Barbirey is an old land dating back to the Middle Ages. But its history really began with the famous banker Jean Paris de Monmartel, who owned Barbirey in the 18th century. He was 75: gossip said he was the richest man in France after king Louis XV!
A fortune made thanks to his relentless work… his only son, the marquis de Brunoy, wasted this heritage in a few years only! This one raised the current castle. Hey… Do you know the marquis was a pretty weird chap? Completely nuts? Let’s see that!
He was born Armand-Louis-Joseph Paris de Montmartel, but people called him marquis de Brunoy, from a land he owned near Paris. He was always sloppy and filthy, without a hat on his head.
His pants had holes and his clothes were dirty, until he was forced to burn it! He was happy, and liked to drink a glass with his friends, and even with peasants working on his estates.
But he also had whims. Some weird things in his mind! For instance, when a baptism took place on his lands, his turned up and became the kids’ godfather. So, we had plenty of Armande and Armand in the area!
But he decided to re-decorate the church of Brunoy, and to pay all the religious celebrations. Because the marquis was fond of religious stuffs. Especially burials! He never missed a funeral and even helped to carry the coffin!
In 1766, his dad died. So, the marquis transformed all the village of Brunoy. He painted everything in black: the church, the houses... he put black veils on trees, on statues… ″He threw black ink in the ponds and in the river. Horses, cows and hens were painted in black. And the marquis even gave to his horses a mixture to blacken their urine...″
The nice gardens of Barbirey were landscaped in the 19th century. Vegetables plot and orchard, ponds, meadows and little woods are waiting for you...