Fool for France

I have competition!

Check out the Chateau Gudanes:

Forget the maison bourgeoise, which is what I own. These people are truly ambitious. They chose a real-deal, full-bore chateau. My house was unoccupied for two years, theirs for four. Mine is a bit of a pit, never very nicely detailed, never listed. Their house? Grade 1 listed and replete with amazing, worm-eaten detail. I can replace; they must restore. My little acre is really just a decent garden for a house the size of mine. They have so much land that they must have some Plan B for maintenance; my Plan A, a lawnmower and some pruning shears, would have no chance. I live in nice, forgiving beach town conditions; they have mountains and snow.

Chapeau, guys. Now this is an adventure. And good luck to your portfolio; may it thrive. You’ll be needing every euro.

Tomorrow I’ll drive south again. It’s time to pull out the camera.

2 Replies to “I have competition!”

  1. The house looks wonderful – good bones! You have a very exciting project ahead of you, and a nice time of year to get started! We will watch! Cathy and Rod


    1. You guys checked in. How nice! I have a meeting next week with my architect. He has spent more time in the house than I have. He has been telling me about the good bones, too, but I’m here to tell you, it’s a project. I’m impressed by the nerve of the people who would take on a whole chateau but I don’t envy them. My little house on the prairie — our English word comes from the French, as you may know, and pretty well describes the rolling flatland that the house sits upon — is quite enough for me for now.


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