On July 12, 2013, they posted their first picture of the chateau to Instagram. As their renovations flourished, so did the social media account: four years and 635 posts later, the Chateau Gudanes account has attracted nearly 250,000 followers.
People are enamoured with the old-world charm of the property, and the painstaking effort that the Waters are going to.
The restoration will likely be a “lifelong commitment” for the couple, but some of it has already paid off: later this month, guests will flock to Chateau de Gudanes, and they’ll be paying to help restore it.
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“You choose how you fill your days,” the website reads. “To jump in head first – joining in and working side by side with the restorers. Leaving your mark on this extraordinary property.”
An eight-day stay will cost nearly $6000, and a four-day stay will cost around $2300.