Since the Revolution. An interview of the current Duke.
“During the French Revolution, the castle is sold as state property to one Olivier, a land agent who proceeds to dismantle the property and sell its contents separately: chimneys, ornamentation, furniture and stonework. But as this proves unprofitable, he resells the duchy to four local families who let the premises out to a school.
At the Restoration, the duke of Uzès, who heads the compensation list, negotiates on what terms the property should be bought back. The new owners very decently agree to sell it back to him at cost price. The duke will have to wait for the school to move to new premises before he can reoccupy the duchy fifteen years later, in 1835.