It got me thinking about some of the cracking houses that I have seen recently on behalf of clients, some examples pictured below. I particularly like the top one - it's not a wreck by any means (far from it) but it has some terrific barns to renovate and an old tumbledown house in the 1 ha grounds that's just crying out to be rebuilt.
There still are some excellent bargains to be had around here for those who have an appetite for renovation.
Be warned though that many bite off more than they can chew. Make sure that you have funding in place for both the purchase and the restoration and that you have a trustworthy project manager with a little black book full to the brim with good local artisans.