My personal ruin story:
In a small historic town in eastern Portugal, I found a simple small townhouse inside the walls of the Castelo of Castelo de Vide. The townhouse dates from the 12th century on Rua de Forno, Street of Ovens, and has been unloved for a century. I saw the potential in the stone walls of this unloved structure and imagined how it could become a house for enjoying for a long weekend in this historic village. Stay here now: Romance in the Castelo
On April 2018 the house became available for rent, look for Romance in the Castelo on airbnb.com and Booking.com
A spectacular fig tree stretches over the garden wall into the narrow cobbled street. The house has great bones, solid 1 meter thick stone walls and 3 buttresses holding the walls upright on the exposed side.
The rescue of this special place began in April 2014 and is now complete. Follow the restoration progress in photos by selecting Ruin Renovation.