Conversion of the Domaine de Fontenille into a five-star Hotel
The transformation of the Domaine de Fontenille, an 18th-century Provençal bastide in the heart of a vineyard in the Luberon, into a luxury hotel with a wine cellar, tasting room and starred gourmet restaurant.
In Lauris, in the Luberon Regional Nature Park, Frédéric Biousse and Guillaume Foucher fell in love with an ancient bastide shaded by hundred-year-old cedars. They abandoned their original plans for a holiday home in Provence, deciding instead to create a hotel. The new owners entrusted the restoration work to Lafourcade Architecture, whose first idea was to separate the old cellar from the bastide and create a free-standing structure in the beautiful Luberon landscape. Alexandre Lafourcade radically restructured the bastide,
Simplicity and serenity are the watchwords of this protected place: to step into it is to step back in time.
The interconnecting reception rooms are decorated in a pared-back contemporary style. Several of the elegant and spacious bedrooms look onto the park. The gourmet restaurant showcases products from the hotel's vegetable garden. When the weather is fine, guests enjoy lunching on the terrace, from where they can admire the beautiful views of ancient ponds and hundred-year-old trees. The owners of the Domaine de Fontenille have rolled out their hotel concept in Marseille, Hossegor and Menorca, and they will soon add to their portfolio with a hotel in the Paris area.