« It is in Scotland, in the middle of the wet moorland and sheep in the wild, on a tiny stone-lined path, that the idea of Stone of History germinates in the spirit of its founder, Dominique Imbert. »
Staying in a house, in an exceptional place filled with history
In the park of an emblematic site or on the beaches of Normandy, at the edge of a river or in an English park, Pierres d’Histoire makes no compromise whatsoever in the quality of its approach, offering its guests a privileged setting for an exceptional experience.
Full of history, sometimes witness to a life full of splendors or of hard labor, keeping probably some deep secrets, our houses are always places that seem suspended in both elegant and tranquile.
Manors, mills, dovecots, orange groves, stables, archways, craziness ….
Thanks to the backing of passionate owners and the savoir faire of dedicated craftsmen, these witnesses of the past are rehabilitated. They become places of modern living with a setting for a truly exceptional experience and yet keep their character.
With the wish of respecting both History and savoir-faire, all our houses are rehabilitated with high-quality materials and architectural elements of their times. Furniture is chosen carefully and the interior decoration is a harmonious mix of traditional and modernity. And because it is often the little things that make an experience unique and memorable, Pierres d’Histoire thinks of every detail: pretty plates for dinner, a fireplace ready to be lit during those cold evenings, an ideal library or board games for you to relax with.
Available in each place, the house manager is our first ambassador and a guarantee of a flawless welcome. Careful, attentive to the well-being of her guests and the smooth running of the stay, she welcomes our guests upon their arrival, shows them the house and is attentive to their needs all through their stay.
To make the stay even easier and more pleasant, we offer you a variety of services, to be chosen at your pleasure : breakfast served to your room, prepared meals delivered to the house, private chauffeur, well-being center*
*available in a certain number of houses
The castle today
It was in Scotland, in the midst of wet moors and sheep running around free, on a tiny path bordered by stones, that the idea of Pierres d’Histoire started in the mind of Dominique Imbert, the founder.
At the time, invited by English friends, he made a short stay at Old Place of Monreith, a small country squire manor with old stones, worn smooth over the centuries where he was warmly welcomed within in a simple and authentic way. In this countryside and in this house, time seemed suspended! Questions asked, he found out that the manor had been saved and managed by the Landmark Trust.
In the United Kingdom, this organization raises funds to restore abandoned buildings so as to give them a new vocation by renting them out to vacationers.
A real fan of old stones, worried about the future of our heritage and profoundly impressed by his experience in one of the houses of Landmark Trust, Dominique Imbert decided to elaborate the idea in France.
The Pierres d’Histoire venture starts in 2013 with the simultaneous salvage work of the Hameau , of the Parc of Courances, of the Moulin of 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.
Photo credit : Eric Sander