The countdown has began ...
To be honest, the countdown began for quite awhile already
I'm just too excited to be moving again
I hope for the last time
I just want to settle down
but then again, who knows what lies beyond the horizon
I wouldn't want to be the one to say "NO" to more adventures!!
We did look at a lot of houses. TOO MANY!!
It was not an easy task; there are things that we would really rather not compromise on.
Things like privacy, space and storage, to name but a few
Our long search for a home led us to these two houses.
For a long while, they were on our "POTENTIAL" file pile
The original slate-roofed granite cottage was built in 1730.
The cottage sits in a landscaped grounds which extend to some 0.8 acres,
comprising a large lawn, mature shrubs including roses, lilac, rhododendron and viburnum, and established trees, including apple and hazlenut.
Some of extension was later added around 1930's.
The glazed conservatory provides additional living space with a lovely garden aspect.
The entrance hallway with double doors, flooring is Victorian terrazzo tiles
Two of the public rooms have a private leafy outlook to the front, and both feature decorative fireplaces, and beech flooring.
The kitchen extension was built in 1998
The kitchen is fully- fitted with loads of storage and counter-top spaces, and a dual fuel range cooker with an extractor hood.
Set within the grounds is a detached garden house, suitable for overflow guests, or as a self contained granny annexe.
It has a very large reception room and a well appointed kitchen, a toilet/powder room off the hallway, and another room which is accessed from the kitchen as well as from outdoors.
Upstairs, there are three rooms, and a bathroom.
We were informed that a major highway/bypass will be built quite close to the house!!
The original building was a farmhouse built of harled stone under a slate roof probably dates from the late1800s
The garden extends to about 0.84 acre. Most of the garden is in grass with a beech hedge, a small woodland area, and an area of fruit trees and has been designed to be low maintenance.
Reasons for us not choosing this gorgeous house...
The layout of the house doesn't quite work for us
and, we could do with more storage spaces
“The body can endure compromise and the mind can be seduced by it.
Only the heart protests.
The heart. Carbon-based primitive in a silicon world.”