Passionate about old stones and heritage, and after a professional career in France and abroad, our ambition was to use our skills, energy and courage to save a historical heritage to restore and share it with the public by creating a place for visits, culture and exchange.
Living in Paris, we wanted a change of life and a change of climate. Provence quickly became the obvious choice.
After visiting many places, we came across the Castle of Thezan during the winter of 2015.
The magic happened right away and we were captivated by the charm of the place. The marvel, the beauty, the architectural and decorative quality of the historic rooms literally caught our attention.
The garden, although abandoned, suggested a world evoking the elegance and romanticism of the Belle Epoque.
After much reflection, professional changes, and no doubt a helping hand from destiny and most certainly blindness to the magnitude of the project, we were finally able to acquire the château in 2019. The responsibility of reviving this jewel of Provençal and Contadin heritage, which had unfortunately suffered years of neglect, imposed itself on us.
Faced with the urgency, a complete diagnosis established by the RL&A Cabinet, Heritage Architects, with the help of the DRAC (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs), has enabled us to phase the necessary work.
The most urgent of these, namely the restoration of the leaking and ruinous roof, was undertaken subsequently and is still in progress. The site is particularly extensive, with almost 1000 m2 of tiles.
At the same time, the park has been cleaned, cleared of undergrowth and pruned to restore some of its splendour.
It is through its shaded alleys, punctuated with water beds, vestiges of the French garden, that we are pleased to invite you.
The place is ideal for strolling and daydreaming under the foliage of the age-old trees.
We propose a thematic tour which will allow you to discover the holiday resorts of the nobility of the time, and more recently, of the curists who come to enjoy the freshness of this natural setting.
As time did not stop in the 19th century, we also wish to continue its evolution and its history to anchor them in the present.
This approach is inaugurated by offering you the possibility of discovering a dozen monumental works by our neighbour from Venasque, the sculptor Etienne Viard.
Later, once the administrative and regulatory constraints have been met, we look forward to showing you the interior of the Château and its historic rooms.
In the meantime, enjoy your visit!
Pierre de Beytia & Emmanuel Renoux