The Pierres d’Histoires vocation
It was in Scotland, in the midst of wet moors and sheep running around free, on tiny path bordered by stones, that the idea of Pierres d’Histoire started in the mind of Dominique Imbert, the founder.
He had once taken a short holiday at The Old Place of Monreith, a typical Scottish laird’s house made of stones worn smooth with time. He had been invited by English friends, who had welcomed him in a simple and warm manner. In this landscape and in this house, time seemed suspended! Questions asked, he found out that the laird’s house had been restored and managed by the Landmark Trust.
In the United Kingdom, this organization raises funds to restore abandoned buildings, giving them a new lease of life as they are then rented out to holiday makers.
Passionate for all that is old, concerned about the future of our heritage and profoundly impressed by his experience in one of the Landmark Trust houses, Dominique Imbert decided to develop a similar concept in France. Pierres d’Histoire has the vocation of restoring abandoned historical houses, to give them a new life and to create a place of exception combining elegance, comfort and modernity.
The Pierres d’Histoire venture started in 2013 with the simultaneous restoration work of Le Hameau, of Le Parc de Courances, of Le Moulin de Pézenas in the south of France, and of the De Ravenoville Estate in Normandy. To date, sixteen houses have been saved, renovated and opened to guests.
Strengthened by his success and the exceptional support of his guests, Pierres d’Histoire continues its vocation in saving abandoned historical houses. To give back to them life and to turn them into exceptional and yet accessible places combining comfort, elegance and modernity.
We are the garantors of respecting the history of our houses. On each of our work sites historians, archeologists, specialized architects and traditional craftsmen work hand in hand to restore these historical sites without impairing them.
Thanks to detailed research and with the help of specialists, we are looking to reconstitute the history of these Houses. In each of them, a History Book is available, grouping together an important collection of documents concerning the history of the house and its region, as well as a detailed description of the restoration work.
SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIP
We are partners with the Historical Monument Foundation, created in 2008 and recognized as public utility in 2018, so as to support their actions for protection of historical classified monuments, both public and private.
With this in mind, for every stay in one of our houses, we donate 10€ to the Foundation. Staying in one of our houses, is to live in an exceptional place for a few days and help a cause too.
By making these past marvels relive, we are working for future generations. Fully conscious of the impact of our movements for the future, we have placed sustainable development high on our priorities.