Saturday, September 18, 2010

La Muse

La Muse is everything you could want in an artists' retreat: it's beautiful, romantic, serene, and comfortable, with gorgeous views, kilometers of forest trails, and a library you wish you could pack up and take home with you. 

The inn is an old stone manor house, parts of which date back to the twelfth century, which owners Kerry Eielson and John Fanning have lovingly restored and furnished. Each of the rooms is named after one of the classical Muses. I'm staying in Erato, named after the muse of lyric and love poetry--fitting for troubadour country.

The entrance to La Muse

Labastide-Esparbaïrenque is itself a magical place. Sweet figs drop from the trees, the streets are picturesque, narrow, and steep, and the church bell tolls the time every hour--twice.
View of the patio from the rooom

The streets of Labastide
All in all, this is the perfect space for creativity to blossom.

To read more about La Muse Inn, click here. To apply for a residency at La Muse, click here.


  1. What a wonderful place for my luggage to visit! Maybe I'll bring them back someday myself :)

  2. An excellent idea! I'll come with you (it's a heavy suitcase).