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Since 1666

1666

Pierre Rouanet, priest and canon constructs a two-story house in this location with covered courtyard and garden. The street is named rue Cornamel, later rue Courlanel, now rue Maréchal Clauzel.

1742

Dominique Malroc buys the house. Seigneur of Lafage, Aude, and heir to a 17th century fortune, he is further enriched by trading iron extracted from Rancié mines. Malroc builds the impressive townhouse we see today. Malroc’s immediate neighbor is Paul Rives, a well-known Mirepoix merchant.

1781

Dominique’s son, Guillaume, judge of Lauragais district and councillor in the Cour des Aides of Montpellier, is named First Consul, then Mayor of Mirepoix, 1791-92. Guillaume escapes the guillotine in a harrowing cart-ride to Paris.

1800

Guillaume Malroc dies. His sister, Marianne Malroc, lives in the house with two bakers, Jean Baptiste Guilhamat and Jean Cammas and their families. Marianne is the last Malroc to live in the house.

1804

Jean Cammas’ son, Jean François, also a baker, inhabits the house.

1827

Paul Rolland, a bourgeois from Puivert, Aude, wealthy manufacturer of combs, buys the house and marries Marie Combes, daughter of a locksmith.

1940

After diverse owners and declining fortunes, the house is bought by a paper mill industrialist from Saint Girons, as a shelter for Belgian refugees.

2003

Rogier van den Biggelaar buys the private house from Madame Tort and converts it into a hotel and restaurant, the Relais Royal.

2017

The building is bought by Benedict and Janice Schwegler, Shiao Fong Yin and Marion Sherman. The hotel/restaurant re-opens as Relais de Mirepoix, managed by Karl and Emma Lashford.

2021

After a period of closure during the Crise Sanitaire, the hotel/restaurant re-opens as the Relais Mira Peis, a center of sustainable tourism and gastronomy emphasizing local products.


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