Castles_and_Palaces (CnP): Daria, you've said your story with Chateau Otin started in the fall of 2018 when, by virtue of an almost fantastic chain of events, you signed the purchase contract and Chateau Otin went into your care. What kind of events led to the purchase and why do you call them fantastic?
Daria Krstev (DK): Well, back in to 2018 my thoughts to buy a chateau were more of a fantasy for me. I thought that I had plenty of free time, an interest towards historical buildings and a nice apartment which I could sell one day and use the funds to buy a chateau. So, I started looking for a property without a clear plan to buy it. Then suddenly I came across Chateau Otin. It happened pretty soon, it was only the third castle I checked. And I fell in love with the place. Then to my surprise the bank became unexpectedly generous; the chateau keeper and the former owner of the place suddenly came to an agreement which they failed to achieve for years (they also had a few law suits). Imagine this - my flat was evaluated 50% higher than I expected and almost twice the price I had paid for it just 4 years before. It felt too good to be true. I still had many reservations but I decided if life was bringing something so emphatically to me – it would be a mistake just to walk away.