I agree with what you are saying @ClaraBurnett the restoration becomes more difficult when there are very small children but I understand that people enjoy the challenge, and if its within your means go for it..just dont expect others to pay. With SJ castle there are things I dont understand surely the priority is the roof windows doors damp proof and of course heating which every year she seems to forget to get fixed! What good is a lake if the castle has become rubble what good is a room for china if the roof is leaking and the walls full of damp. The more I read these threads the more I see it is fur coat & no knickers they just havent got a clue!@Clara Burnett I disagree with the fact that people shouldn't buy a renovation project if they don't have all the money for the renovations there and then. We've been restoring an ancient property for the last decade and it's a real money pit but we enjoy doing things gradually and do some work ourselves and other stuff as and when we can afford. It's an absolute labour of love and I don't expect us to ever fully finish it but we love living here and if we sell it on at some point then whoever buys it will carry on with the work. Living in an imperfect old building is a lifestyle choice that shouldn't just be for wealthy people who can do all the work straight away. In fact some of those instant renovations where a shitload of money is thrown at an old property are often the worst as you end up with a soulless Disney style version of a period building. The family that Stephanie bought the Chateau from clearly hadn't done much renovating in recent years but continued to live in the chateau for many, many years. Should they have not done so?