My husband and I bought Chateau Montfort in April 2015. It’s namesake, the Béarnaise village of Montfort is nestled amid the emerald foothills of the Pyrenees in South West France. Most French chateaus are generally proportionate to the size of their surrounding town or village. Ours is no exception—think storybook, not Walt Disney; Chateau Montfort is all about understated country charm. It’s soundtrack is the trickling of the stream, the mooing of a cow, and perhaps if it’s peak hour, the erratic chorus of a few sheep bells as the flock trots home across the mint lawn at the bottom of the orchard. Renovation is ongoing and like any building that has been unoccupied for many years, it’s gradually awakening. Years of silent slumber have now been replaced with the laughter of friends and family, the patter of puppy feet and the thunder of 3 children charging up and down the stairs. What was once a house is now a home.
I hope you enjoy the ongoing journey of its renovation, the flavours of my kitchen and stories of life here in the Béarnaise countryside and it’s surrounds.
About the Chateau: