Beautiville in the Cherent ? There is a village out in the cuds just south of Cognac France, and at the time of the millennium when Blair had the plastic dome built, for their millennium the french inhabitants of Beautiiville set about restoring vital parts of their 8th century very small castle on the outskirts of the little village. It would take 20 years, so perhaps about completed now? They employed about four stone masons and some working apprentices, it was allowed for visitors to buy coffee and watch the work going on. It was mostly 'Hand chisel work' A big notice on site said: Restoration contributions: The State, 10 million Euros. The Department, 2 million Euros. The people of the Commune 2 Euros annually until completion. My figures may be wrong but it was something similar. It was in fact a job creation scheme but with an outcome that most agreed with. It is my ambition to go back and see it.
BTW, Guedelon is a cracking visit, well worth a day out whether for adults or the ankle-biters.