The Sleeping Beauty Chateau de Gudanes

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What if you were to browse the internet and see a photo of a neglected castle in the south of France, a ruin for sure but with a faded grandeur that pulls at your heart strings… Would you be tempted to give up your dream of a little house in the country and throw everything you have into restoring the huge castle to its former glory?

A castle that’s just magical

Live without electricity for many years? Chop wood to keep the fire going so you don’t freeze in winter as the snow falls all around and the bitter wind blows down from the Pyrenees Mountains? Give up your comfy life and a good job in Perth, Australia? Learn how to speak French and take on the mother of all restorations? That’s what Karina Waters and her family did when they bought the Chateau de Gudanes.

This is an extraordinary story, one that has captured the imagination of millions around the world. We talk to Karina about life at the chateau, its history and ability to enchant all who see it, and how restoring it has brought a sleeping beauty back to life.

Website: Instagram: chateaugudanes

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