Have you been watching Country House Rescue on ABC?
I have and I've really been enjoying it.
Basically Ruth Watson goes to these old UK family country homes that are in financial trouble. Most of the homes seem to cost around 20-50 thousand pounds a year in bills and upkeep so it's pretty difficult for the families who own these gorgeous mansions to keep them.
Last night I watched the episode on Chesters. A gorgeous Georgian country house in the Scottish boarders which was inherited by John Henderson on his 30th Birthday - pretty amazing birthday present!
Ruth gives the owners ideas on how to turn their properties into financially viable self sufficient homes/businesses. From the half dozen episodes I've watched most owners seem to be on the slightly to very eccentric scale and usually Ruth's blunt approach puts them a bit off side.
I think Ruth's ideas are generally really practical but I can see from the owners point of view that they might not want to open up their houses for tours, events, over night guests etc as it is their home.
If you want to watch some of the episodes you can check them out on http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/lifestyle
Could you live in one of those big old country houses? I think I could - although I'd have to get a cleaner :)
Have a great day,