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Restoration of the 17th Century French Chateau De Gudanes

March 28, 2016

An Australian family have dropped their life in the suburbs and instead moved halfway across the world to Purchase a wrecked chateau which was created for: ‘Louis Gaspard de Sales, Marquis de Gudanes.


There are now working hard since last November for its restoration without losing its sensual art for the neoclassical architectural elements.


Karina and Craig Waters bought the Chateau de Gudanes back in 2013, located into the hillside between two villages on a route overlooking the Midi- Pyrénées in the south of France and the remarkable Plateau de Beille mountains.


Named a Class 1 Historic Monument by the French government, this beautiful antique chateau was designed in the 17th century by Parisian architect Ange-Jaques Gabriels, an expert known for his neoclassical, architectural symmetry.


Have you ever tried to daydream of how you efficacy illuminate and restore a 17th century chateau in the French countryside?


This Family of Perth Australia is granting the world to take part of this dream. Showing them the restoration process of how to open a door to a world of astonishment, both real and imagined.


The Waters bought the chateau with the objective of keeping the 94 rooms as authentic as possible. The rooms found inside this castle still holds and dominates many original details, such as the home’s massive staircase.


The property also features a magnificent-sized limestone pool with an unforgotten view that will always leave you in awe.


The original antique brick work is still visible in some of the rooms.


Spiral staircases lead down into many of the room in the chateau


The spiraling staircases, remarkable rooms, infamously high ceilings and original details on the walls of the property are some of its most thrilling features.


A magnificent pool in the back of the castle, the stunning setting and gorgeous brickwork, paintings and the friendly animals which roam the ground only add to the wonder of this castle.


The structure and details to be found in this keyhole could actually date back as far as the seventeenth century

Original limestone stone walls still exist around the chateau. As for the legacy of the newly restored chateau when it’s done, the Waters are hoping that this dazzling Chateau which lays between snow-capped grande mountains during the winter will live on for people to come and visit the beauty of its elements and reconnect with the earth, people and will be the ideal place to simply rest, breathe and enjoy the calm.



Like all great homes of the period, Chateau De Gudanes has a private church. The brilliant cobalt of this ceiling is inspiring.


You know how we love fireplaces at Ancient Surfaces! This 18th c. cheminée is located in one of the home’s salons, isn’t it glorious!


The most exiting and thrilling adventure to be found in this castle are the hidden murals, wooden panels and moldings are revealed when plaster is removed.


There is something so special about bringing back forgotten pieces to their prior glory, and salvaging architectural antiques is at the core of our family here at Ancient Surfaces.

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