History of the sleeping beauty
History recalls this place as a farmhouse before Louis XV gave it to his treasurer, the “Baron Bonnier de la Mosson”. It was transformed in a residence of pleasure that offers the flower of the city under the old regime. The Folies were built in the countryside, in the middle of agricultural lands and vineyards. More recently, Bertrand Schmitt decided to open le Domaine de Biar to the public. It is now a place where we love and respect nature.
History with some dates
Domaine de Biar is mentioned for the first time under the name : Manso de Biars. The fertility of these lands is maintained by a regular contribution of silt contained in the rivers that allow rich land crops and quality breeding.
The young King Louis signed an act which authorized the sale of Biar by Charles Joachim-Colbert, Bishop of Montpellier and Maguelone. The Baron, Joseph Bonnier of Mosson, lover of arts and sciences, became the owner and began major construction works.
The Domaine belonged to the agronomist Henri Marès, who is known for his discovery of treatments for diseases that affected grape vines. Marès was also the owner of the elegant Château de l’Engarran, which is located very near Biar.
Henri Marès dreamt of offering Domaine de Biar to his daughter Henriette to whom he dreamt of offering this beautiful place surrounded by an abundant natural setting. Unfortunately, he did not have time to finish his work and the property fell into oblivion and suffered the ravages of time.
Bertrand Schmitt fell in love with this place when he entered its castle. Going from room to room, venturing into the outbuildings, strolling into the abandoned park. The restoration work and development were done with the respect of the environment in mind. It now welcomes lovers of serenity, authenticity and harmony.
More recently, Bertrand Schmitt opened le Domaine de Biar to the public. It is a place where people love and respect nature. In fact, restaurant, rooms, events, equicoaching are services offered to the guests follwing a sustainable policy.
Domaine de Biar has rediscovered its original activity through breeding and training horses, in the true tradition of the Camargue. In fact, the Domaine owns about 25 horses that live permanently on the property. The Domaine also hosts a herd of bulls and cattle to graze on the vast prairies of Biar, rich due to their proximity to the water of the Mosson.