If living like a millionaire feels like a distant dream, you may soon be in luck because you could win a beautiful chateau in France just by forking over €11. The French chateau in eastern Dordogne – with nine bedrooms, we might add – is up for grabs in an online raffle with tickets just costing £10 (around €11).
Organised by British philanthropist Ruth Philips, all the profits from the sale of her Chateau de Cautine will be donated to good causes. Profits made from the competition will fund The Eco Village Development Company, which will build affordable, alternative housing and 5% of all net ticket sales will be donated to St Petroc’s Society, a Cornish charity for homeless people.
“I am a lifelong believer in using my privilege, skills and experience to benefit those who are in need,” Ruth told Lonely Planet. “Making others happy makes me happy. As Bishop Michael Curry said at Harry and Meghan’s wedding: “There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.”
Set on 30 acres and complete with a 12-metre swimming pool, the chateau was built way back in 1667 and houses many antiques being described as overall “quintessentially French”. The chateau even has a separate three-bedroom cottage, a former chapel and two large stone barns.
Ruth, who’s from Truro, Cornwall, said: “It’s a magical place in the middle of the wilderness – you feel like you have fallen into a deep cushion of trees and green. I’m really happy that someone else is going to get it and have the chance to appreciate it, it’s a magical property – everyone who comes says that.”
Entrants for the competition must pick the correct translations of two French expressions “les carottes sont cuites” and “ca ne casse pas trois pattes a un canard” – there are four options per question to choose from.
“Affordable housing is one of my main interests as I feel it is everyone’s right to have a home. It is impossible nowadays for people to afford a home because of the extremely high prices,” Ruth says. “We also need to build houses which do not damage the environment, and which have built-in systems which do not harm nature. This [her business] will provide a solution, the kit houses can be put together in a week and aim to cost less than 10% of the price of an average house in the UK.”
A total of 500,000 tickets are being sold and all Terms and Conditions can be found on the website, you can buy the tickets online now here.