I love history! I love to look at old buildings and stately homes and imagine the life of those who once resided in these homes. One such home that I have been following closely is the "Chateau de Gudanes".
This mid 18th century neoclassical property that was bought 4 years ago by an Australian couple by the name of Waters. When they purchased this property it was virtually derelict and their journey through the restoration has been nothing short of inspirational.
Works in the chateau began in November 2013 and are still ongoing. The Water's took on an epic 94 room renovation with works including replacing floors that had fallen through and the roof which had collapsed in parts.
One thing I have noticed throughout the renovation is the family's efforts to maintain the integrity of the building in every way. For me, and maybe the water's family, I would be completely selfish in restoring this property but whether they know it or not they are providing a very important link to the past for the French population. This is not an inexpensive project for any family to take on but it seems like this is a true labour of love. The family have also received a Medal of Honour from the Institute of France for their restoration work.
These photographs in no way, shape or form belong to me!