Of course back then in those heady days, we had no appreciation for the size of the renovation project or of managing such a project in rural France whilst still running the business in Dubai. But we held on tightly to our vision and our dream (I’m not going to deny there were times when we thought it was a nightmare!)
We were looking for at least 10 en-suite bedrooms and the former Lunel only had 3! However, there was an amazing stable block and a striking old barn complete with a traditional stone trough and a tractor from the 1960s (not called Neil!).
We now offer 10 spacious en-suite bedrooms catering for up to 20 guests. Each of our spacious bedrooms have been thoughtfully designed and wherever possible we have sourced the materials from small businesses and local artisans… quite literally from all four corners of the world. Our bedroom furniture was designed and made in Dubai, our lights were custom-made in Marrakesh and our Turkish pool towels from the Grand Bazaar in Instanbul… and not forgetting all of our local artisans and local brocantes!
The barn has been completely remodeled and transformed to now offer an 120m² multi-purpose studio with French oak floor and ambient lighting – which creates a magical effect against the old stone walls.
The former tractor and animal food store is now our communal dining room complete with professional kitchen. We have installed a new swimming pool and built a large- covered terrace… complete with outdoor kitchen, lounge area and cinema wall.
Here we are four years later and we continue to love Lunel more and more… it’s home and as has always been our dream, we just want to share this very special place with others.
More than that whilst guests are here we want to share with them a little of our wellbeing journey and help others to regain balance.