I agree about the first series, it was better than this one. It may simply have been the novelty factor of it being the first of its kind last time round that made it so, but I think the buildings featured last year had more appeal, for me anyway - suppose everyone has their own 'type'.
As much as a worthy cause the Playhouse candidate was, it was a little more suited to Challenge Anneka than Restoration
The final, whereas a bit scatty and carried out beneath Heathrow's flight path, was excellently produced. The Palace looked great as a backdrop.
Wales is particularly good for timber framed buildings alright - lot of Victorian Tudor mixed in there too. There isn't a better place for unusual buildings than here, esp driving all the way down through the country.