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The history


From the 15th century, the Lordship of Banizette was already well organized, seat of a fief where justice, as evidenced by a judgment of 1474, was rendered on the spot by its castellor Guillaume Coutellier , bachelor in laws, in the presence of the Lords of the place Gabriel and Anthoine de Ribeires.

A few years later, Jean Anthoine de Bonneval, squire, Lord of Montvert, Lord of Banizette, married to Catherine Gabrielle de Lestrange has no children and divests all of his assets in favor of a nephew of his wife, Guy de Lestrange shortly after his marriage to Catherine de la Roche in 1516.


Guy de Lestrange , Knight, Lord of Durat and Mareuges is thus also Lord of Montvert, Magnac and Banizette, is a Gentleman of the House of Louis XII, then of François Ier. At the beginning of the XVIIth century, Léonard Rousseau , royal notary, Lord of the Age, holder of the Lordship, will leave it to his daughter Jeanne, wife of Pierre de Miomandre de Laubard . The latter, squire of King Louis XIII received his letters of nobility in 1638 and in the service of which he died in 1641. For a century, the De Miomandre family will print his mark on Banizette. The four sons of the last De Miomandre: Joseph de Miomandre d'Espies, Lord of Banizette, who, by his marriage, became Marquis de Châteauneuf La Fôret, were part of the King Louis XVI's bodyguard squadron. One of them was very seriously injured when he saved Queen Marie-Antoinette during the night of riots from October 5 to 6, 1789 at the Palace of Versailles.
In recognition, Louis XVI made him Knight of the Order of Saint Louis by handing him the Cross of the Order himself. Driven out by the Revolution, the survivors of this branch of the De Miomandre emigrated to Belgium where their descendants still remain.


In 1776, a bourgeois from the village of Felletin, Joseph Tixier-Dubreuil bought the Lordship, which saved the Estate from suffering from the Revolution. After changing hands several times during the 19th century, Banizette was bought in 1901 by a lawyer at the Paris Bar Victor Barbin , who retired there. The estate remained for almost a century in the same family.


Today, a Creuse family who fell in love with Banizette has become the owner of the premises and guardian of this architectural heritage.



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