What does your French château (or house) look like?

With all the TV coverage of Brits in their châteaux I wondered what everyone’s château on SF looked like.

To get the ball rolling mine looks like this:

OK, not a château, but plenty big enough for us (my son suggested adding a turret or two :slight_smile: )


Here’s mine Paul - bugger to heat! (apologies couldn’t resist!)


Foix Castle / Ariege 09


That’ll be needing 36kW then, hope EDF were up to the job :slight_smile:


Nice pile Simon, wrap up well, good old ‘long johns’ ? :wink:


sorry no phots of my house its a building site lol. suffice to say 4 coming on 5 bedrooms of nice size, 2 bathrooms, plenty of land and plenty of dog hair.


We are in the heart of the vineyards surrounded by more wine than even we can drink.


our little place looking over the Chartreuse Massif


What lovely places… :relaxed:

Here’s one before it was turned into a château :wink: …well, into a garden shed actually.


one persons shed is another persons chateau

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This was the last thing to be tackled… we never actually used its facilities :wink:

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This is our house, on the D911 to Avranche, and situated on a fork in the road. The frontage includes the nine windows à l’étage. The seperate garden is across the D911. We just had a delivery of logs midday today.


Goodness isn’t having a separate garden a nuisance? Or doesn’t it matter?


Not at all a nuisance, Véronique. It’s just a few strides away from the front door and large enough to offer plenty of privacy if required. We also have a fairly steady stream of piétons passing by so we are well-known and that is a distinct aid to socialisation. We are 500 metres from all amenities, yet on the edge of town and a five minute walk from the beautifully scenic Vallée de la Sée, which extends for 10 km westward towards the coast.


@anon64436995 Is that your Land Rover? I always wanted one of these, until I test drove one - it was a little too agricultural for the regular hundreds of miles on the autoroutes.

It used to be a family tradition of ours to stop in Avranche for breakfast on the way down from Cherbourg - in a cafe near the gardens,

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It looks lovely! I wondered because if you have hordes of children and animals as I do it would certainly be a nuisance.


Yes, young children and free-ranging animals would be in danger as there can be a lot of traffic at peak times and they often accelerate as they leave town, or fail to slow after they enter.

As far as I can gather from neighbours recent occupants have had neither, although the vendor had the ground floor equipped with several cat flaps :crying_cat_face::pouting_cat:, and an artificial tree to climb and scratch (the cats not the vendor). They took the cats back to Australia, whence they came, global mogs.


Yes Mat, it’s a Series 3 model, 1973 version. I’ve owned it for about 10 years and it has seen better days. I had a LWB 6 cylinder version in Africa, to which it was very well suited except when it came to sourcing spares. Same is true of France. I only use it for dirty work and it has pulled a few stumps here in our garden. I bought it mainly for the huge pleasure of driving it, no power steering and very rudimentary and heavy controls. But the very slow tick-over and the huge engine power and torque make modern 4x4s look and feel cissy. I learned to drive on 1930s cars, and still have nostalgia for the feel, the sound, and smell of those old beauties with their starting handles, wind-up windows, mudguards and leaf spring suspensions. :slightly_smiling_face::slightly_frowning_face:

We’ve made several cross-channel trips in Landy and get used to being pulled over by UK customs because they just love to admire it and take a peep under the bonnet!

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Here is a little video of chez nous (not quite a chateau)


Very nice Peter - both toy and not-quite-a-château.

I’d be bloody careful flying near those power lines though!

Also - some quite odd effects going on with the video, did you image stabilise it?

Haven’t quite finished building it yet…

(Just finished this bit, which is doorway to bottom of garden…)