The family is ruined. The Comte de Saint Saveur squanders his fortune on parties and gambling, then commits suicide. The land, cars and furniture are sold at auction. Abandoned, the house decays.But in 1894 a daughter of the family, Antoinette Rafelis-Saint-Sauveur, married wealthy ironmaster Eugene Schneider. Taking their honeymoon in Apremont sur Allier, they decided to rebuild the chateau and make it their home.
Between the two wars, Eugène Schneider, ironmaster of Le Creusot, helped by the architect M. de Galéa, undertakes a heavy renovation project in order to valorise the village: What is not in harmony with the site is demolished and replaced by houses built in regional middle ages style.So the town became a sort of French Colonial Williamsburg.