The ultimate doer-upper

I tried to convince Ben last week that we should buy this doer-upper:

It was built by Lord Sinclair in 1565 and Ben’s mother’s maiden name is Sinclair. Maybe it could be our bach (bach is the New Zealand word for a modest holiday home near the beach).

It’s true that we’re the most un-DIY family in existence and we need to hire tradespeople for even the simplest of things so I can see why it might not be a good idea. However we could just pitch a tent on the castle grounds and camp there. Elizabeth says she’d like it for her next birthday.


13 responses to “The ultimate doer-upper”

  1. It’s got no roof and it’s 130K!! Lovely setting though, I can see the appeal of the camping idea.

    1. Yes, it needs a bit of work 🙂
      No roof, no floor, no doors, no windows ….

      1. But you are close to the Tr*mp Golf Course though… 🙂

        Who needs floors, roofs, or water if you have that.

        1. Yes, I didn’t think the proximity to Trump International was much of a feature. It’s close to the Newburgh seal colony though:

  2. Can you leave the old ruin up for historic interest and build a little cabin nearby on the property? There are some great prefab housing kits that claim they can be set up in a day or two by two adults. (Your mileage may vary….) Or if you insist on camping, have a small bathhouse with shower and toilet installed. Does the place have access to water? In California, that’s a big tipping point for real estate sales. No matter how beautiful the area, if you can’t get running water to your home, it’s worthless.

    1. Those were my thoughts exactly! There is nearby access to water and power so it’s definitely an option.

  3. I bet if you start figuring in the craftsmen required to re-build in keeping with the existing stonework, you would need to buy fire extinguishers for your bank account 🙂

    1. Yes, the cost of restoring that thing would be very high. Way more the cost to buy the ruin.

  4. If that’s what you fancy and can afford the craftsmen required, then go for it!!

  5. This one is a good one too, but I prefer that one ^

    1. Oh that is so nice! It has quite a bit of land with it so that it such a good price. The castle is on a tiny plot of land so I’m not convinced it’s better.

      1. Build up, up, and up! 😂

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