The WordMill



Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, The WordMill offers space for writers to focus on their craft. It is a quiet oasis providing the opportunity to take a break from daily rigours in an environment with likeminded creatives. In order to foster a sense of peace and calm, The WordMill accepts three writers at a time for catered residencies. 

We encourage each Artist in Residence to stay for a complete calendar month. However, realizing that is not always an option we are happy to negotiate residencies of a shorter duration.


Now taking applications for May 2019



Each room is well appointed and wonderfully spacious, a private cocoon with a double bed and writing space.


Each floor has two bedrooms with a shared bath/shower room.


We provide a complete linen service once per week.



House Facilities


The house is beautifully spacious with large kitchen and dining areas,  a lounge/TV room (with a collection of English films at your disposal), writing room and 60ft garden.

Bed linen and towels are changed weekly. Laundry facilities available on-site.


WiFi is unlimited and available throughout the house.



The residency offers home-cooked meals and refreshments.  


A continental style breakfast and facilities for making tea and coffee as required.  


The evening meals are communal, an opportunity to relax and socialize.  Meals will be prepared by an in-house cook, sourcing local ingredients whenever possible.

Local Amenities


Axat village is a seven-minute walk from the WordMill house and has has all necessary shops for basic food, health and hygiene provisions; a mini-market, boulangerie/ patisserie, butchers, post office, tabac,  pharmacy as well as an ATM and 24/7 petrol station.


The outdoor swimming pool is open during the summer season and is a just three-minute walk from the WordMill house.


The local cinema plays the latest French films.


If you want to take an aperitif or eat out, there is a nearby bar overlooking the River Aude and other local restaurants.





Outdoor Adventures

The River Aude is the centre of outdoor fun with rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing canyoning on the River or rock climbing, caving and abseiling in the local mountains and gorges.

Outdoor Adventures

Just before the Spanish border, this gorgeous Mediterranean fishing village has crystal clear water for a paddle or swim and several coves to explore.  

Le Chateau de Quéribus


Perched high (679 metres) on a rocky ridge, the Chateau de Puilarens is accessed by a botanical trail.  This is a must for the stunning panoramic views over the plains of Roussillon.   



Five minutes from The WordMill starts a wonderful train ride through enchanting tunnels and its impressive viaducts.  Its provides breathtaking views of Axat, the Gorges St Georges, the River Aude and stops at historic Cathar sites such as Chateaux de Puilaurens, Fenouillèdes and Maury wine village.


Whether you want a gentle stroll around town, take more strenuous walks or hikes there are forest paths in the town and surrounding hills.

Good quality bikes are also available to hire within the village.

Carcassonne: The Medieval City

This impressive Medieval walled city was the inspiration for Kate Mosse's novel the Labyrinth, and the perfect backdrop for Ridley Scott's subsequent miniseries.


There is an abundance of Cathar history to take in with great craft shops and tasteful restaurants.





11140, Axat, France

How to get to the WordMill


The WordMill is in the village of Axat on the D118 road and is an hour's drive from both Carcassonne and Perpignan.


By Air

There are direct flights from many European cities with the closest airports being: 
• Carcassonne - Salvaza (CCF), (65km)
• Perpignan–Rivesaltes (PGF), (65km) and
• Toulouse Blagnac (TLS), which is the closest international airport (148km)

All of these airports have a variety of options for car rental.


By Train and Bus

There are a limited number of train and bus services from Carcassonne and Perpignan to the town of Axat, however the quickest route is by car.  


Please contact us for more details.  Airport collection and pick-up can be arranged for a fee.

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