It is said that every important journey begins with a single step. In 2015, Zaya S. Younan, an American CEO of a real estate investment company and a busy entrepreneur, took his first step toward fulfilling a lifelong desire to preserve the culture and heritage of important historical sites in Europe.
A celebrated engineer by education and a passionate student of history by avocation, Mr. Younan was enthralled by the great castles of France. He came from a family of modest means, but always dreamed that he one day would experience the grandeur and tradition that these living monuments embody. Leveraging his considerable success in the United States, Mr. Younan saw an opportunity to preserve their beauty and historical significance, and offer them his business acumen gleaned from three decades of running global companies.
Upon the acquisition of Château du Petit Chêne, Mr. Younan decided to create a unique and distinct brand that pays homage to elegance and sophistication that royalty enjoyed throughout history, while embracing today’s the expression of luxury. He founded La Grande Maison Younan Collection to realize this vision.
With a passion to honor the tradition and craftsmanship to which these e ancient castles are a testament, Mr. Younan hired a French team of architects and designers to restore the properties by mixing centuries-old craftsmanship with 21st century sophistication. It is his desire that everyone may experience amenities that are standard bearers of this lifestyle – luxurious accommodations, beautiful surroundings, exquisite gastronomic food, and restorative spa experiences – under the guidance of attentive, personal service.
Today, there are five properties under the House of La Grande Maison Younan Collection — Château De Beauvois, Hôtel Saint Martin, Château Le Prieure, Château du Petit Chêne and Château de Germond. Above all, the Younan Collection strives to preserve the identity, character and style of these exceptional castles.
Mr. Younan is broadening his vision to redefine luxury in the 21st century. The Younan Collection will continue to expand to include select French vineyards, bespoke clothing, curated fine jewelry collections and luxury leather goods.
Everyone Deserves a Night in a Castle