And we thought we were cool.

There’s an Australian couple who is doing everything we’re doing, but to the nth degree cooler.

“There are many reasons why you might start a blog, but documenting the revival of an 18th century neoclassical ruin seems like a pretty damn good reason if you ask me. In 2013, Australian husband & wife team Karina and Craig Waters purchased the Chateau de Gudanes, a decaying fairytale mansion in the Midi-Pyrénées that had been sitting on the market for four years.

french chateau


Here’s the official blog:

I invite you to check it out, because it really is amazing what they’re doing.

Here’s their “about” part:

Built in the teens of 1700’s Chateau de Gudanes still stands proudly in the south of France in the small village – Chateau Verdun. The Class 1 Historic Monument listed building was architecturally designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, famous for his neoclassical architectural symmetry including Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde.

But now the passing of time and neglect has taken its avoirdupois.

After two years of negotiation, the chateau has been purchased by an Australian family. Follow the progress of events as planning, official permission and renovation which started in November 2013.

The blog shares the story of the past, present and future of Chateau de Gudanes. 

The past – clear and defined, the present – expected chaos…… and the future – a surprise!

So basically, any time I feel like we’re doing something insurmountable by restoring an 1850 farmhouse, I will think of this couple living a much crazier adventure in France and smile… at the end of the day, we’re probably both crazy, but it helps put my life in perspective! 🙂