france part 1: the chateau

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If you are on instagram with any regularity you may have seen that I was in France in July for a photographic/video/flower workshop hosted by Flore Addison (she's on instagram as @the.flo.show) in her family's chateau (yep, her family's CHATEAU) in Burgundy. It was a total triumph. Ladies came from all over the world to learn from teachers Lean Timms, Xanthe Berekely, Meghan Faulker (and moi, I suppose, although I feel like a total douche for writing that). As workshops go, this one was a standout. The food, the venue, the opportunities to learn, the company ... it was like an Masters in Chasing Beauty condensed into five days.

If you have any interest photography (even as a complete beginner), or even more generally an interest in creating beauty, I highly recommend you keep your eyes peeled for the next workshop Flo hosts here. It probably won't be until next year, so in the meantime, I thought'd I give you a really comprehensive look at what we got up to. It will be broken up into several parts: the food, the gardens and barns, the flowers and table settings and the teachers. But first I wanted to start with a house tour of the chateau, which as you will see, is spectacular. Enjoy!

Flo at the main entrance

Flo at the main entrance

The entrance hall. Through the door on the left you'll find the petit salon - a cosy, casual room off the kitchen where the family eats breakfast. Behind us is the door into the grand salon and to the right is the formal dining room.

The entrance hall. Through the door on the left you'll find the petit salon - a cosy, casual room off the kitchen where the family eats breakfast. Behind us is the door into the grand salon and to the right is the formal dining room.

The grand salon, the regular spot for the evening aperitif. 

The grand salon, the regular spot for the evening aperitif. 

The formal dining room

The formal dining room

The tiny but perfectly formed kitchen. As an Aussie it is so funny to me that such a gorgeous, grand house has such a small kitchen (Aussie kitchens seem to be getting bigger by the second, many with massive island benches and built in cupboards everywhere). Having an entire subterranean floor as a cellar certainly takes the pressure of having to have storage space in the kitchen.

The tiny but perfectly formed kitchen. As an Aussie it is so funny to me that such a gorgeous, grand house has such a small kitchen (Aussie kitchens seem to be getting bigger by the second, many with massive island benches and built in cupboards everywhere). Having an entire subterranean floor as a cellar certainly takes the pressure of having to have storage space in the kitchen.

The petit salon

The petit salon

The petit salon, the door leads into the kitchen.

The petit salon, the door leads into the kitchen.

Now let's go upstairs. The second floor has four bedrooms - the blue room, the pink room, Flo's parents' room (which I did not take any photos of because it felt way too invasive, but let me assure you it is beautiful with wonderful, rich floral wallpaper) and then the sweetest little matchbox of a bedroom right off the staircase.

Now let's go upstairs. The second floor has four bedrooms - the blue room, the pink room, Flo's parents' room (which I did not take any photos of because it felt way too invasive, but let me assure you it is beautiful with wonderful, rich floral wallpaper) and then the sweetest little matchbox of a bedroom right off the staircase.

The matchbox room ... my favourite in the whole house.

The matchbox room ... my favourite in the whole house.

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The blue room

The pink room

The pink room

The pink room

The pink room

Let's go upstairs again to the third floor.

Let's go upstairs again to the third floor.

Does this wallpaper not take you breath away?

Does this wallpaper not take you breath away?

And this floor! The top floor is tiled with these lovely hexagonal, ancient tiles. Some are painted red, other are left au natural.

And this floor! The top floor is tiled with these lovely hexagonal, ancient tiles. Some are painted red, other are left au natural.

When you arrive at the top floor (completely puffed if you are anything like me) this is what you are greeted with. An impossibly beautiful landing with proper wood linen cupboards, a perfect table and an old zinc bathtub. To the left is the laundry and to the right are five bedrooms - less grand than the second floors ones, but still so charming. I am sorry to say I did not take photos of these rooms, but I will when I return.

When you arrive at the top floor (completely puffed if you are anything like me) this is what you are greeted with. An impossibly beautiful landing with proper wood linen cupboards, a perfect table and an old zinc bathtub. To the left is the laundry and to the right are five bedrooms - less grand than the second floors ones, but still so charming. I am sorry to say I did not take photos of these rooms, but I will when I return.

Another view of the landing

Another view of the landing

And here is the laundry believe it or not. Isn't it wonderful? Flo's mother has her office here too - it is a large, light filled room - and the sink and washing machines are off to the right. I slept in here for a few nights, cocooned by the warmth of the dryer and the sweet smell of clean sheets. It was heaven.

And here is the laundry believe it or not. Isn't it wonderful? Flo's mother has her office here too - it is a large, light filled room - and the sink and washing machines are off to the right. I slept in here for a few nights, cocooned by the warmth of the dryer and the sweet smell of clean sheets. It was heaven.

Photo by Flore Addison (@the.flo.show) And here is the vast cellar - this is just a small part of it - where they store fruit, vegetables, preserves, Flo's father's homemade apple cider, wine, firewood, scraps to be taken out to the compost heap, baskets, spare jars ... you name it.

Photo by Flore Addison (@the.flo.show)

And here is the vast cellar - this is just a small part of it - where they store fruit, vegetables, preserves, Flo's father's homemade apple cider, wine, firewood, scraps to be taken out to the compost heap, baskets, spare jars ... you name it.