Descendants of previous owner Mr. Bouyssi told us that Le Barry (the barrier) was built on the city wall in the 17thcentury by the Duke of Gascogne, and used as garrison for his officers. The cast-iron plate in the old fireplace in the main reception room of the house is said to be the cote of armor of the Duke.
During the years 1940-70, Le Barry was the summer residence for the French prefect of Morocco, Monsieur Raymond Bouyssi and his family, who came to stay every summer with their cooks, maids and chauffeur. He became a popular resident in Montpezat and still some of his relatives live in the village.
Mr. Boyussi had this aerial photo taken of his mansion, quite unusual at that time. The woman leaning out the living room window is his wife. Mr. Boyussi was a very literary person and people from the village came to borrow books written by famous French philosophers.
Thereafter a British-German couple Francis and Lothar owned and managed Le Barry for fifteen years as a charming Bed & Breakfast place (Chambres d’Hotes) – renting out the five guest rooms for tourists and travellers.
In 2007 Hans Peter Hviid and his family from Denmark took over the house, restored it with respect for historic details, and now use it for family, friends and business meetings.