Chateau de Gudanes Part 1

Decaying stone staircase in French Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Chateau de Gudanes is a breathtaking chateau in the charming

village of Chateau-Verdun and has graced the south of
France since the mid 1700’s. Find Part 2 here.

The Chateau is classified a Class 1 Historic Monument,
designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel,
famous for neoclassical, architectural symmetry
(including the Le Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde).

In 2013, Chateau de Gudanes was purchased by an Australian family who have devoted themselves to awakening
a neglected home they refer to as sleeping beauty. 

Just listen to how owners Craig and Karina Waters
describe their mission in restoring the Chateau:

“Our aim is to tread lightly and gently – to preserve the atmosphere and authenticity of the Chateau and region as much as possible. She will be renovated but her rawness, wear and history will not be erased, but instead integrated. In keeping with this, we also plan to use energy efficient principles and sustainable refurbishment. This means up cycling and recycling as much as possible, including building materials, design features and decor. 

The Chateau won’t be a pretentious museum piece, but rather, a place to visit, reconnect with the earth and people, and restore the senses, just like she herself has been restored. It won’t be about overcrowding the walls with paintings or overflowing the floors with furnishings, but will be relatively minimalistic – a place to simply rest, breathe and enjoy the calm.”

Stop the presses.
Did you read that last paragraph?
A most beautifully articulated design approach
so harmonious with my own.

A place to simply rest, breathe
and enjoy the calm.

YES, Karina and Craig.
YES, Chateau de Gudanes
YES, blogland.
HELLO to the LOVELY to that.

It would be wise to let your heart know

right now

it should expect some tugging

since the timeless romance of

a beautiful sleeping Chateau

in the south of France

is about to kiss you twice.

Behold.

Picturesque gate to Chateau de Gudanes in mountains of Verdun
Chateau de Gudanes
interior room of Chateau Gudanes with dusty rose and peely wallpaper
Dusty rose, peely wallpaper, and tufted goodness.
Exterior of Chateau Gudanes in mountains of Verdun
Chateau de Gudanes

French interior room with fireplace in Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Foyer at Chateau de Gudanes with stone staircase
Good God, kill me now.
Black horse standing in decaying room of Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Fanciful blue and gilded gold bed in decaying room of Chateau de Gudanes
THIS BED.
Exterior of Chateau Gudanes in winter with mountains of Verdun
Chateau de Gudanes in winter.

Lush green mountains of Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Exterior of French Chateau Gudanes in winter
Chateau de Gudanes

French windows open in a decaying room of Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Stripped walls and stone staircase in foyer of French Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Craig and Karina Waters owner of Chateau Gudanes
Craig and Karina Waters

Exterior of French Chateau Gudanes in south of France

Decaying interior room of French Chateau Gudanes with windows overlooking mountains
Chateau de Gudanes
Close up detail of antique wood doors in French Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Mustard wall color in stairway of French Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
French doors in Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Long hallway shot and room with stipped wallpaper in Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Stripped wallpaper in stairway of decaying Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Paneled room and open window in Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Stripped wallpaper and antique wood doors in Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Detail of handpainted wood in Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Tall French windows stripped wallpaper decay Chateau de Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Stripped green wallpaper and antique wood doors Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes
Detail of antique door hardware escutcheon in French Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Decay of interior Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

Stripped blue tufted wallpaper decay inside French Chateau Gudanes
Chateau de Gudanes

The Polish brand Brahman’s Home (exclusive

furniture and accessories) made its debut

in the interior design market in 2015, and

used the under-restoration Chateau de Gudanes

as the location for its lookbook photoshoot.

Photographer Sonia Szostak captured glorious

shots of the Chateau like the one below, and

I’ll be sharing Part 2 soon with more editorial

like this:

Models wearing white inside room at French Chateau Gudanes for Brahman's Home
Photo by Sonia Szostak for Brahman’s Home at Chateau de Gudanes

Did the Chateau kiss you twice and
steal your heart?????

Part 2 of Chateau de Gudanes is here.

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9 Comments

  1. January 28, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    I can't wait to see part two! I could only dream about having a home like this!!

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:51 am

      i'm considering going this summer to help with the restoration and soak up the inspiration! thanks for reading, friend. xox

  2. January 28, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Ahhhh. I feel like I was just on a little vacation during this post. Thank you!

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:52 am

      i'm so glad! thanks for reading, mary ann. xox

  3. January 29, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Michele, you're killing me! My husband and I just looked at this post and we're swooning. So amazing, this chateau!

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:53 am

      i know! i must raise my glass to this family for the spirit in which they are restoring this sleeping beauty! xox

  4. January 29, 2017 / 2:53 am

    I am beyond words…just beyond…what a magnificent work of art. I must go look through the images again…I can't stand it and will look anxiously for Part II! Thank you Michele – this is magical…

    • January 30, 2017 / 3:53 am

      aren't you dying to go and take photos of the beautiful decay?!? thanks for reading, friend. xox

  5. January 30, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Oh my gosh …can you imagine the process?! Yesssssss;) dying to take photos of the beautiful decay. Gorgeous imagines (part 2;) ..also love the home that Tom and G owned (that kitchen!) I wonder where they live now? happy Monday!

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