Saint-Pons-de-Thomières et le Pays Saint-Ponais
Histoire et patrimoine de l'ouest du département de l'Hérault

Pardailhan Castle

Pardailhan Castle was built around 1660 by the Brugairoux family, lords of Pardailhan (the old feudal castle in Pardailho has been in ruins since the early 16th century). A vast rural mansion-house, with two towers, surrounded by commons, the castle symbolizes the power of the Lord.
For over two centuries it has been the centre of a vast land area of several hundred hectares.

château de Pardailhan

Heavily modified in the 18th century, the castle was successively owned by the noble families de Portes de Pardailhan followed by de Treil de Pardailhan.

During and after the Revolution, the Pardailhan estate remained the property of Treil de Pardailhan familly. The place is marked by the personality of the last Lord Thomas de Treil de Pardailhan, deputy of Paris from 1791-92, who was positive towards the ideas for change in 1789.


Pardailhan, 1825 (by Baroness Charlotte Pardailhan)

In 1829 the estate was sold to a banker named André Tissié-Sarrus, who expanded the fields and agricultural land which comprised of almost 700 hectares at its peak in 1860. Around 1880, Pardailhan land was sold in lots.
For 25 years the castle and wood belonged to Gaston Gautier, a famous botanist from Narbonne who planted the park we see today.
Between 1908 and 1926 the Beaulieu Mazauric family, descendants of the Treil de Pardailhan family, owned the castle and woods.


The castle, circa 1930, at the time of the Roque family

In the early seventies, utterly abandoned, the castle was almost completely looted and destroyed.
Since 1982, the building has been completely restored and in 2008, for the first year, the west wing was available to rent as a self-catering flat.

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