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09/03/2020

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Chris

Now, have you missed your vocation? xx

Paula

My dear friend and her companion of many years moved from her lovely modern(ish) home in the Île de France to her family’s ancestral chateau in Gascony. The current iteration was constructed about 400 years ago, The classically designed home, stables, and outbuildings retain most of their17th century charm and furnishings—Aubusson tapestries, a billiard table, a portrait of family friend—Marie Antoinette— on the wall. Still, it was , completely updated—in 1920. Nothing much has been done since. There are two salle de bains, one in each wing which you have to use with the utmost care or the plumbing will explode. There are 3 wc’s for 17 bedrooms. Our bedroom had an adjacent room with 1920’s fixtrues containing a sink and bidet.

The electricity is an adventure. When you plug in your iPad, the outlet emits sparks. Don’t even think about using a hair dryer. The kitchen is a nightmare (new in 1885). The wood stove the size of a small car doesn’t work. The stone sink has a crack but the light from the arched windows is inspirational.

The worst is, of course, the roof. There is water damage everywhere —peeling wall paper and falling plaster. Our friend has money to replace the roof on one wing but, because the chateau is classified as historic,it is taking her years to get approval from the French bureaucracy. All that moisture gives added encouragement to the wood worms in the floor boards.

I could go on here but, the place is charming inspite of it’s problems and we can’t wait to visit them again once the pandemic is over.

Jane Williamson

Some of it looks a bit like a scrapyard.
It is really boy's toys.
What a shame that the house was a let down.
Our chateau at Curtil-sous-Buffiere is in a very sad of disrepair.
It only has thirteen hectares of poor farmland with it, so not a viable proposition.
The most interesting thing is the carving above the door:
Fish and visitors go off after three days.

Debbie Ambrous

Lynn, we had planned to see this chateau when we were in Burgundy last time, but never made it there. So, I was very glad to see your blog story. I just finished reading "Villa Page" a short book about a couple who buy a house in the Dordogne. It is written by husband and wife with each taking turns in writing a chapter. (They were writers for television with "Murder She Wrote" and "In the Heat of the Night" in their credits) Now, there's an idea for you and Ron! I didn't use this idea of He said/She said, but my husband provides lots of material for a book! Always enjoy your stories!

Christine Webb-Curtis

We would visit Chavigny-les-Beaunes in a heartbeat. My husband, in particular, loves old things that move as well. Anne Marie recommended Caro Feely's trilogy, Grape Expectations, Saving our Skins, and Glass Half Full. I'm reading the first one about the travails of ex-pats restarting an old vineyard in Saussignac (where we spent a glorious week several years ago--longing to return). You may have recommended these in a prior blog, but I didn't take note if you did.

We follow the constantly changing Covid circumstances in la belle france with anticipation. Stay well, folks.

Chris

Frank Levin

Obsession can be a wonderful thing sometimes. Because of the obsession of M. Pont objects are being preserved and grouped so they can be appreciated into the future. We once stayed at Chateau La Flocilliere which had been inherited as a ruin by M. Le Comte Vignal. It became his obsession and his career. He and his wife have spent their lives restoring everything from the keep, which dates from the ninth century to the later parts of the chateau which had been demolished during the revolution. We stayed in a marvelous, round room in one of the towers. The bathroom was the size of the living room of our home. The couple spent years gathering the furnishings to make the place a wonderful chateau-hotel. It is now in the hands of their son who continues the obsession. Without their obsessions it wouod still be a pile of rubble.

Francine Martinie Chough

Merci pour cette belle visite que j’ai faite il y a longtemps. Pierre Pont est très connu dans la région. C’est sûr qu’en Bourgogne on apprécie « la douceur de vivre ». Si vous allez dans la Bresse près de Bourg en Bresse ne ratez pas Brou et son magnifique Monastère royal. Splendide architecture de gothique flamboyant !
Bien à vous!
Francine

anne marie

Related to Christine Webb-Curtis post: there is a Château Saussignac, maybe another charming château for you to explore and write about, Lynn.

Natalia

Lynn,this just captures my imagination!I never even imagined that someone these days could own their own chateau,much less fill it with every collectible of their hearts' desires.
I completely agree with your analogy here:Michel Pont does indeed have a most understanding wife!!
(PS where you permitted to see the kitchen or the library?Oh!What gorgeous books they must possess!!)
Speaking of books,what wonderful suggestions!!

Betina

I discovered this chateau online after two family trips to Burgundy and, sadly, after my dad passed away. He was career Air Force and would have LOVED seeing the planes and identifying them for our entertainment, as well all the other treasures. It is now on my list for my next trip to France (whenever Americans can be considered safe to travel). Thanks for the virtual visit!

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