Urania is a very spacious double room with a queen-size bed.
It’s the only room at the retreat, other than Calliope, that has a queen double instead of a full size double bed.
The room also has a decorative marble fireplace, two large windows overlooking the valley and a wooden ceiling à la française.
The room has its own hallway and exclusive use of a toilet in this hall. It shares the shower upstairs with one other room.
That’s Scottish writer Flora Halfhide above at her writing desk in Urania talking about her process and the world of her book on the walls of her room.
Retreat Room Rates
*Summer retreats are priced weekly.
As with all our rooms there is an additional 25% charge for couples.
We keep our rates as accessible as possible to be able to accept artists and writers at all stages in their careers.
We accept residents on a variety of “formulas.”
It’s possible to stay for several months, either on
- a paid retreat basis (click on the rooms above for rates).
- a partial barter (minimum four-week stay, 500 Euros per month).
- residencies and fellowships.
In regards to paid retreats we offer reductions for off season bookings, and for extended stays.
Extended-stay discounts even apply to July and August when booked 6 months in advance. These are amazing rates for summer accommodations in the south of France.
That’s 3 weeks for the price of 2.
That’s 2 weeks for free.
One-week stays are also possible in the shoulder and low seasons. We do not prorate for shorter stays.
Retreats begin and end on Tuesday.
Check-in: 6:00 PM.
Check out: 10:00 AM.
Transportation can be arranged to and from the retreat, with weekly trips to town for sightseeing and shopping.
Contact us with any questions.
Eldest of the muses, Urania, as with all the other muses at La Muse is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, her name coming from the Greek word for ‘heavenly’ or ‘of heaven.’
In Greek mythology she was the muse of astronomy and is usually shown with a globe in her hand, dressed in a cloak with stars, her eyes and attention focused on the Heavens. Indeed her name has been used to name countless astronomical observatories all around the world.
She is able to tell the future by how the stars are aligned and is often associated with the Holy Spirit, universal love, the heavens and philosophy.
There is a very interesting article here about a Urania Cottage for fallen women set up with the help of Charles Dickens. There’s also a book been written about it: Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women. Some of the inmates probably provided inspiration for some of the female characters in Dickens’ novels.
One of our residents, the writer and director Laurie Strickland, actually worked on a screenplay about this story in Urania.