Last November, Vincent and I bought a derelict château in France. Vincent doesn’t speak french and I haven’t spoken it in fifteen years. This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime.
Everyone’s first question when we tell them that we bought a château is “what inspired you to do something like this?”. The easy answer (and maybe slightly embarrassing) is that t.v. gave us the push. We’ve been dreaming about having land forever and we had discussed all the different ways that we could buy some. We just kept coming up with solutions that would’ve been impossible to achieve. And then came “Escape to the Château”. This is not the first remodel show that we’ve watched, probably not even the first one about refurbishing a castle, but something about it gave us an idea that seemed fresh and new. It gave us direction for our dream.
So off we went to find the perfect place to transform into a B&B or a wedding venue. I expected the search to take years.
We’ve done a crazy amount of research and planning in the last few months but this is still the scariest thing I’ve ever done. There’s just so much to be done! The scheduled work is going to take years and then there’s all the stuff that we want to do that just seems like fun. This is way too big an endeavour for it to be all about the boring construction work.
We’re moving to France in a couple weeks and its going to be rough living for a while. As of right now there’s no heat, no water, no power, and way too many animals in our tiny camper. I’ve earmarked the first month for just the work that’s needed for settling in. Thank goodness Vincent has a job that gives him the time we need to start up. I don’t know if I would even think of doing any of this without him.
I’m having a hard time expressing myself when it comes to the château. The ideas are so big, the task is so huge, and the money involved is so daunting that it feels a little unreal. I can see the final product like a shinning dream, the château, the gardens. The long journey that it takes to get there will be totally worth it.