I love watching and reading about the old walled vegetable gardens and even visiting some big houses here in Ireland. Before the the world wars. These estates employed numerous members of staff. No doubt before the welfare state provided social housing and unions fought for proper wages. I am not saying all staff were exploited and I am sure there would be some very kind, Christian, Matriarchal and Patriarchal landowners who looked after their staff.
Any road. The world changed and a lot of landowners today are rich on paper (sounds like us smallholders) and poor in pocket and they can't afford to maintain their estates properly, because of death duties and people expecting not to work for a pittance.
Wouldn't it be good to have the boot on the other foot? What would you do if you won the lottery? I would like another farm/castle, probably in Herefordshire with a herd of red Hereford cows, a flat in a city with public transport and a holiday home in Portugal and I would collect some more vintage tractors. I don't want much do I? What would you like?