Renovating In France – What We Bought

Chataigne Farmhouse in France, before renovation
Chataigne Farmhouse in France, before renovation

The decision to buy a property in France was a complex one, kind of made following a series of events including illness and redundancy. For a while, we even contemplated moving our family out to France, but as my job offer there was based on ‘commission only’, we decided it was too high risk in the end.

The France bug had bitten however! It is so tempting once you see how much your money can buy out there, and you imaging the idyllic scene of children running in fields and playing outside in the fresh air, cycling down country lanes and eating fresh fruit straight off the trees. We imagined sitting outside on the warm balmy evenings, sipping our wine, watching the stars and listening to the crickets chirp. Oh, yes, we’re dreamers alright!

Playing in Fields in the French Countryside
Playing in Fields in the French Countryside

We decided to look for a property with a gite, so that as well as giving us the chance to enjoy family holidays every year, we could have a modest income to help the property pay its way.

Imagine our delight when we found a place (almost) in budget, with not one, but three gites! Of course it needed work (don’t they all?), but we convinced ourselves that, even though it had been standing empty for several years, the work was manageable and we could have it up and running in no time!

Swimming Pool Area at Chataigne House before renovation
Swimming Pool Area at Chataigne House before renovation
Chataigne House Pool Garden/Picnic area before renovation
Chataigne House Pool Garden/Picnic area before renovation
Debris in the pool and picnic area when we viewed it
Debris in the pool and picnic area when we viewed it

Standing empty for a while might have been the least of our worries, as we found that the property had actually suffered from neglect or lack of investment for a considerable number of years.

And so begins our story…..

One Reply to “Renovating In France – What We Bought”

  1. This is so interesting. I love watching and reading about renovations. I think it’s a secret passion I have. As were have just moved house, I am hoping to make it into a palace on the inside on a budget and one day buy it! Having a property is France is cool!
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