CnP: You've said that you've removed 10 000 webs, 8 000 dead flies, mouse poop and the centuries-old dust – was the chateau in rather a deplorable state?
E.B.: No, it wasn't! And that was another reason for us to choose this very place. It was dirty, especially in some places, like the attic, the two top rooms of the tower, and the kitchen. The outbuildings were in a bad state. But it had only been empty for 1,5 years and the owners had taken good care of it. The roof needed only minor repairs. The chateau's central heating worked fine. It has electricity supply, the plumping system is old but it still works well enough. In the future we'll have to replace it. The previous owners had even replaced several old windows with double glazed ones.