Bournazel, the time of rebirth

REPORTAGE – It was a monument in peril, asleep in the Aveyron countryside … At the end of a restoration carried out with beating pace, Gérald and Martine Harlin gave it back the magnificence that was its own in the 16th century.e century.

Sleeping in oblivion, the castle of Bournazel, an unknown jewel of the Renaissance, could never have woken up from the bad dream which seemed to lead it, slowly but surely, towards ruin. Abandoned following its sacking during the French Revolution, partially leveled (eastern facade) in the 19th centurye then transformed after the war into a convalescent home for the miners of the coal mines of Decazeville, the old residence built between 1540 and 1560 by Jean Ier de Buisson, from a family of Rouergats and Toulouse bankers, has continued over the years. and the centuries passing, to lose its splendor.

Until 2007, Gérald Harlin, Deputy CEO and CFO of the Axa group (world leader in insurance), bought it and decided, with his wife, Martine, to restore it to its splendor. For this, they have been leading for fourteen years one of the most ambitious private restoration projects in France including the Grand Trophée Dassault Histoire et Patrimoine, which

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