HISTORY

 Mouzens is a small village located in the Tarn district, in the South West of France. 

From Toulouse airport it will take max 45 minutes drive to the castle. Nearby towns are Revel, Castres, Albi and Toulouse. 

Carcassonne is just over an hour away and there are a number of golf courses in the area.

A visit to the Pyrenees or the Mediterranean is about 2 hours drive.

 

People have lived in Mouzens from the Middle ages. During the Hundred Year War (1337-1453) a rampard was build to protect the village. A number of small houses provided shelter during dangerous times, althought they were not permanently occupied. 

Available records from 1605 use the word 'fort' for the first time, indicating existence of defensive structures. A defensive ditch existed on the North, East and west side of the 'fort', and a church was enclosed within the walls. Records show the family de Foucaud as local lords and owners. Research has also rendered the names of most other occupants and co-owners at the time. In 1637 de Foucaud bought out another large co-owner, and commenced construction of a more luxurious home. From 1685, the chateau bore the arms of the family. The coat of arms was sculptured into the South-wall gate, but unfortunately it was destroyed during the revolution of 1795.

The last lord of Mouzens was Augustin Therese de Quinquiry, who emigrated to England during the revolution. The chateau was sold to Pierre Antoine Prat from Castres, who changed it into a farm including stable, barns, storage, and a house.

Various owners held the chateau during a period of neglect until the Twardawa family from Nurnberg Germany bought it in 2003. At the time it was in a state of ruin, except one apartment in the courtyard which was still habitable. A long process of restauration started, which lasted until 2020. After restoring properties in Nurnberg and the nearby chateau Antal in Nogaret, Mr. Twardawa used his experience to rebuild the Chateau of Mouzens. He has been careful to respect the history of the chateau as much as possible, and to use original or period materials whereven possible.

In 2019 Anke and Hans Weber bought the Chateau Mouzens, with a view of turning it into a place to entertain family and guests while continuing the efforts of the Twardawa family as proud guardians of a piece of French history.

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