Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Hold on to your hats

I told you we were off on a trip on Saturday and I would tell you all about it later.

When we moved here last spring, it was a case of taking the best of a bad bunch. Our LL  has not been the most helpful just lately and both of us have had issues with the stairs. So on Saturday we went to look at 2 apartments in the same house.

One was upstairs, very large and rambling, I think we would have needed a map to find our way round it. We liked it but it was upstairs and really too big. The down stairs apartment was just our cup of tea, the viewing was rather rushed, so we went back today with my daughter to meet the land lady and have another look. There were several things we needed to know, not the least being if we could put the caravan there. It was a good meeting, everything we had asked for was agreed to and a few we had not too. So we have given notice on the house here and will move out on 7th March. We take on the new apartment on March 1st so we have 6 days to move all the small stuff and put it straight in the  cupboards. Our wardrobes will fit the bedroom and there is a nice desk in the smaller one which will be ideal for my machine.

The house was built in the Arts and Craft style and is an old hunting lodge built around 1910, It had 10 bedrooms a drawing room, which is our sitting room, formal dining room and a breakfast room plus the usual offices on the ground floor.....we have the drawing room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen, but its not small by any means.

There is a gardener for the grounds, although DB will be taking care of the borders round our part of the building. We have a patio outside the french doors, to sit and take the air if we get any sun.

The whole building has recently be completely redecorated and carpeted, apart from the drawing room which has a wilton carpet on the floor. Gas central heating......it is just a short walk from my daughter and about half a mile from the town, but less than 200 yads to open countryside. At the bottom of the  garden there is a wood.

The french doors, bathroom window to the right you can just see the bay to the left.

Looking towards the wood at the bottom of the garden. excuse the whirly in the picture.

One side of the kitchen, the freezer will be replaced by mine. Built in oven and hob with extractor




 At the side of this picture you can see the door to the pantry, at the side of this there is another built in cupboard. The washing machine I am keeping and swapping mine, this one is a washer dryer.
 The drawing room with the window seat, I am going to make cushions to go on top of the seat. I think we may well have the dining table which is oval in the bay.


The desk I will be able to use for my machine.

We now have to start to think about moving all the small stuff in the house so all thats left for the removers is the actual furniture. We have 6 days from when we get the keys to having to vacate this house.

DB is waiting to see if the grass dries out so he can dig up some of the plants we have put in the garden. The planters will go as well of course.

May be now I will manage to get a decent nights sleep, so much going round in my head the last few days. All questions answered, room sizes etc confirmed. All the furniture from the sitting room and dining room will look lost in that huge room. DB was talking about going to auctions.....I do not think so...........

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations what a beautiful apartment - that must have been some house when it was first built - the windows are just beautiful and I love that window seat and a lovely kitchen too - best of luck with the move xxx

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  2. The house is beautiful as are the grounds! The kitchen seems bigger. I can't believe you are moving again but one can only take so much. Much luck

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  3. Wow ... how posh it all looks ... really lovely! You lucky things. And so handy for town and your daughter ... be a busy few days but just the right time .. all set up for summer.
    x

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  4. The downstairs apartment looks just lovely. A bigger kitchen for you and the lounge with bay window is stunning. With DB's recent health scares, having a gardener will be of great advantage, as long as you can still do some of your own bit yourselves.
    I wondered if your little secret could be this and I'm very pleased for you both that you have found something which will be convenient to shops and the family. Well done, and perhaps this will be a happier move than the last one. Take care.

    Halaulani

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  5. What a lovely apartment, and so well situated for you both. The photos were great, I'm sure you can't wait to start moving your things in & then to move in properly. Hope you sleep well tonight, thankyou for sharing your exciting news, Vee x

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  6. From Margie in Toronto - Congratulations - the place looks gorgeous, and what a lovely drawing room - I've always wanted a window seat!
    My last two moves I've managed to give myself an overlap of a couple of weeks and it makes such a difference to be able to set up the kitchen and bathroom ahead of time - and in my case, getting all the books put away. All the best.

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  7. Beautiful home. I don't envy you moving again so soon but this new home may be your forever one for a few years. Hugs.

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  8. lovely apartment, I hope that all goes well. Fingers crossed that the weather is kind and you can get your plants out.

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  9. It looks and sounds wonderful!

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  10. The new apartment looks lovely. You'll have more room to spread out in this new place, I think. It's nice that it's all on one floor, and the ground floor at that. The move will be a lot of work for you but will be worth it, I'm sure. Hope you can take most of your plants that you have put in. The present landlord will be sorry after you're gone!!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful. I hope you will be very happy in your new home. I can just see you both flinging open those french doors on a sunny day and having your meals on the patio. X

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  12. Lovely looking house and gardens. So pleased for you both that you have found somewhere where you can both feel comfortable again. The lounge with window seat is spectacular and will benefit from your expertise with cushions. Will be so much easier not having stairs too. Hope this move proves perfect and good luck when it happens.

    Halaulani

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  13. If your present land lord had been less bombastic, especially regarding the adjoining fence, you may have stayed where you are. He's done you a favour! you would not have been looking for anywhere new and now look what you have found!! Wonderful! You should be able to be settled in for Summer. What a find. Good luck.

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  14. Anne, it is beautiful. I love the windows and the yard. Nice to have just a walk to daughters. I can see you loving it here and staying put for awhile. You can lay out king size quilts on that living room floor.

    We have just had a snowstorm and our temps are around 20F. 0F tonight.

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  15. This looks like a wonderful living space. I can see why you were looking for something more spacious and gracious. The new place is simply lovely. Wishing you both a good move and settling in.

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  16. Your new place looks really nice. My daughter and her boyfriend have just moved into a flat in a large Victorian house and it has lovely bay windows and high ceilings. I hope you are happy in your new home and have a better relationship with the landlady.

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  17. This looks fantastic my sweet! I bet you feel a weight lifted from your mind at getting this sorted out.

    Best of luck with it all.
    Rw

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