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Stephen and Sara Cole moved from southern Ontario, Canada to Dordogne, France in 2019 to start an adventure to see "what would have to be true for us to live in a chateau in France?". In 2021, we realized the dream to find our chateau, and begin the next adventure to create maker and exhibition spaces in a glorious setting.

We searched online for months viewing hundreds of properties. We narrowed our search and toured some properties when we happened upon the one that captured our hearts, Château de Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

A year later we finished 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 you to come together, united by your 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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Come stay with us and share in our adventure. 

We want to be surrounded by people who love to create, and be with others unapologetically loving what inspires them. Imagine for a moment that feeling - then join us. 

We live in the chateau year round, with our two small dogs, Charlie & Dexter. It's our home, it's never been anything but a home for the past 500 years, as far as we know.  Nestled in our sweet little town of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it's an authentic slice of French life. 

By participating your own creative experience here, you're helping to keep this piece of French heritage alive for future generations. 

We can't wait to welcome you to our home. 

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