This charming 17th century cottage is up for sale and it is the first property I have wanted to buy in three long years of looking. Alas it is not to be. An initial survey by Architects and correspondence with the local Conservation Officer has revealed the inevitability of a concealed timber frame with the possibility of extensive rot and death watch beetle. A telephone conversation with a local building company specialising in this type of repair has produced a worst case scenario estimate of 25k. Unfortunately, my budget won't stretch to cover this estimate as well as estimates for other necessary upgrades, all of which must comply with the Grade II listed buildings restrictions and recommendations, so reluctantly it seems, I must move on to find a different house.