Like much of what I follow and read, I have no idea how I found Chateau de Gudanes but I’ve been following the progress for a while now. If you’re interested in preservation and architecture you should probably visit the chateau on Facebook or their website.
From what I understand, a couple from Australia was looking for a vacation home, something like a farm house, and ran across a crumbling chateau in need of – uhm – a little TLC (read better information about the project here). We must be somewhat like minded because that’s something I would do in a heartbeat. “Oh a 30-room chateau with collapsed walls, ceilings and floors? Yes! It’s what I’ve always wanted.”
In all seriousness, the couple is doing an amazing job and the matriarch, who lives in the village full time to oversee restorations, seems genuinely happy and grateful to have the opportunity to rehabilitate such an amazing piece of history.
I borrowed a few photos to show the amazing work they’ve done and what lies ahead. Source for all images is the Chateau de Gudanes Facebook page (seriously, follow them). The beauty of the property and surrounding village, coupled with the care and enthusiasm of the restorers might actually bring a tear to my eye.