At the heart of the History

« A house is more than just the addition of the stones that structures it ; it is also  the mysterious spirit that inhabits it ”

 “It is the density of time that constitutes a place” 

François-Xavier Bellamy

La Marcotte, la Poterne, Le Moulin … all our houses have souls and are brimmed with history.

Sometimes abandoned for years, a certain amount of  enthusiasm has been needed to rebuild these masterpieces of the French patrimony. Here, Pierres d’Histoire recounts the origins of the houses, the marking events that took place, the people that have lived in it, and the  restoration campaigns. In short, all the elements that make each of these structures unique in their being.

 

Le Moulin de Pezenas

 

In an authentic hamlet set in the South of France, between Montpellier and Béziers, under the shade of several hundred year old plane trees, sits Le Moulin de Pézenas. It is one of the last historical mills of the Hérault. It originates from the 12th century and it remained in use as late as 1918. It was completely renovated between 2014 and 2016, becoming an ideal retreat in the midst of an exceptionally well preserved countryside.

Le Domaine de Ravenoville

 

Originally the Ravenoville Estate was a rural estate, enriched in the 18thcentury by the building of an eponym castle, ordered by a certain Monsieur Louis Berryer, superintendent of finances and close to Colbert.

Le Hameau de Courances

Although the outbuildings of Château de Courances were, until World War II, the cradle of a dynamic economic activity between the Château and the village, it is important to remember that this activity was unfortunately interrupted for nearly half a century.

La Marcotte

 

L’histoire commence en 1924, lorsqu’un petit garçon issu de l’ancienne noblesse russe se rend en France, suite à l’exil de sa famille qui fuit la Révolution. Il arrive dans le village de Fleury-en-Bière où il fera la connaissance d’une jeune femme française qu’il épousera des années plus tard.

La Poterne du Château de Fleury-en-Bière

Although the outbuildings of Château de Courances were, until World War II, the cradle of a dynamic economic activity between the Château and the village, it is important to remember that this activity was unfortunately interrupted for nearly half a century.