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Six centuries of history drew Kate Armstrong to Cassillis House in Ayrshire. Originally from Australia, Kate has always had the dream of owning a castle, and she picked one that was in a desperate condition. Years of problems with the roof led to rotting rooms and damage to ornate interiors.
A four-year struggle began to restore 110 rooms – but not only was Kate attempting to save the fabric of the building, she took on the responsibility of preserving the story of the Kennedy Clan who called Cassillis their home for 21 generations.
While the new owner discovers waterlogged kitchens and hidden rooms, the historical investigation reveals the building’s transition from defensive fort to pleasure palace and a link to one of the greatest murder mysteries in Scottish history. But will the weight of history and the scale of the task be too much for Kate and her army of restorers to save it?
Crumbling, ancient houses are brought back to life by passionate owners as they restore and convert them into striking 21st century homes, unravelling the properties’ extraordinary past lives through their architectural and social history.
Grand Designs meets Who Do You Think You Are? Presented by Caroline Quentin, Restoration Home follows private owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin and restore them into wonderful 21st century homes. With the help of architectural expert, Kieran Long, and social historian, Dr. Kate Williams, Restoration Home turns detective to unravel the properties’ astonishing lives. As the new owners transform the buildings into their homes, the family trees of these crumbling ruins start to emerge. Tales of Kings and Queens, murder, civil unrest, moments that shocked and shaped Britain are revealed as these buildings are brought back to life.
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