You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?
I love old homes with character and I would be delighted if some elderly impoverished relative were to leave me a mansion, even a dilapidated one. I’m glad to hear that money is no issue because despite the fact that I don’t watch lifestyle TV shows I know that old houses cost a lot to restore and maintain. Just the same I’m going to keep it.
First things first, find the right people to restore the structural things, leaky roofs, dodgy wiring, plumbing, cracks in the plaster and so on. As money is no object I can spend whatever it takes to make the home practical and comfortable to live in while maintaining its original look.
Living in the country suits me fine. I’m rich enough to travel to the city whenever I want to go anyway. Finally I have enough room to be completely private. I don’t have to see or hear my neighbours. Yippee!
Of course a mansion is a big place for two people to live, even two people with as much stuff as Hubby and I. We’d have plenty of rooms for family and friends to come and visit us though and as most of them live in another state that’s a good thing. I’d enjoy having more space for my doll collection.It means that I can go out and buy more dolls, there’s lots of room! Hubby can make a mess with his hobbies in his own area too and I won’t have to get him to clean it up if company is expected. We can even build that model railway layout that we’ve always wanted.
Now that we have this beautiful old house all restored and have lovely gardens to enjoy I’d feel a bit selfish if I didn’t share them sometimes. Perhaps I’d ask local community groups if they would like to hold a fund-raising event there occasionally. I like local history, once I know the history of my new home I would want to tell people about it so maybe I’d turn tour guide. I might invite people to see the doll display for a gold coin donation that I’d give to charity. I would foster stray dogs and cats. Who am I kidding, they would all end up living with us for keeps!
I would build a big netted enclosure so that the cats, including our own cat, could enjoy the outdoors safely without worrying about them catching birds or getting run over.
I know that a big house could also be turned into a business of some kind, restaurant, function centre or B&B accomodation but although I once thought that a B&B might be fun I have come to a stage in life where I don’t want a lot of strangers around me all the time. If I don’t need the money I would be happy to live in splendid isolation and enjoy my home with the people whose company I actually want.