How to buy a dream chateau in France & create a business

By Valérie Aston on 25 April 2024 · Viewed 326 times · Questions

I have recently started a series of expat interviews on my YouTube channel. The objective is to share with you the real stories of fellow expats who moved to France and successfully created a French business.

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah and Stephen Cole from Manor & Maker, who moved from Ontario, Canada in 2021 and bought an 11-bedroom chateau in Dordogne. 

Discover the real life of chateau owners in France

After restoring several rooms to welcome guests, Sara and Stephen launched a creative retreat business, as well as created a strong community on YouTube.

In this interview, Sarah & Stephen Cole share their experience on:

  • How to find your dream chateau in France?
  • The reality of restoring an 11-bedroom chateau in France.
  • Preparing for a new life in France.
  • How to create a creative community around a chateau restoration project?
  • Creating a retreat business around the chateau.
  • Their future projects.

What does a dream chateau project in France look like?

If your dream project involves buying a chateau, manor or large property, watch my interview with Sarah & Stephen Cole from Manor & Maker in Dordogne.

They are sharing their experience in looking for a dream chateau in France and starting a creative retreat business from scratch.

We talk about the chateau search, moving to France from Canada, meeting up with the Maire and taking part in Journée du Patrimoine shortly after landing, restoration projects, entrepreneurs & chateau owners network, starting a business and visa issues.

This interview is very inspiring and I love Sara & Stephen's clear vision from the start, as to what would be the ideal property for their business project.

Watch the interview.

How to buy a dream chateau in France & create a business

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About the author: Valérie Aston

I've been helping people who want to start or already have a small business set up in France since 2009. After graduating from a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, I worked as a senior marketing consultant in the UK and France for various International companies. I worked as a conseillère en création d'entreprises (senior business advisor) for BGE here in France and run this independent business on a daily basis.