Oh, This Old Thing…

There are renovations, and then there are renovations. Many of you know how complicated and stressful a normal home renovations is so can you imagine doing one on a 1750′s decrepit French chateau? Such is the tale of the abandoned Chateau de Gudanes.  An Australian couple fought to buy this massive, gorgeous old home with 94 rooms and are in the process of bringing it back to life and cataloging the process on a blog.  It’s pretty fascinating, no?  Can you imagine doing this??? A labor of love indeed.

Check out some of the “before” shots.  The potential is mind-blowing and the details (even those in decay) are so beautiful.


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32 Responses to “Oh, This Old Thing…”

  1. Kathryn says:

    This is dreamy beyond words.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m just thinking about how much money it’d cost. It’ll be beautiful though

  3. Melisa says:

    What a dream! Really amazing…

  4. Well obviously I’m headed to that blog right now! Thanks so much for the tip! This looks right up my alley. xo

  5. Monika says:

    Wow, this will be AMAZING!! Great find, thanks for sharing!! x

  6. Lacey says:

    Oh my. What a dream. Historic restoration is something I would love to learn to do. Love it all- thanks for sharing!

  7. G says:

    Reminds me of the chateau from The English Patient- swoon!!!!

  8. franki says:

    Oh….the “English Patient”…Ralph, again…!!! Off to view the blog! franki

  9. Liz says:

    I want it for my next B&B project – talk about potential!

  10. Abby says:

    This is amazing – pretty sure this is my dream in life!


  11. This is fascinating, and quite the undertaking. Thanks for the tip – will be following along for sure!
    Oh Buoy Boston

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Amazing….but how does one pay for something that HUGE??

  13. jillian says:

    ummmm awesome! checking out the blog now! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  14. […] Here is my favorite dreamy spring post from today, via Erin Gates’s Elements of Style. An Australian couple buys a decrepit French chateau to renovate. This has novel written all over it. […]

  15. Lily says:

    Wow — doing something like this is my absolute DREAM. But where did they get the bucks to fund this whole thing?? Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to follow along.

    xo Lily

  16. Emily M. says:

    This blog may become my new obsession. I have always been crazy for old structures in need of repair. But, somehow, my heart loves them in their sad state so much, it makes me a little sad to see them all prettied up. In our area, a few of my favorites are: Medfield State Hospital, Steinert Hall, the home located on the grounds of Elm Bank in South Natick, the Sarah Clayse house in Framingham… and the list goes on.

  17. Erin says:

    Oh wow. This is right up my alley! Your link to the blog didn’t work for me. Thanks for sharing these though!

  18. Lindsey A. says:

    Holy smokes! That looks straight out of a movie. Of course, I want to know all the snoopy details…how much did they pay for this place? And how much would renovations on this scale even cost?!?

  19. Wow! And I thought our renovation was big!! This is incredible!!

  20. Love this. Shall never again refer to our just purchased 1871 house as “The Money Pit.” They’ve earned that title exclusively!

  21. Lyndsy Wojtus says:

    Not sure if you’d heard of this before or not but boy that was fast! :)

  22. Mrs. Shockley says:

    Timothy Corrigan - YouTube

    This is fantastic! It reminds me of Timothy Corrigan’s Chateau. The YouTube video link is above. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Totally A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
    Thanks, Erin, for showing us this story. I going directly over to see what else is happening. What a story!

  24. Andi says:

    I can only imagine how gorgeous this house will be after the renos!

  25. Lisa says:

    Dear Erin,

    Thank you so much for this post on the chateau restoration and your last one on The Grand Budapest Hotel. So enjoyable! The chateau is truly a fantasy come to life. Have not yet seen the movie, but intend to soon. Thank you so much again for these wonderful posts.

  26. Nancy says:

    Did anyone see the you tube video on this chateau? The home looks like it should be condemned. I truly admire this couple, esp. since I just went through a two year renovation of part of our downstairs/kitchen that ended costing over a million dollars. The amount of money to save this home will be staggering. However, good for them for taking this on!

  27. Julie says:

    I cannot even fathom having the money (or patience or time!) it will take to renovate this home, but what. a. dream. The details are to-die for. Definitely adding this blog to my Feedly account. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Cassandra says:

    Incredible! One of my biggest dreams is to buy an old house and restore it back to its beautiful ways.

    Check out my photography blog! http://www.cassandralillian.blogspot.com

  29. Julie says:

    I no word of a lie, had a dream about owning this unbelievably stunning chateau the night after I first saw it! I mean, honestly, could you even imagine?! I hope I can someday just tour one, to take in it’s majestic beauty first hand! How amazing!

  30. Kate says:

    The post of February 14 is a killer, “The first of 94 rooms.” Oh my. Takes my breath away. Did you know that green was the most expensive wall paper color back in the 1700′s? That’s why so many of these chateau’s and castles, and the largest, loveliest old homes of New England often had bright green wallpaper in the entryway.

  31. Heу very interesting blog!