New and exclusive for 2021.
Who else can say their wedding took over an entire hilltop village overlooking the Luberon, and that they’ve married on the site where intrepid Englishman and inventor Jeremy Fry hosted his most exclusive and personal parties?
Unlike ever before, the private hamlet of Le Grand Banc will now be open for exclusive weddings – owner Cosmo Fry is excited to share such a creative and romantic destination for a small number of incredible wedding weekends.
Previously featured in the likes of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, the ancient hamlet is situated in the heart of the Luberon region of Provence, commanding sumptuous views across an untamed landscape of silent scrubland, and unrelenting scenes of the Luberon National Park – not to mention, lavender fields.
Jeremy Fry, who rescued the cluster of hillside cottages and renovated it from ruin to riches, purchased it in 1963.
Loved-up couples will join the likes of Alexa Chung, Juno Temple, Mario Testino, and Jasper Conran in gracing the winding alleyways of Le Grand Banc and not only for a holiday, but for one of the biggest days of their life. This will include exclusive use of the whole property from Friday to Monday and accommodation for up to 24 guests.
Currently used as a private rental for select cycling holidays endorsed by Rapha and boutique yoga retreats, Le Grand Banc is offering an exceptional new wedding package for a number of exclusive dates each year – starting in 2021.
Integrating an elite wedding planning service with a venue steeped in history and style, Le Grand Banc weddings aim to offer something entirely different, achingly bohemian yet incredibly refined.
“When I first visited this venue I had chills,” explains Wedding Planner Josh Tully. “Every corner is so well considered and perfectly styled, and then there is the view.
The property remains in the family today and is owned by Jeremy’s son Cosmo and his wife Lulu Anderson, who have used their credentials as purveyors of the designer budget hotel chain The Big Sleep to continue injecting a love of style, design and form into the creative and captivating place. To this day, three generations of the same family have enjoyed countless private celebratory moments within the meandering pathways and art-adorned walls.
“One notable skill I learnt from running my own hotel chain was the importance of managing clients expectations,” says Cosmo. “Whether it was a two-star budget hotel in Cardiff or a private hamlet in Provence, it makes little difference. As long as the result exceeds people’s expectations, you are on to a winner and Le Grand Banc certainly does every time!”
It’s the people, the history and the stories that define Le Grand Banc and a wedding weekend here will be like no other – the luxury is in the heritage and the decades of secrets, laughter and decadence that seeps through the quaint cobbled streets. With charm in abundance, the hamlet is made up of eight houses, winding lanes and effortless, old school glamour in droves. Curated art, antiques and furniture from the sixties and seventies spill out of the boutique and bohemian spaces.
To see this dream vision through to reality, Le Grand Banc has partnered with renowned international wedding planners, Josh Tully Management, to provide the curation and full planning from start to finish. Founded in 2014, Josh Tully has been wedding planning for over 10 years. Well known for his work at Babington House, the country estate to the world- renowned Soho House, and for recently launching esteemed French wedding venue La Vue France, Josh and his team will be working wholly and creatively with every booking from concept to conclusion – including on the day management.
“When I first visited this venue I had chills,” explains Josh Tully. “Every corner is so well considered and perfectly styled, and then there is the view. I’ve been lucky enough to work with many fabulous venues but none with a view quite like this – it bought a tear to my eye. It feels exclusive yet genuine and honest, and I just can’t wait to share the space with our clients and start the creative process with the venue.”
Prices start from £26,000, with a minimum of 60 guests and a maximum of 90 within the party. This includes exclusive hire of the property for three nights, accommodation for 24 people in private houses within the Le Grand Banc hamlet and a bespoke wedding planning package including on-the-day management.