Christmas means many things. It is a season which combines reverence and merriment, glory and gift-giving, solemnity and song. Always though, it has a magical way of making us feel nostalgic and reflective. So in this spirit of Christmas, we reflect on and share with you all the things that have happened at the Château throughout 2017.
Spending a few days in London led me to the London Book Fair and most of all the chance to spend the day with international designer Carolyn Quatermaine. Carolyn invited me into her London studio, we took lunch in the secret garden of Petersham Nursery talked about Carolyn's latest design project - The Glade - currently being transformed into a garden forest in the heart of the city.
An invitation kindly extended by Expedia to stay at the new re-opened Ritz Paris.
Window by window, door by door, one by one till door twenty-four. Click and look at our 2016 Château Storybook.
Prince Albert II of Monaco honouring the ongoing restoration of the Château.
Short podcast by the Peabody Essex Museum interviewing Karina on the Château adventure.
Receiving a Medal of Honour from the Institute of France for the ongoing Château restoration.
Sharing stories of the kitchen as it undergoes its renaissance. Monique from the local village spent an afternoon cooking old Cháteau recipes her grandmother used to prepare when she was the Cháteau cook. And a peek into how Marianne has helped to steer our future vision.
How to move forward and be led by our dreams rather than be pushed by our problems as the Historic Monuments refuses permission for the future restoration.
A Château wedding filled with love and grace.
Welcoming kindred spirits - Ariana, Molly and Wendy. They share their Château experiences with us as they help to restore life back into Château de Gudanes.