Castles_and_Palaces (CnP): First of all, could you please tell me a few words about your family.
Xavier de Montbron (XM): I'm Xavier de Montbron, uncle of Marie-Sophie Rouchon, and co-owner of Puymartin castle with her mother (my sister) Bernadette Rouchon.
CnP: The chateau has been in the ownership of your family for some 500 years - you inherited the castle in 2003 – what was its state?
XM: You are absolutely right. My family has owned Puymartin since 1450. The chateau was never sold during those five centuries. At first our ancestors were military people but later on they became farmers or rather gentlemen farmers! It was my great grandfather Le Marquis Marc de Carbonnier de Marzac who made major restorations in the late 19th century, between 1890 and 1900. The man had only one daughter, my grandmother Marie Thérése (she was born in 1900) who married my grandfather Jacques de Montbron in 1920. They had four children of whom my father was the last. His name was Henri and he was born in 1934. My father inherited the castle in 1983 after the death of his mother. As for me and my sister both of us inherited the castle in 2003