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Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 5

Before and after pictures of renovating the chateau

The chateau's front facade

We've got people coming for dinner tonight so I haven't got time to write anything much. I have, however, dug out a couple of "before" and "after" photos of the front facade.

Industrial bleach was needed for the stone work

Things chop and change of course, and things also get improved a little more each year. Below is the front facade of the house when we bought it. My husband treated the stone work, which was dark grey with dirt and age, with industrial bleach.

Renovating property is hard work

It burns! It really burns and he had to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves despite the heat. I can't remember how long it took him to work his way around the entire outside of the house, moving the scaffolding as he went. Perhaps a month? You can see the dribbles of bleach at the top of the photo. It was a grey and dreary old building. I don't know what possessed us to buy it actually! The second picture is what the front facade is like now, though on the western side it needs re-bleaching in a few places.

Fixing the shutters

Just those shutters took an eternity. We removed the shutters from the two balcony windows because they were so broken, it really wasn't worth repairing them.

Shutters now fixed in the open position

After the first year of letting the property to holiday-makers, some four or five years later, we fixed the shutters permanently in the open position because guests would leave them banging around in the wind and then they'd have to be repaired all over again. That's all I've got time for today!

Further parts of the blog which may be of interest:


Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 1
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 2
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 3
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 4
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 6
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 7
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 8
Tales of renovating a chateau in France - Real life story - Part 9

About the author

Catherine Broughton is a published author, blogger, poet and artist. With her husband and family, she has spent several years renovating a 17th century chateau in the Charente-Maritime department of Poitou-Charentes.

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