This is our first ever episode of ‘Cadeaux at the Chateau’, when the inhabitants of the Chateau de Lalande gather together to receive the beautiful gifts that people have sent to us from all over the world. I used to show the gifts as part of ‘The Chateau Diaries’ episodes, but you’re all so very generous that we have many gifts, and if we spent the episodes opening them, we wouldn’t be able to show you other aspects of chateau life! So, for those of you who enjoy watching presents being opened, and as a way to thank those of you who were kind enough to send them, I’ve made this new video series. Every now and then, we will film your beautiful gifts whilst enjoying afternoon tea or aperitif together.

It is very important to me that you know that we in no way expect anyone to send us gifts. I would like to go further than that and add that, if doing so will put you in any financial difficulty whatsoever, please, please do not send us anything. Knowing that you join us by watching ‘The Chateau Diaries’ gives us all an enormous boost. But for those of you who have sent these incredibly thoughtful gifts, I hope that seeing us open them gives you a fraction of the joy that you’ve given us 💖💖💖

A very special thank you to all of you who have become Patrons of the Chateau de Lalande. You have made The Chateau Diaries one of the top 1000 Patreon accounts in the world, and have transformed not only out lives here, but the future of this beautiful chateau! I’m overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. On behalf of this beautiful chateau that will continue to survive and flourish because of you, thank you!!! If you’re interested in become a Patron of The Chateau Diaries, click here: https://www.patreon.com/thechateaudiaries


  1. Ellen (Eileen) Smith

    Thanks Stephanie for Cadeaux at the Chateau. It’s very exciting, opening all those gift with you. I think they give pleasure to the people who send them to you and to the people watching. Also I think it also might help people to promote their products, crafts or talents so it would be a win win for everyone – especially in these troubling times for some small businesses and self-employed.

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