FARMHOUSE CASTA NEA, charming
Castanea is the latin word for chestnut. Legend has it that Casta
Nea (Chaste Nea) was a beautiful Nymph courted by Jupiter who chose
her vertue rather than the God of Gods by killing herself. In homage,
Jupiter transformed her body into a chestnut tree, the thorny burs
standing reminder of her painful destiny.
Le Mas Casta Nea is a XVIth century Maison Forte where many legal
documents, traites, vidimus between lords and representants of
the kings of the times were signed.
The House belonged to the Conte d’Antraigues, but was seized
and burnt down at the Revolution. It wasn’t until the XVIII
th century that the Blou family restored it into the layout we
see now, and used it as the castle’s pigeon house.