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From 1958 to the modern day – La Tournerie Hotel, Menton

From 1958 to the modern day – La Tournerie Hotel, Menton

From 1958 to the modern day:

III – The CERNUSCHI–CORBETTA property, from 10 April 1958 to October 2015

Named after its founder, the Roger Latournerie Holiday Resort, located on the Corniche des Serres de la Madone in Menton, was without question an emblematic creation of the post-war mining social security scheme. It was borne of the unrelenting determination of the man whose name it bears and who was President of the Executive Board of the National Independent Social Security Regime for Miners (CANSSM) from 1947 to 1970. The estate’s current layout was developed by Latournerie, whose plan was inspired by the following sentiment: “When I created this resort, I had in mind the secret dreams of miners who spend half their lives underground.”

The CANSSM purchased the estate on 10 April 1958 to build its holiday resort. At the time, the site had several old buildings that were not suited to its future use. Among them was the Tower, which once served as an observatory for the Cernuschi and Corbetta families, the Villa du Vallon-Campanin, the Villetta and the Cairou, set in the heart of a centenary olive grove.

Propriété de canssm menton

The first stone was laid on 24 October 1969. Building work was completed in 1973 and the inauguration of the resort in its current form took place on 29 May 1974, in the presence of Latournerie.

The largest share of the work was the construction of new buildings, including:

  • A group of Provençale-style cottages, one or two stories high, north of the Tower. This was known as the Côte d’Azur Village.
  • A group of modern, single-storey studios located at the edge of the plateau, overlooking the winding road, named the Mediterranean Village.
  • A four-storey apartment building named Les Océans, now the modern-day Hotel La Tournerie
  • A central building with three floors including the reception area (reception desk, bar, cafeteria, function room used mainly for entertainment events), the restaurant and kitchens area and a leisure area for guests with a sun terrace.
  • A leisure and relaxation area with a 25-metre swimming pool and other pools with changing area and showers, a bar and other facilities (volleyball court, pétanque pitch)

A car-park is located at the entrance to the property.

  • un parking est aménagé à l’entrée de la propriété

Centre de vacances roger la tournerie

In the early 1980s, a 5-acre plot at the south-west of the property was sold. It had been left vacant with plans to develop a camping area, but the project was abandoned. The property was then reduced to 80,711 square metres.

In 1994, before a planned closure for 18 months of renovations, the resort was visited by more than 10,000 holidaymakers.

Major renovations were undertaken for a year and a half to create more luxurious bedrooms, bring the current hotel building (Les Océans) up to fire safety norms, and install access throughout the facilities – particularly the restaurant – for persons with reduced mobility. The resort reopened to members on 22 June 1996. An official ceremony took place on 9 October 1996.

In 1999, the Cuisine d’Eté (summer kitchen) was built overlooking the swimming pool,the site of the Restaurant du Cap Martin today.

The swimming pool was brought up to norms in 2003–04, with the surprise discovery of a water source beneath the pool.

In 2011, miner’s social security was reformed. This was followed by the decision, confirmed in 2013, to transfer the regime’s holiday policy to the national agency for the rights of miners (ANGDM), resulting in the sale of the property. It was re-opened in July 2016 to holidaymakers from around the world!