South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes

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!

Warm ochre peely paint and centuries of decay look beautiful surrounding these French windows overlooking French countryside. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

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

Carolyn Quartermaine painting and painted Louis chair at Chateau Gudanes. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Ahhhh. Carolyn Quartermaine must be near…
Warm ochre peely paint and centuries of decay look beautiful surrounding these French windows overlooking French countryside. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

If you love the beauty of these decaying, crumbling, oh so shabby walls, you’ll love this story!

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Chateau Gudanes Bedrooms

Warm rosy tones glow in a decaying shabby chic bedroom in a French chateau with architectural beauty. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Classic French furniture in an aged to perfection bedroom with French windows open to the countryside. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

What a lucky kitty!

My French Country Home - book by Sharon Santoni #frenchcountry #book #frenchliving
My French Country Home by Sharon Santoni
 
Fireplace and layers of peeling wallpaper in a bedroom in an 18th century French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Photo: Nina Van Ewijk
Classic French furniture in a magnificent chateau bedroom with French windows open to the mountain view. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

Chateau Gudanes Exterior

Magnificent facade of a French chateau in the mountainside. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Fog rises over the Château early on a brisk spring day. The dark iron of the gates contrast against the white transparency of the fog. The fields either side of the carriageway have been plowed for wildflowers to flourish in the summer. Our friend Tim Mead has joined the Château restoration family to capture these moments and help with the work.
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Magnificent architecture and aged to perfection facade of French chateau with shutters and arched windows. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Exterior of magnificent 18th century French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes

Romantic Dining

Romantic dining table with oval back dining chairs and crystal chandelier in a French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Louis Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Dining Chair, Set of 2 (In case you love this style like I do!)
Serene dining room at magnificent French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

Breathtaking Views

French windows overlook the countryside. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

Kitchen

Stone kitchen in an 18th century French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
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Vibrant Color Pops Inside & Out

Royal blue upholstered Louis dining chair and trestle table with fresh flowers. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Fall color with red climbing vines on an iron gate at a French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes
Making a place for the laundry. The floor which had fallen in has now been reinstalled and tiled with the original terracotta flooring. Next the repurposed sink will be fitted by David and Tim.
Making a place for the laundry. The floor which had fallen in has now been reinstalled and tiled with the original terracotta flooring. Next the repurposed sink will be fitted by David and Tim.

Staircases

The grand central staircase. "Recently we put back the original stone tiles," says Karina Waters. "When we purchased the château most of the floors had fallen in from water damage caused by massive holes in the roof."
Photo: Nina Van EwijkThe grand central staircase. “Recently we put back the original stone tiles,” says Karina Waters. “When we purchased the château most of the floors had fallen in from water damage caused by massive holes in the roof.”
Magnificent main stone staircase with iron railings in a decaying French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Carla Coulson
Wildflowers surround a French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

Captivating Textures at Chateau Gudanes

Crumbling stone,, climbing vines, yellow wildflowers, and weathered wood antique arched door. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
 

Antique Windows

Magnificent paneled walls and antique windows and fireplace in a French chateau under renovation. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Carla Coulson
Chateau Gudanes interior undergoing renovation with peeling wallpaper, layers of paint, and magnificent decay. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Outdoor dining in front of French chateau in mountains. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation

Christmas at Chateau Gudanes

Christmas tree in a magnificent French chateau. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #renovation
Fresh green wreath hangs on the iron gate of Chateau Gudanes. South of France Fixer Upper Château Gudanes. #southoffrance #frenchchateau #provence #frenchcountry #holidaydecor #wreath

Château Chat: Antoinette & Family

Antoinette had been living on her own in the Château for over ten years. We found her little kittens, one day, just after we bought the Château. Antoinette and three of her sons are now part of our family.
Antoinette had been living on her own in the Château for over ten years. We found her little kittens, one day, just after we bought the Château. Antoinette and three of her sons are now part of our 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????

Would you care to travel this summer to the chateau and take part in the restoration for a week or a 3 days? See the details here.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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7 Comments

  1. June 14, 2018 / 7:08 am

    This is fabulous, a fairytale castle! Love the open windows and scenery outside. Thanks for the tour !

    • michele
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Aint it dreamy? I plan to visit it someday. 🙂

  2. futuret
    June 14, 2018 / 10:02 am

    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!!!

  3. Mumbai
    June 14, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Awesome and I imagine how beautiful it will be when finished the restoration. But it is a huge and brave challenge
    too.

    • michele
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Hard to imagine that it could get better! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  4. Tracy
    June 14, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    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

    • michele
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      I had a similar thought about Antoinette, thinking she should have her own blog. 🙂 Thanks so much for playing along.

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