Why I love being around Stephanie Jarvis

One of the most loveable people I know <3


I´ve decided I want to do a few regular posts from now on, starting with writing about the people in my life who inspires me. I thought I would tell you about Stephanie Jarvis.

When I booked my ticket to France I never imagined meeting someone like Stephanie. It all started in Norwich, September last year. I had moved to the Uk and was staying with family while I was looking for a job. I had a vague plan, I was going to settle down in Norwich and find a job, which never happened. Instead, I signed up for workaway and before I knew it, I was sitting on a flight to Limoges. I remember being so excited about getting the opportunity to stay and live in a chateau. Stephanie´s chateau!

Now, after almost 5 months of living with this remarkable and hilarious woman, I feel the time has come to tell you about her. Stephanie bought Chateau de la Lande almost 14 years ago with her ex-boyfriend. Since then she has renovated and decorated the chateau, whilst also living a fun and admirable life.


so pretty

So, here is why I love being around Stephanie:

<3 She loves robes

and she wears them more than you wear your office shirt. Stephanie has a good collection of beautiful robes. She always looks stunning coming down for her morning tea, even if she´s just woken up and hasn´t looked in the mirror. Yes, she is that girl!

<3 so dam polite

I guess being British has something to do with it. She is always so polite, even if I break her porcelain. Haha. Sometimes I swear she pretends that she doesn’t hear the glass hit the floor. (Not that I break that much….)

<3 Easy to please

She always has the biggest smile and sweetest face. When I give her a cup of tea in bed, or just when she talks to her mother on the phone. A piece of chocolate or an avocado toast could solve world problems.

<3 Incredible fun

I think our age difference is around 16 years, but I rarely think about it. Stephanie is so fun and giggly that I sometimes think she is younger than me.


<3 She is a romantic fairytale lover

From an early age, Stephanie decided that she wanted to live in a castle, and now she does. She loves all the epic fun that comes with a chateau life and so does all of her friends. If prince charming came riding in on a white horse, all would be well.

<3 She keeps surprising me

Stephanie is so incredibly smart, compassionate and dedicated. She always seems to impress me, whether it´s jumpstarting a car, singing opera, playing the piano or driving the tractor.

<3 Happy when upset

Sometimes when Stephanie says she is in a bad mood she has the lightest and cutest voice. It´s hard to believe she´s actually sad!


<3 Patience

She is one incredibly patient woman, especially with other people. The other day she sat in the car waiting for me to finish some food shopping. I think I was gone for hours!

<3 Ambitious as hell

If there´s one thing that I adore about people, it´s ambition. There is something about people that have that extra gear and determination to reach their dreams. Stephanie is one of those people.


Love, Marie xx

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  1. Hej Marie,
    Spændende at følge dig og tak fordi du nævnte workaway, nu er jeg også medlem😉👍
    Jeg håber en dag at kunne opholde mig på et fantastisk slot i Frankrig også👍!
    Ha’ det godt og nyd hvert et åndedrag!


  2. What a lovely and genuine sentiment. I enjoy all your contributions , you are a vivacious girl with I think an e citing time ahead. Jennifer

  3. I’ve absolutely loved watching her vlog, and watching to see what you’ve come up with in the kitchen! I’m pretty sure Stephanie Jarvis is my spirit animal and I want to be her when I grow up. 🙂 <3

  4. I really enjoyed watching your time with Stephanie at La lande; , never miss a Chateau diary , do you plan to return again ??

  5. I have been in the hospital for over 3 months. During my stay I have enjoyed watching Stephanie’s blog. She and her, friends and Chateau life have made my stay bearable. Thank you, Katherine Edward’s, Ottawa General Hopsital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    1. Oh hello Katherine! I am so sorry about my late reply! I havent had my notifications on! I hope youre much better and have recoverd from your hospital stay! I´m pleased to hear that the Chateau diaries have given you so much joy xx

  6. Hi Marie out of all the chateau diy programs lalande is the best stephanie and all her family are so funny I watch every vlog and cannot wait for the next I hope you get to return there soon as I love the vlogs with you in them you to are very talented and funny stay safe and well lots if love Debbie xxxx

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I’m glad you enjoy the Chateau diaries. I hope to return soon. I’m so looking forward to life there again. 🙂 Stay safe xx

  7. What I luv about Stephanie is her huge Zest for living. Combining many avenues without a dot of stress….Her family…Mumm—ie of course …everyones fav Gerry ..Percy succinct replies sets his place from not being over ridden by strong currents ..I luv the way Stephanie kindly pushes her drive past Mumm —ie another strong character. I luv Stephanie’s mention of her father his art is deeply ingrained. Does Stephanie ever get over wrought????? With her heavy load? Now Marie never underestimate why you add to this scene. So Versatile… Love your attitude on the programme….makes me smile…it broadcasts silently how you are part of the show!!! Very adaptable too not talking here now of nude poses Ha ha (brave)?? Lockdown’s escape !!! Oh Stephanie is so loved by all even Ex Boyfriends xxx

    1. Hey Annabel. What a lovely name! Glad you liked the post. It was so fun to write. Stephanie is a ray of sunshine! Thats for sure. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m definetly going to braven myself more and expand in any way that I can ♥️ Hope you are well during these times x

  8. We love YOU on the show as well. I have been inspired by your flower arrangements and great attitude! Finding this vlog was a gift during this time of lockdown!


    Beth from LA

  9. Hei Marie !
    Håper du har det bra, og er frisk og rask.
    Jeg har sett mer på YouTube dette året enn noe annet. (Pleide å gå på kino minst to ganger i uka). Først datt Michaels slottsserie inn i feeden min, og det var interessant å se annet enn Manglerud Oslo, her i gamle Steinrøysa !
    En dag senere poppet Stephanie & co opp.
    Og jeg tenkte ; ” Den dama er temmelig eksentrisk. Litt småvill faktisk.” (Det var party på gang).” Lurer på om hele gjengen er likedan ? ”
    Etterhvert forsto jeg at alle var en sammensveiset gjeng med entusiaster, som hadde det moro oppi all jobbingen.
    Du burde absolutt dra tilbake når du kan !
    Jeg er sikker på at Stephanie og gjengen savner deg…. 😊
    Hilsen Nina

    1. Åh hallo fine du! Så koselig med melding!! 🙂 Glad du fant frem til Stephanie. Hun er en herlig og eksentrisk dame. Elsket å bo der og jeg skal faktisk tilbake nå i August. Gleder meg masse. Blir stas å få kunne være litt fri og få være i Frankriket igjen. Håper at du er frisk også? Håper at vi snart kan gå tilbake til normalen.
      Klem fra Marie ♥️

  10. Loved seeing you in the vlogs. Such a great rapport with Stephanie . Hope you come back soon

    1. Thank you si much Helen! Sorry for my late reply! Been so busy with the Youtube thingy! Hope to get into routines with my blog soon as I do love writing! I am coming back soon! xx

  11. Hello Marie well you have come back. What does the future hold for you I wonder. Are you going to always stay at lalande or have a flower business of your own. Xx

  12. What a fabulous young woman you are Marie 😄
    You seen so kind and generous of your time & love, bless you.
    Do you have a blog or a Facebook page?
    Enjoy life beautiful lady x

  13. Bravo Marie for taking an exciting risk! Are you now the official florist at La Lande? Your work is wonderful! (I worked for over 2yrs st a florist!😉) It’s so good to see Stephanie hiring a permanent staff to assist her in running her chateau!

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