Here is the story of a most remarkable 18th century château saved from dereliction by a young couple with loads of energy and great ideas.
The Château Margüi in the South of France was discovered by its present owners, Philippe and Marie: it had been abandoned for half a century and was without heating, without mains water and with ceilings collapsing while the grounds were disappearing behind a forest of unkempt undergrowth.
Over ten years they have not only renovated the château to create a stunning family home, but they have also renovated the extensive vineyards, and today produce an outstanding, organic wine.
On the ground floor of the chateau, they ripped out walls and inserted huge windows to create a large, kitchen, dining, living area with a very contemporary feel.
Elsewhere on the ground floor they have created another large space dedicated to music.
Upstairs, there are large, sparsely furnished rooms for the whole family, (they have five young children) that remain beautifully in keeping with the spirit of the Provençal château.
It would be many people's dream to raise a young family on a property like this, and I love the way they have kept the interior very down to earth and approachable , rather than filling the chateau with priceless antiques.
This view over the rooftops of the property give a feel for the typical south french forest or maquis, that surrounds the château Margüi
If you would like to try their wines you can find all the information here
Photos thanks to Art & Decoration magazine