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Imagine waking up on a bright sunny spring morning, looking out the window and seeing this view!


YOUR view, because you just bought this château!


A fantasy for almost all of us of course.


I can justify it this way. The upkeep of all those rooms would be too much for me.  Imagine the vacuuming.


BUT we can pretend.


SO, in anticipation of this week’s interview on Tuesday with Australian Jane Webster who bought the 72-room Château de Bosgouet in Normandy, I thought we might pretend for awhile.



This is a painting of the Château de Chenonceau, a favourite stop on the Loire Valley tour. The painting is in the hallway of the château.


Châteaus for Sale!


There are thousands of châteaus in France*, some of which are must-see tourist attractions, but many others are privately owned, or for sale.


In fact, there are lots of empty châteaus of all sizes and some with a price tag that might seem surprising.


You can buy the one below, Aubigny Sur Nere near Burgundy,  for 3,950,000 euros on 42 acres with outbuildings, parkland, gardens, and a river that runs through it.

When you get all that, $7 million USD does seem like a bargain.


20  Rooms, 11 bedrooms, gardens, and a swimming pool


OR, how about a stately manor with 15 rooms and 10 bedrooms for 680,000 Euros?

A friend of mine sold her one-bedroom loft in downtown Toronto for that price — and that was 3 years ago!


Château Angers — 680,000 Euros



AND For 350,000 euros, you can get this 1875 Heritage Site structure that is now in ruins along with a dry moat!



Château Provins


All photos are courtesy of the Le Nail website. For a bit of fun find others by clicking HERE.

The Strawbridge family from the TV series Escape To The Chateau!

Escape To The Château

Much of this new interest in purchasing a château has come from the British documentary series — to which I totally addicted.


It’s about couple Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree who buy, renovate, and redecorate the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France.


They bought the chateau for 280,000 pounds in 2015. That’s about $500,000 USD.


BUT, as with many chateaus in France, there was a reason for the low price.  The chateau was uninhabitable.


It had not been lived in for 40 years, and almost everything from heating, electrical, plumbing. sewage, to so much more, had to be redone.


The series follows these two DIYers and their journey to fix up the chateau while growing their events and wedding business,  continuing their restoration, and raising their two young children, Arthur and Dorothy.


And I was worried about the vacuuming.


Anyway, this is pure joy to watch …


BUT from the comfort of my couch as I file my nails thank you very much.

(Check your listings to find it, PBS, CBC, and HDTV has carried it, and you can stream some of the episodes on Youtube.)



Jane Webster in her kitchen at the Château de Bosgouet



Won’t it be fun to hear Jane Webster’s story on Tuesday at 12:30 pm EST?

See you soon!

*A château is described as a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor, or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications. At one time France had a lot of nobility until it was off with their heads in the French Revolution and nobility was dissolved.

Have you ever stayed in a château?

Do you own a château?

 Just askin’

Jane does offer

 Jane does offer a Château Life Residency Program for month-long stays

and she will tell us all about what that is like!

Love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.

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  1. Penny on March 7, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Please ask Jane when her past books will be available one again. I try and try to no avail to find them

    • Diana Bishop on March 7, 2021 at 1:56 pm

      Penny, Thank you! I had definitely planned to ask her that.

      I hope you are looking forward to Jane’s interview. Diana

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on March 7, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Can’t say I’ve ever stayed at a French Chateau … but I have stayed at an Irish Castle (Dromoland Castle near Shannon Airport)! It was updated of course, but filled with huge paintings of ancestors and coats of arms. Lots of history!

    • Diana Bishop on March 7, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      That sounds amazing. I would love it! Diana

  3. Ingrid on March 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Question: Jane Webster on Tuesday, is it a zoom etc?
    Does one register?
    Ty Ingrid

    • Diana Bishop on March 7, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      I have sent you an email about this. Thank so much for your interest Ingrid. Diana

  4. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on March 7, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Gorgeous settings and beautiful views go with each chateau. Cheaper than a house in Vancouver!

    • Diana Bishop on March 7, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Now, that’s a good point!

  5. Shardie Stevenson on March 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

    I won’t be buying a French Chateau anytime soon but I am certainly looking forward to your interview on Tuesday, BFF! xoxox

    • Diana Bishop on March 7, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Maybe we can buy one together!

  6. Trudy Van Buskirk on March 7, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve never stayed a chateau so keep the pictures coming! One can dream! I’ve already watched the Escape to the Chateau TV series with Dick and Angela on both CBC AND PBS and like you I ‘m addicted to watching them! “See” you on Tuesday!

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      As I mentioned me too! Love them and plan to visit them when I am in France. Keep ya posted, Diana

  7. Margaret Ann Gendreau on March 8, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Escape to the Chateau was very entertaining. I really enjoyed their first Christmas in the Chateau.

    I have not stayed in a Chateau but did stay in a former convent in Paris. Very old, very beautiful! I’m really looking forward to Tuesday and your interview with Jane, Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on March 12, 2021 at 10:48 am

      I would love to go and meet that couple. They do, (not during COVID) have a garden party every year in June for the public where you buy tickets. On my list…thanks for watching the interview this week Margaret Ann, Diana

    • Diana Bishop on March 14, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      I would love to stay in that convent. Is it still there? Diana

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