La Bastide des Lavandieres , Route de Lezan , Canaules 30350 , France Tel: +33 466 931 038 (France) /+353 87 2228602 (Ireland)
For over a century & a half La Bastide des Lavandieres has been a prominent feature in the small village of Canaules . Originaly constructed in 1850 it has had a few different & diverse existenses during the intervening years . At various times during the 160 years or so it has been here the building has served the village as both a small hotel , a cafe & during the 50's & 60's - a chique French nightclub . Canaules is now a quiet village but during this period it was actually known as "The Saint-Tropez of the Cevennes" Among some of the high profile personalities who performed there was the French Elvis - Johnny Hallyday . He may not be widely known in Ireland or the UK but he has had a 48 year career in music & he is still one of France's biggest stars having performed in front of 15 million people & sold 100 million records - 18 of which were platinum albums . Other famous French singers performed in Canaules also including Jacques Brel , Francoise Hardy & Charles Aznavour .
Parts of the current Apartments 1 & 2 were where the nightclub would have have been located in the building . You can actually see from some of the photo's below the bright paintwork & mirrors that would have been in use at this time .
If you can speak / read French & you'd like to learn about more about the Bastide & the history of Canaules then you should purchase a book called L'Olympia des Cevennes by Pierre-Albert Clement published in July 2008. It is a memoir of the village concentrating especially on the 50's & 60's when the big French performers all appeared here .
Work on converting the Bastide into the 7 luxury apartments that are there today began in early 2007 & was completed in mid 2008 . Because of the age of the building a lot of renovation work was required in order to retain the character of such a beautiful 19th century building . Below you will find a history in photo's of the entire building & renovation project . Just click on the 1st photo in each sequence & then move your mouse to the right & click next to view all subsequent photo's
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