They only rent it.
"It's a lease, with an option to buy," Christina Gilmartin, a publicist for the show – which debuted on the Oxygen network in March and has been renewed for a second season – tells The New York Times.
According to the paper, contrary to publicity materials for the program, Spelling, who turned 34 on Wednesday, did not purchase the inn, or sink all of the $800,000 left her by her late father, legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling, into establishing the Chateau La Rue, which is named after Spelling's pug, Mimi La Rue.
"She put down money of her own on the property, and part of her inheritance did go to that," says Gilmartin.
Although the program showed Spelling and McDermott, 40, negotiating and then closing a deal to buy the property, the Chateau La Rue is still owned by Christopher and Patricia King, who have it on the market for $2.6 million, reports The Fallbrook Village News. (The inn is located in Fallbrook, Calif., about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.)
"It's smarter for them to dip their toe in water and test this out," Randy Barbato, a producer of the show, told The Times about the decision to lease rather than buy.
Spelling declined to comment to The Times, which also failed to reach the Kings.
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