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Restoration Home

  • Season 3
  • 8 episodes
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Following the fortunes of properties facing a struggle for survival and their committed new owners wanting to turn historic ruins into dream homes.

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Episode 5: Cassillis House

Summary

Caroline Quentin meets Kate Armstrong, who bought 16th-century South Ayrshire castle Cassillis House. She has spent four years struggling to restore every one of its 110 rooms, while also taking on the responsibility of preserving the story of Clan Kennedy, whose members called it their home for 21 generations. The historical investigation reveals a transition from defensive fort to pleasure palace, as well as a link to one of the most famous murder mysteries in Scottish history.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cassillis House in Ayrshire is a turreted dream, everyone’s idea of a Disney castle. But, as this is Restoration Home, the fairytale ends there because it’s leaky, waterlogged and slowly sliding towards disintegration. Until dotcom Australian millionaire Kate Armstrong arrives with her enthusiasm and her £3 million: “How can you not buy a castle?” she asks, not unreasonably. Cassillis House has 15 chimney stacks and 112 rooms, each of which needs decorating.

But Armstrong has big plans for her enormous new family home; a state-of-the-art kitchen (of course) and a toilet from which she can gaze up into a particularly historical bit of her house. Caroline Quentin can do little but bubble with awe and wonder.

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  • Episode 5

    Cassillis House

    Summary

    Caroline Quentin meets Kate Armstrong, who bought 16th-century South Ayrshire castle Cassillis House. She has spent four years struggling to restore every one of its 110 rooms, while also taking on the responsibility of preserving the story of Clan Kennedy, whose members called it their home for 21 generations. The historical investigation reveals a transition from defensive fort to pleasure palace, as well as a link to one of the most famous murder mysteries in Scottish history.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Cassillis House in Ayrshire is a turreted dream, everyone’s idea of a Disney castle. But, as this is Restoration Home, the fairytale ends there because it’s leaky, waterlogged and slowly sliding towards disintegration. Until dotcom Australian millionaire Kate Armstrong arrives with her enthusiasm and her £3 million: “How can you not buy a castle?” she asks, not unreasonably. Cassillis House has 15 chimney stacks and 112 rooms, each of which needs decorating.

    But Armstrong has big plans for her enormous new family home; a state-of-the-art kitchen (of course) and a toilet from which she can gaze up into a particularly historical bit of her house. Caroline Quentin can do little but bubble with awe and wonder.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterCaroline Quentin

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAnnette Clarke
    Series editorJoff Wilson
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