In the years after World War II, France thrives, resulting in a growing upper middle class, increasing tourism and new standards for all things leisure. With this evolution in mind, Marc and Louise Berc, a young couple with a love for the hospitality business develops the idea of a new type of hotel; one that combines a premium getaway with a gourmet restaurant, yacht club and a hunter’s hub. When they find a 12-acre stretch of land at the gate to the Camargue in the early 1960s, they know exactly what they want to do with it. Located right next to the popular Route National 572, connecting Arles and Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, the site isn’t only spacious, it’s also flat and wooded, almost like an oasis in a landscape that resembles a Californian desert at times. Ideal for a big American-style sign on the road that tells you your well-deserved break is coming up shortly.
When Marc and Louise meet Armand Pellier – an architect with a background in sculpting, decoration, and scenography – they meet someone that understands their vision, with a strong willingness to make this unique project work. Hotel Les Cabanettes quickly turns into a success and a much-loved stop for travelers on the way to or back from Spain and Italy. A perfect place to pause, offering modernity and luxury in a picturesque setting. The hotel stays in the Berc family until Suzette, Marc and Louise’s daughter, decides to retire in the summer of 2019, selling the place to New York transplants Gaelle and Aaron, who bring their young daughters with them. The American couple find out about the hotel through an agent and fall in love with it as soon as they see pictures. “We love the unique architecture of course, but also the audacity of the original owners, having built such an atypical, modernist building in the middle of herds of bulls and horses”, they say, and it’s easy to see why.