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panorama of chateau de saint-germain-des-pres in the countryside

at a Private Château

Get away from everything, and just write your stories

at a private château in France.


November is National Novel Writing Month - also known as NaNoWriMo.

Every story matters.
Let's start writing yours.


Just Write.

We'll take care of everything else.


Three meals a day prepared for you & maximum five other writers. We'll bring your coffee or tea (and maybe a little pastry, too) right to your desk in your private room, if you'd like.


Come and wander the French countryside to let the ideas percolate. Chat to other writers, relax in front of the fire over aperos in the evening, or keep on writing.

Ditch the distractions, leave the daily details to us.

Just write. 


If you’re seeking time and space to yourself to explore your creative writing, consider this your invitation!

How often do you get to stay at a private château in quintessential France, and explore your dreams? 

You deserve some space for yourself, to escape the daily distractions (let alone the stress of the daily news cycle). Your job, your family, the housework consume a lot of your day - maybe it's time for just you and your writing. 

Live your French experience, find new inspiration, connect with your writing community, and tell your stories. 

Your Private Château

The Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés is our year-round home. We're not open to the public, or as a B&B. 

The tower, containing a stone spiral staircase, and parts of the château date to the 16th century. The 'blazon' or crest of a noble family is carved over the tower door. 

Enjoy the château common rooms, your spacious private bedroom with king bed and writing desk, and 15 ha of private grounds during your stay. Wander the quaint little town of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or the surrounding quiet roads.

Share meals prepared by your hosts, celebrating all that French cuisine offers, including delicacies from our Périgord region - truffles, walnuts, local cheeses, and other specialties.

Start Your Writing Residency Today!

One Week Residency

  • November 5th  - 11th 2023 or

  • November 12th - 18th 2023

  • 6 nights & 7 days

Cost: €950

Two Week Residency

  • November 5th  - 18th 2023

  • 13 nights & 14 days

Cost: €1800

  • En-suite or shared shower room; shared w.c.

  • All on-site meals, snacks & beverages (wine & non-alcoholic)

  • Transportation not included

  • Travel cancellation insurance recommended

  • FAQs

  • Terms and Conditions

Special Gift!

Something special you can use during your stay & take home after will be waiting for you!

Reserve your spot by completing the registration form below. We'll be in touch with 24 hours confirming space is available (don't forget to check your spam or junk folder for email from admin(a), and sending the link for your deposit page. 


Thanks for registering to our event. See you there!

About Your Hosts

Sara&Steve at their Chateau

We are Sara & Stephen Cole, Canadians who dreamt of moving to Europe, and France in particular. In 2020 we 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?” 


We toured some properties and found the one that captured our hearts, Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A year later, we made the move to France to start our new adventure in our beautiful Château.

We created “Manor and Maker” to reflect the two sides of our adventure. One, to live as chateau owners with all the ups and downs and two, to pursue our passions as makers, creating art in all its forms. We 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.


"I had a wonderful experience at Chateau de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, aka Manor & Maker. What Sara and Steve are doing is so very special. I felt so at ease there, so welcomed, and so supported, and it turned out, that was absolutely essential. Honestly, stress and starvation aren't the keys to artistic freedom -- encouragement, safety, and good food are. I needed time and space to let my creativity return and regrow and that's precisely what I found there. I'll be back as soon as I can!" -- Ella G.

"I couldn’t have asked for a better week—great company, great conversation, great food!  Sara and Steve were so kind, providing a beautiful room where I could work on my writing.  And one of their little dogs, Dexter, would check up on me.  If he deemed it a productive day, he would then take me on a walk. The French countryside is beautiful, and the people are warm and friendly. A week well spent!." -- T. C.

Frequently Asked Questions


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