Fairytale French castles fit for a beauty (…or a beast)


Many purchasers like the idea of owning a piece of history, but the appeal of the château is broader, says Tim Swannie of French agent Home Hunts. “Status is important for some buyers – the French château fits nicely alongside the Alpine chalet, Tuscan farmhouse and city penthouse – but that is far from being the main driver for most of our buyers,” he says.

“Location is generally the main appeal; they were specifically built in the best positions, with the best views, by the most im… (View original article)

Fairytale French castles fit for a beauty (…or a beast)


Many purchasers like the idea of owning a piece of history, but the appeal of the château is broader, says Tim Swannie of French agent Home Hunts. “Status is important for some buyers – the French château fits nicely alongside the Alpine chalet, Tuscan farmhouse and city penthouse – but that is far from being the main driver for most of our buyers,” he says.

“Location is generally the main appeal; they were specifically built in the best positions, with the best views, by the most im… (View original article)

French chateaus cheaper than a home in Sydney  | Daily Mail Online

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They boast up to 17 bedrooms, swimming pools and acres of landscaped gardens – but these stunning French chateaus are still cheaper than a rundown Sydney home.

As the median house price in Sydney soars to well over a million dollars, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at what a similar price tag can buy in France.

And it turns out you can get far more bang for your buck.  

1. $1.04… (View original article)

Have a look inside Australian couple’s 18th century chateau restoration project [photos]

Image Credits: www.chateaugudanes.com

It looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.

A sleeping beauty of a chateau was neglected and abandoned for years until a family fell in love with the magic of it in 2011.

Chateau de Gudanes, built in the 1740’s, is a 94 room mansion neatly tucked away in the valley of the French Pyrénées. According to its Facebook account, the Class 1 Historic Monument was designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques G… (View original article)

Ottawa hoteliers look for Toronto’s guidance in Airbnb regulations | Ottawa & Re

Ottawa’s hotel lobby group will wait to see what happens in Toronto before pushing for regulations targeting Airbnb, but the hoteliers already know what they want from city hall.

Steve Ball, president of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association, said a municipal licensing system should restrict hosts to posting on Airbnb only their principle residences to avoid the proliferation of hotel-like investment units across Ottawa.

“Just stop the abuse,” Ball said. “All we care… (View original article)

Good News from Bordeaux–More and Better Wines at Good Prices By John Mariani | The Huffington Post


I will readily admit to being a Francophile over a wide range of topics—history, art, architecture, land- and seacape, food and, not least, wine, which is something of a first love because when I was in my salad days it seemed appropriate to drink French wine, after getting over a transient infatuation with Mateus Rose, Blue Nun Liebfraumilch and Bolla Soave.

By the late 1970s, though, not only was more and more interesting wine coming in from Italy, but the California wine r… (View original article)

Academy Awards 2017: From Hollywood History to La La Land at the Chateau Marmont


La La Land’s singing and dancing stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone may be center stage in the Oscar-nominated film, but movie history buffs (and Angelenos) likely noticed another small but significant cameo right at the end when, ahem, the big thing happens. (No spoilers here.)

The Chateau Marmont, Hollywood’s most infamous hotel, makes an appearance, as the final real-life Los Angeles location featured in the film, which has been called a love letter to the city. But it’s not simpl… (View original article)

The Australian couple restoring an 18th century French chateau – Domain


When Perth couple Karina and Craig Waters hired a car and headed on a scenic drive towards the Pyrenees, they weren’t seriously expecting to buy an 18th century, 96-room chateau.

After all, what business would an Australian taxation accountant and a neurological surgeon have in pouring their blood, sweat and savings into a French historical monument with the same protection status as the Eiffel Tower?

In fact, one of the couple’s old friends, a Frenchwoman, had expressly for… (View original article)

Loire Valley: The cycling holiday for people who don’t like cycling


I used to cycle, in the days when it was just a thing normal human beings did, but I apparently missed the memo that went around to all the middle-aged men of my acquaintance saying that when we turned 40 we’d buy expensive road bikes and tear around Box Hill in fetish wear shouting “Smash it!” to each other.

Once, cycling held out the promise of being a universal human activity. When George Orwell wanted to evoke the spirit of eternal Britain, he spoke of “old maids biking to Holy C… (View original article)