Craig and Karina Waters have been revitalizing the historic 18th-century Château de Gudanes, and hundreds of thousands of us have been watching the work unfold on Instagram. If you don’t already follow this Australian family’s account, I bet you will be smitten!
Previously, I blogged about the château when I learned two things. First, the new owners were approaching the restoration gently and leaving as much timelessly aged beauty as possible. Secondly, I learned they would be welcoming guests to lodge and help with restoration during the summer (they call it RESTORE AND STAY). I strongly considered booking a stay to experience all the mystique and to get my hands dirty. And um. Snap photos. I even began corresponding with Karina about the prospect…I knew all of you would tune in to follow the adventure. She was wonderfully gracious and welcoming. However, my own fixer upper-ing in the heartland proved demanding enough, so visiting Chateau Gudanes is a dream deferred…with the emphasis on DREAM. Let’s revisit this South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes!
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Antique Doors, Windows & Shutters
If you love the beauty of these decaying, crumbling, oh so shabby walls, you’ll love this story!
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Experience the Video
Chateau Gudanes Bedrooms
What a lucky kitty!
Chateau Gudanes Exterior
Vibrant Color Pops Inside & Out
Captivating Textures at Chateau Gudanes
Christmas at Chateau Gudanes
Château Chat: Antoinette & Family
The homeowner made this video shortly after purchasing the chateau and before the restoration began. Here’s what she says about it:
“Brace yourself. I made this video before the restoration began. It’s fast and furious because when we bought the Château, our family and friends truly thought we were crazy. So I thought to myself, if I speed it up and twirl it around, they won’t be able to really see all the work needed. And back then I also thought, no one will probably even watch it Oh, almost forgot, I credited the wrong music too. Misread the cd label. Hold on…It is what it is…”
Ha! Make sure to watch the other video at top if you scrolled right past!
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CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE UNDERTAKING SUCH A RESTORATION PROJECT????
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This is fabulous, a fairytale castle! Love the open windows and scenery outside. Thanks for the tour !
Aint it dreamy? I plan to visit it someday. 🙂
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG AND VIDEOS. YOU BLOG COULD BE CONSIDERED EDUCATIONAL AND FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AS WELL, AS IN HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY. THOSE THAT CONSIDER MOVING INTO THE FIELD OF ARCHITECTURE WOULD FIND THIS BLOG EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL. KEEP THE VIDEOS AND EVERYTHING ALONG WITH YOUR BLOG COMING!!!
Awesome and I imagine how beautiful it will be when finished the restoration. But it is a huge and brave challenge
Hard to imagine that it could get better! Thanks for reading. 🙂
I love everything about this post!! From the Smokey moody pallets to the hysterical video. And the cat. Oh that cat. Somebody should write a children’s book about that kitty and her 10 year adventure. Maybe title it “Antoinette’s Chateau” (I know, I know how did I come up with that)
But seriously such an enchanting place, I wish I could go there and participate. LoVeLy PoSt
I had a similar thought about Antoinette, thinking she should have her own blog. 🙂 Thanks so much for playing along.