DO YOU REMEMBER this article about La Socelière, a 17th-century château in the Loire Valley that was purchased by an Italian couple and extensively renovated? Today, there is another such specular story, this time, about an Australian couple, who, in November of last year, purchased the Chateau de Gudanes, a 1700’s chateau in the tiny village of Chateau Verdun, in the south of France . . .

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

Located in Ariege, in a valley in the Midi Pyrenees between Les Cabannes and Chateau Verdun, the chateau, listed as a Class 1 Historic Monument, was designed by famed Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, known for his neoclassical architectural symmetry and the designer of Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde.

Australians Karina and Craig Waters purchased the chateau and its crumbling and faded grandeur, following two years of negotiation, and began restoring the 94 room home in November 2013, chronicling their adventures along the way, on their blog, Chateau de Gudanes.

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

A Renovation Diary : Chateau de Gudanes, South of France

{p.s.} more : châteaux de la loire // la socelière // château la durantie // a château in normandy


[all images from chateau de gudanes, discovered via quaintrelle]

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  • kristine holden said...

    I love this i purchased an old home and am currently reconstructing it. My father a retired homebuilder is still angry I bought it and refuses to lend a hand in the renovations, the only advise I’ve gotten from him is to take off my beautiful front door and burn the place down… He doesn’t understand why a single widow would purchase a home like this but it’s for the love of what it CAN BECOME… I’m 2 years in and still loving it. Thank for writing this blog can’t wait to follow you’re progress your home is magnificent!

  • Victoria Bethea said...

    Beautiful!

  • pAM said...

    lOVELY BLOG!!!

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