In 1745, Louis-Gaspard de Sales had built the façade of the very old castle.
But the Marquis de Gudanes could not have imagined its future showcase, Instagram, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook that would make its reputation hundreds of years later.
The castle of the one who was called the "King of the Pyrenees" is today present on all social networks.
More than 400,000 people follow the news of the restoration of the 94 rooms of the castle.
Bought in 2013 by an Australian family from Perth, the Waters family, the 17th century building is currently being restored.
Abandoned for years, the castle is now enjoying a second life.
While searching on the Internet for a property to buy in France, the son of the current owners stumbled upon this castle built in 1745 on an old fortress building dating back to the 13th century.
They do not hesitate to make the trip to discover it, fall in love with it, decide to buy it.
The crazy adventure begins. For the castle, owned since 1989 by English investors who had once thought of transforming it into luxury apartments, before giving up in the face of the requirements set by the Historical Monuments that listed the building in 1994, has since been abandoned.
Staged at the time of the net, hundreds of thousands of followers
The computer staging of the restoration is remarkable
The human adventure has become universal thanks to the hundreds of thousands of "followers" who, on Facebook or Instagram, have appropriated this beautiful story. The owners were able to share their vision of this castle life through clichés and fleeting moments of happiness: the arrival of a new season, the fog enveloping the castle, a candlelit dinner, the life of the volunteers who came from all over the world to help restore the place, a fashion "shooting" for Vogue... but also by recounting in detail their restoration work and administrative hassles...
The castle of Gudanes, as well as the portal and its gate, the floors of the rising alley and the three terraces, have been classified as historical monuments since June 14, 1994.
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