MY HOME IS A CASTLE--the tale of how and why I became a chatelain , four times .This is my present home. If you are visiting for the first time you may care to read the older posts first.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Well where to start?  For anyone who remembers me, please accept my apologies for abruptly disapearing  but I am afraid a major health problem cropped up, one that has been monopolising my life for the past four years. However on the bright side I am still around and kicking ( sort of ) so today I decided to leave a hello note on my blog.

To pass time whilst immobile I  decided to write a book about my passion for ' la vie du chateaux' but now even after 28,000 words I  am  doubting my writing ability, and whether the subject matter is interesting enough, so the eagerness to continue is waning.  I am , at present, living with my partner plus  an afghan hound and three donkeys, in the fourth Château here in the Auvergne. It is an extremely pretty building in a wonderful setting, however we have lived here now for six years and  the urge to move is cropping up again  . My ancestors must all have been nomads!  I think the present  inactive property market will solve that problem for me , but I would be interested in what you think?

Until my next blog, keep well and happy everyone
au revoir! x


  1. hello delphine how nice! welcome back and
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  2. Thankyou Sonya I trust you are good at present.

  3. Hello Delphine, I hope healing for you!

  4. Dear Delphine,

    I am currently staying at Chateau de la Roche-Hué. Searching for some history I came accross your blog and have been reading all the posts. Breathtaking story, you indeed live a dream. I hope to read more of the properties you've had, just out of curiosity.



  5. Hello Marcel, Thankyou for your comments . I am sure you are enjoying your stay at la Roche Hue, for me the seven years we spent there were the best in my lifetime restoring life into the beautiful old building, and now the new owners have rebuilt the old stables it is indeed splendid.

    my best regards to you.

    There are a lot of us out here who would love to read your divine words!

    1. Thanks for your comment la Contessa, I am passionate about writing and am working on more than one project- perhaps that's my problem!

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  10. Hope you are well & come back to update us on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it. Take care

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  12. Dear Delphine,
    My name is Joe Pinzone and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in France and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

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  14. @efervessant Dear Madam,

    I've got an interested on your Château d'Origny. Is it still up for sale? Renting eventually?
    My great-grandfather owned it between the 30's and 70's.
    His name was Eugéne Goyet, former silk trader in China. He bought the castle after coming back, from Xanghai.
    He lived in the castle till the age of 94, after a fall in the bathtube were he broke his hip. Died during surgery. My great-grandmother kept living there until my great aunt sold it to an Insurance Company that used it for semminars and workshops. Then it was sold for an event business (parties, weddings, etc.) and I assume they sold it to you.
    I have been to the castle on August 11th, but couldn't find anybody. Not even your donkeys (I had been there in 2012 and saw one of them - alone - still have a picture). I've started looking for more news with the front door mail indications and the internet helped me getting to you. I hope you and your husband are well and would most grateful for news on the castle and your experience living there. Although never being into it, my childhood in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro - where my grandmother and grandfather moved during the war, with their children - my mother, two sisters and two brothers*), had plenty of stories about Origny. It was quite a fairy tale for us grandchildren, born and raised in a far tropical country.
    Due to family reasons (my father had also emigrated from Trieste - Italy) and being too young to travel in the 60's, I hadn't the opportunity to spend vacations there before its sale. Hope hearing from you soon!
    Best regards,
    Jacques Nicolas Perroy-Rebelli *my uncle Bernard Perroy was born in the castle.