Bureau and The Garage Studio are accompanied by seperate bedrooms, whereas The Garden View Room and The Usher Hall are for both working and sleeping. These four residents share the bathroom near their bedroom, plus a toilet on the ground floor. We are currently working on fitting a second bathroom for residents use.

The Bureau with it’s a desk overlooking the garden, is an ideal office space for Writers, Photographers, Musicians or Designer/Makers who are happy with a small clean space. A separate private bedroom is offered along with this room.

The Garage Studio is perfect for Artists and Makers. It is cool and spacious and can be accessed from the bedrooms and kitchen. A separate private bedroom is offered along with this room.

The Garden View Room is just that! Its suitable for anyone who simply requires a bright, airy bedroom with a desk and a view out over the large back garden.

The Usher Hall is another live/work space. It is very generously proportioned and ideal for all creative practitioners working in clean media.

Faire Deux is a self-contained apartment. It has a living room, kitchen, double bedroom and shower room on the first floor, with a workshop underneath on the ground floor. It’s ideal for all creative individuals or couples.

See full details of all options by clicking on the images below.

Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis and residents are given cupboard, fridge and freezer space, plus shared use of a fully fitted kitchen.

The 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 wild park full of fruit trees. A perfect hideaway!

Even though the property sits on a main road, the large rooms and enclosed garden at the back 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 the perfect place to stretch your legs and clear your mind.

The Garden View Room

Studio Faire, The Usher Hall

The Usher Hall

The Bureau, Studio Faire

The Bureau & Retro Bedroom

The Garage Studio & Cosy Bedroom

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, Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne. Photo Colin Usher

Château Henri IV de Nérac

The two bridges spanning the Baïse river, Nérac.