Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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French dreams & grand designs: chateau renovation in the Dordogne

This is the story of the renovation of a fabulous 15th century Chateau in the Dordogne region of France. The year was 1996 and I was on my yearly visit to Paris. I was having lunch with a friend when she said, “Why don’t we go visit my sister in the Dordogne?”

Key Takeaways:

  • The renovation of Monsieur de la Ville was committed to using only materials that were also used in the 15th century when the Chateau was built. Of course, that didn’t mean heat, electricity and Internet.
  • The broken floors were fixed with either reclaimed stone or wood; whichever was originally used. All the walls were cleaned, plastered and painted with only colors available at the time the Chateau was built, primarily ecru, peach and pale yellow.
  • In later years, only a small stove and refrigerator were in a tiny room off the central hallway. They never thought of a kitchen as a room to socialize in, but in my home it is the room where everyone gathers before, during, and after meals.

“When the project was finished it had a foyer, a total of ten bedrooms, nine bathrooms, sitting room, dining room, family kitchen, laundry room and staff apartment.”

About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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