Life has taken something of a dip and we write to ask your assistance, please. Some years ago, pre-dip, we bought a massive house with heartbreakingly beautiful views in a quiet village in southwestern France. It is nestled below the chateau of Hautefort (watch the Drew Barrymore film, "Ever After", which was filmed at the chateau, to get an idea of the region)
and has delightful views of it from the upper windows. As the village is a site of national heritage, no new structures will be built to block that view.
To the other side, the views are of a lovely valley:
It is a massive house, with about 350 square meters (over 3,760 square feet), of two floors, plus large attic and basement. It has a small garden in to which a pool could be fitted. It is in the centre of the village, which is extremely charming and, as we say, quiet. There are two or three lovely restaurants nearby, a cafe, a newspaper and magazine shop, a very successful antiques shop. The local primary school is further up the road, opposite the award-winning bakery. The chateau gets about 80,000 tourists per year, mostly in the summer.
We had grand plans for transforming the house into a centre for French Genealogy Studies in English on the ground floor, with rooms above where you, Dear Readers could stay. We began the works and gutted the house entirely, from the attic:
to the basement:
The ground floor, which once had shops, was ideal for a couple of lecture spaces, we thought:
The upstairs, which once had six tiny rooms, could have two or three grand ones (or a ballet school):
It has eight doors, five along the front:
And seventeen windows.
While we were in the middle of the gutting phase, and before we could replace the roof, those infamous bankers wiped out our savings and brought the project to not just a halt but a demise. We had no choice but to try to sell. But we have not been able to sell this poor beauty, even after repeatedly dropping the price, which is now at 65,000 euros.
Now, Dear Readers, we are asking your help, for we are in great need of it. Do you know someone who dreams of coming to France? Who dreams of a restoration project? If so, would you please send them this post? If you are big users of Twitter, would you please retweet it or pass it on in any other way that you know?
We would be most grateful.