Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles

I went to a dinner party... & bought the château!

February 17, 2023 Jane Hiscock Season 3 Episode 93
Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles
I went to a dinner party... & bought the château!
Show Notes

Jane Hiscock and her husband Steve have both always loved France. They originally travelled there every couple of years before starting their family many years ago. Then in 2010 they went to Paris to start a search for a Paris apartment, but before commencing that task, they travelled to stay with friends in Normandy who invited them to a party at a place they called the "chocolate box château". It was a beautiful place renovated by a New York interior designer who threw wonderful parties. They went to a luncheon that continued through into the night and by the end of the evening it became apparent that the château was for sale and that was it! They were both sold! From that point Château Jonquay became a significant part of Jane's and her family's life.  
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Built in 1635 we hear in this chat the fascinating history as well as the ways the château has evolved for a modern world. Jane tells of the château's secrets uncovered including a possible WW2  mystery. 
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At one point through the many renovation projects, Jane realised she was going to be there doing the work on her own. None of the family was available to join her so she put out a message to her networks and 10 girlfriends came to stay and assist! Jane's request stated that if they wanted to come and experience French food, French wine, French men and were happy to pick up a paintbrush then this was the (working) holiday for them!
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Jane has recently made a scented candle of the smell she feels wraps her up when at the château. Lighting that when she's back in Melbourne takes her right back there. Perhaps Château Jonquay never really leaves her anyway and is always in her heart.
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Come and escape to France momentarily with us.

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Louise Prichard is the host of the Loulabelle's FrancoFiles podcast.
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