“When I imagine my life in a few years’ time, I can see myself in charge of the hotel ‘Relais & Châteaux’ in the south of France. In this luxury home full of attentive staff, I’ll welcome all the people who mattered in my life. An oasis of calm disconnected from the world of television.”
French TV producer Gérard Louvin spoke of this prediction in his book ‘Show Devant’, published in 2004.
Who would have thought that, eight years later in 2012, Louvin would become the happy owner of this ‘luxury home in the south’ – which is today owned by the E4 Group?
The place? ‘Le Mas de la Fouque’.
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Discovering this spot will take you on an adventure across several hundred metres of off-road pathways through Camargue, passing by many rare white Camarguaises homes.
After certainly having asked yourself if you’re heading in the right direction, the response will be right there in front of you.
There it is: a huge, typical white Provencal house. It’s surrounded by natural greenery and a pond in which a small boat drifts around, moored to a pontoon which is also painted white.
A natural setting, worthy of being a movie set.
At home at the Mas de la Fouque
What we love about this place is that, on the one hand, its entirely unique, and on the other hand, you feel right at home here straight away. Welcomed warmly by the all-smiles team, you’ll feel like you’re at a friend’s place the moment you step in the door.
Whether you’re trying a homemade cocktail by the pool, sat comfortably in a Chesterfield reading a book that you picked up from the library, or playing a game of table football in the vintage-style living room – the warm atmosphere will always be with you.
Mas de la Fouque recognises the privileged place they have at the heart of nature and has decided to commit themselves to protecting the environment.
A place open to nature
The four star hotel is located right in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional de la Camargue, encouraging its guests to connect with nature.
From bohemian-chic trailers whose wood honours the manades, through to the bedrooms with a view on the lake, you will discover an extraordinary fauna during your stay; one which the hotel makes particular effort to preserve.
You can also enjoy the wild duck races on the pond, the Camarguais horses wandering in the park, and you might even get the chance to get out the flamingos gathering.
And if he’s having a good day, you can even chat with Marius – the hotel’s mascot!
This beautiful blue and yellow parrot freely welcomes the clients, and even comes to have breakfast with them. He’s a very endearing mascot, believe me!
You can also take a walk among the reeds (don’t worry – a path has been cleared out for you), and admire a panoramic view of Camargue and the town Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer from a wooden observatory.
The new owners are very aware of the opportunity to be able to develop in such an area. So, day after day, they come together to minimise the carbon footprint of their property as much as possible, following an approach which respects both quality and responsibility.
Le Mas de la Fouque: more than just a hotel
Eager to share the Camargue culture, the establishment chose not to be limited to being just a hotel.
They also run a restaurant which is open to all the public in the afternoon and evenings: ‘La table de Marius’.
This intimate restaurant showcases local producers and takes you even further in the discovery of Camarguaises gems. A duo of local singers perform Camarguaise music, accompanied by their guitars.
The hotel is always alive with the desire to help you discover this beautiful region. They offer typical activities:
More than 10 years after Gérard Louvin wrote the words, le Mas de la Fouque continues to incarnate his original desire, showing off the beautiful Camargue in a luxurious setting cut off from the rest of the world, and filled with attentive staff.
Simply: a real oasis of peace! See you there…
Have you ever visited the beautiful Mas de la Fouque? Which activity tempts you the most? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
All images via Le Mas de la Fouque