I have news of an amazing giveaway for you! I recently sat down to talk to Jane Webster. The plan was for me to drive to her château, which is less than an hour from here. But because of COVID, we each stayed safe at home, and our chat took place via an Instagram video (you can listen to our conversation on the podcast link below!):
Jane has a wonderful story to tell. Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, she and her husband harboured a dream of one day owning their own French château. They bought the Château de Bosgouet nearly 20 years ago and completely renovated it, bringing it back to its 19th-century charm and grandeur.
I loved chatting with Jane; she is very down to earth and happy to share the ups and downs of buying a huge property on the other side of the world, then hauling a young family to a country where none of them spoke the language.
Jane is a powerhouse. As well as renovating, furnishing, decorating and running this huge (28 bedroom!) château, she also hosts a book club, writes books, runs tours and runs her website and social media… single-handed!
Jane and her husband agree that a château of this size needs to be full of people. To that end, they have invented their “Château Life Residency.” A delightful concoction that lands somewhere in between a B&B and the best house party ever. Guests have their own room and bathroom, and the Residency includes breakfast and afternoon tea plus so much more. Jane arranges for classes, trips to the local markets, visits to local producers and cooking and wine tastings. Each guest can get as involved as they wish, or simply use the château as their base, and do their own thing.
Most generously, Jane is offering a one-month Residency to one of our MFCH readers! The prize can be redeemed in 2021 (or even 2022, depending on travel restrictions). It is very easy to take part – simply be sure to follow Jane on Instagram @janewebsterthefrenchtable and also follow our magazine Instagram @mfchmagazine, then click HERE to enter the giveaway (note there are several options for multiple entries). The winner will be announced on the 30th of November.
Good luck! I am very excited to see who wins this amazing prize.
To listen to my conversation with Jane and hear more about her French life and her Château Residency, just click below.