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

at a Private Château

Get away from everything, and just write for a month,

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.


Stay for the whole month of November, 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. 

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Horizon View of the Chateau

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 chateau 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. 


Start Your Writing Retreat Today!

Cost: € 750 per week

  • November 1st through 30th, 2022

  • Choose your dates, minimum 6 night stay

  • Spacious private room with king bed and writing area

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

  • Private chateau with 15 ha of grounds for wandering

  • All on-site meals, snacks & beverages

  • Transportation not included

  • Travel cancellation insurance recommended

  • FAQs

  • Terms and Conditions

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 payment page. 


Thanks for registering to our event. See you there!

Sara&Steve at their Chateau

About Your Hosts

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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