It is in 1982 that the adventure begins with the creation of the first 4 rooms and tables d'hôtes located on the ground floor of the family house (built in 1971) and the realization of the first swimming pool. Breakfasts were served on the terrace in front of the hotel's current reception and meals were served on certain evenings.
The adventure continued in 1984 when the construction of the first gîtes and the second swimming pool began. Gîtes which were initially built on the ruins of a family home. Ruins because indeed, this very old village building could hardly stand upright. The first rentals are called "L'Oustau de Jeannette" (N°11), "L'Oustau de Enrique" (N°10), "Les Papillons" (N°6), "Lou Recantoun" (N°7), La Voûte (N°9) & "La Capitelle" (N°8).
Another part is built in a second time, that of the building "des herbes" which is located in front of the swimming pool reserved for adults today. And which will include 3 gîtes, "La Pergola" (N°5), "Les Romarins" (N°4) & "Les Lavandes" (N°3).
In the winter of 1989 the second floor of the "Herb" building was built. With 3 new gîtes "Les Genêts" (N°14), "Les Saladelles" (N°12) & "La Marjolaine" (N°13).
The photo above shows the swimming pool which was the one dedicated to rentals in 1989 and accessible to everyone! Today it is the one reserved for adults.
It was also in 1989 that the first acquisition will be made to expand the estate. It was the neighbours' house which will remain as it was over the years and will be able to accommodate large families, up to 10 people. We will call it "L'Oustau de Sylvia" from the name of the former owner. A really beautiful old-style village house made of exposed stones. Above all, this house benefited from a large garden which was the perfect link between our house and the gîtes part. And which allowed the following year to build the large swimming pool + the garage.
The idea of making hotel rooms in addition to bed and breakfasts had gained ground. A second acquisition was made to realise this idea with the purchase of a house adjoining the gîtes part of the property, also in 1989. This made it possible to perfectly interlock the different parts. The hotel adventure was about to begin...
The photo above was taken after the creation of the first rooms in 1992.
In 1991, there were 12 gîtes + the 4 guest rooms. A total of 16 lodgings. The swimming pool at the entrance of the hotel and the one in front of the gîtes are not enough. It was then decided to build the large swimming pool, its paddling pool, the beaches and the large garage under the pools. Titanic works! This realization will ultimately "connect" the part of our house with the part of the gîtes.
(the photo above shows the large swimming pool shortly after its construction)
It was during the period 1991/1992 that the first 7 rooms of the hotel were built. We will name them "Pink", "Paprika", "Blue" (pictured above), "Lavender", "Mimosa", "Honey" & "Almond". Each one being decorated and personalized in connection with its name. These were our first accommodations without kitchenette and classified by the Prefecture as 3 stars.
The restaurant will be inaugurated in May 1992 and will finally welcome its first customers. For your information, the restaurant has always been open to outside customers and had its heyday with many local figures (politicians and others) who came to discover our cuisine.
In 2001, the large rental "L'Oustau de Enrique" (N°10) which was a large holiday home accommodating up to 8 people was completely renovated during the winter of 2001. We decided to make it into 2 rooms called "Prestige". The downstairs room, which was a kitchen, was transformed into the Prestige Room "L'Olivier". The upstairs room which was a kitchen was transformed into the Prestige Room "L'Olivier". The upstairs room which had 2 bedrooms became the Prestige Room "Enrique".
It was during the winter of 2003 that apartments N°3 "Les Lavandes" & N°4 "Les Romarins" were transformed into 2 top-of-the-range rooms, namely "Orchidée" & "Romantica". 2 very beautiful twin rooms located in front of the adult pool (photo of the "Orchid" room above).
It was, during the winter of 2006, the first very big transformation in our history. This large village house, bought in 1989, was completely renovated. The first floor, which included a bedroom, a living room and a kitchen, gave way to the new bedrooms "Lilas" and "Amarilys". The 2 bedrooms on the second floor were completely renovated. It is now the Suite "Sylvia" (photo above).
This old house, even completely renovated, still keeps the possibility to be reserved in its entirety thanks to a staircase. Very practical for large families.
The "Sunflower" Room is one of those accommodations that have known many lives! It was a gîte initially named "Les Papillons" built in 1984.
In 1994 this gîte was then transformed and renovated into a hotel room and became "Tournesol". A room which, with a name like this, was very colourful with many references to the famous flower (photo above).
In 2007, the room underwent a new renovation, more modern and cubic. Even though the sunflowers have disappeared, the room still has the same name.
The pandemic has left many traces with several months of closure and a great personal drama. We have decided to continue the adventure and this winter of 2021/2022 will see new projects being carried out. They are already underway with the reconstruction of the "Amande" Suite, the total renovation of 3 of our 4 swimming pools and the installation of 2 bioclimatic pergolas on the restaurant terrace.
The story continues...