Projects Restoration Chateau
Follow our restoration journey as we peel back the layers of time & craftsmanship
Built in 1820 this Normandy gem had the good fortune to be redesigned by the designer of The Ritz, Monsieur Georges Farcy for the Bon Marché family in 1910. The chateau has been untouched since the retreating German army removed the heating system in the 1940’s. Eisenhower moved into the chateau when he was appointed supreme commander of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of north-western Europe.
Restoration Chateau is a classical Parisian design, with 57 rooms, 22 ensuite bedrooms (revolutionary for its time), 8 staterooms and 27 acres. Over the coming months please join us on a journey of discovery as we piece together history and restore this classic building back to its former glory.

Early morning at the chateau and we took the plast Early morning at the chateau and we took the plastic protection off yesterday so you can start to see the building for the first time for over a year - gleaming away as if she had just been built ...( still working on the lower part but you can’t gain access to that until the scaffolding is down ) .....the early morning first sun starting to filter through the 300 year old Cedar of Lebanon , one of my favorite trees - and the utter stillness of the park . 
There is something truly magical about this space the origins of the monastery on this site as a Commanderie ,(which was the Knights of the Templar ) date back to the 12th Century, hence the secret tunnel apparently under the garden room in the corner of this picture - not sure I’m going to be allowed to dig up the stunning encaustic tiles in the room to find it though ! Lol #restorationchateau #chateaurestoration #chateau #château #privatepark #ceaderoflebanon #knightstemplar #commanderie #balleroycastle #balleroy #bayeaux #escapetothechateau

Early morning at the chateau and we took the plastic protection off yesterday so you can start to see the building for the first time for over a year - gleaming away as if she had just been built ...( still working on the lower part but you can’t gain access to that until the scaffolding is down ) .....the early morning first sun starting to filter through the 300 year old Cedar of Lebanon , one of my favorite trees - and the utter stillness of the park .
There is something truly magical about this space the origins of the monastery on this site as a Commanderie ,(which was the Knights of the Templar ) date back to the 12th Century, hence the secret tunnel apparently under the garden room in the corner of this picture - not sure I’m going to be allowed to dig up the stunning encaustic tiles in the room to find it though ! Lol #restorationchateau #chateaurestoration #chateau #château #privatepark #ceaderoflebanon #knightstemplar #commanderie #balleroycastle #balleroy #bayeaux #escapetothechateau
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The wonderful original encaustic floor tiles have The wonderful original encaustic floor tiles have all been cleaned , polished and sealed - gleaming again like the day they were laid in 1911.
 It’s remarkable to think its had the SS jack boots marching over them when it was their HQ followed by Eisenhower and the Allied troops as their base for operation overlord ... and yet there they sit , looking as if nothing had happened .It really goes to prove the enduring quality of the materials the family used in creating the chateau .We are so lucky .
#entrancehall #staircase #encaustic #encaustictiles #chateau #château #restorationchateau #chateaurestoration #chateaurescue #operationoverlord #overlord #eisenhower

The wonderful original encaustic floor tiles have all been cleaned , polished and sealed - gleaming again like the day they were laid in 1911.
It’s remarkable to think its had the SS jack boots marching over them when it was their HQ followed by Eisenhower and the Allied troops as their base for operation overlord ... and yet there they sit , looking as if nothing had happened .It really goes to prove the enduring quality of the materials the family used in creating the chateau .We are so lucky .
#entrancehall #staircase #encaustic #encaustictiles #chateau #château #restorationchateau #chateaurestoration #chateaurescue #operationoverlord #overlord #eisenhower
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