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Welcome to Manor & Maker.

We created an inspiring space for like-minded people to come together and enjoy their pursuits in a unique and friendly environment. 

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Our home "Manor" is the Chateau de Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Dordogne, France. We invite you to join us on our adventures as we work to make this house our home. We want you to share in our lives as we adapt to a new life and new ventures in this stunning property.

"Maker" is our desire for people to come together and create wonderful things. From artists and makers, to life events and wellness practitioners, to people who want to come together through their passion, we want our communal work space to become a destination. Our facilities are adaptable from intimate gatherings to larger groups, all in the beautiful surroundings of quintessentially French countryside.

Upcoming Events


Creative Awakening Retreat
Discover your inner artist & create something beautiful.

What would have to be true?

These British-Canadians BOUGHT A CHATEAU 2 years ago - here's how it went! | Manor & Maker

These British-Canadians BOUGHT A CHATEAU 2 years ago - here's how it went! | Manor & Maker

It's our two-year, 100-vlog anniversary! We do a recap of some highlights, have a very special update from one of our previous guests, and Steve gets out in the heat for some plein air painting. Thank you to all our viewers for making the last 2 years so special and interesting! #chateau #howitstarted #expat Manor & Maker theme music by Jamie Christopherson and Jeff MacDonald for Louder Productions. Follow us on Instagram @manorandmaker Sara, an IT professional & Stephen a graphic designer and artist are world-traveling Canadians who dreamt of moving to Europe, and France in particular. In 2020 they were working from home when Stephen turned to Sara and popped the question she was longing to hear, “What would have to be true for us to buy a chateau in France?” They searched online for months viewing hundreds of properties. They narrowed their search and toured some properties when they happened upon the one that captured our hearts, Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A year later they made the move to France to start their new adventure in our beautiful Château. They created “Manor and Maker” to reflect the two sides of their adventure. One, to live as chateau owners with all the ups and downs and two, to pursue their passions as makers, creating art in all its forms. They will invite others to come together, united by their passions, to share in this adventure. We invite you to join us too, as we bring our dreams to life. Welcome to Manor & Maker.
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