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17 June 2015 @ 01:38 pm
Actual Manor House  

I forgot to show you guys the place we’re moving into.


It is an actual Georgian (or Georgian-style; we don’t know when it was built) manor house. Not a huge one: it’s 4 bedrooms, not, like, 38 or something. But it’s an actual manor house. It has a living room AND a sitting room. And that is, yes, a gazebo; please do not shoot it with an arrow.

It has about an acre of grounds, and a brook running through them, although the brook is in the badly overgrown part of the grounds and I don’t particularly expect us to make any effort to access it because all that overgrowth is a buffer from the road sounds. This is literally a country manor in the middle of a city, which is what I’ve been saying for years I wanted to live in. :)

Over to the left, in the corner hidden by the tree, is a little alcove with a bench, for secluded afternoon sitting. It’s badly overgrown, but potentially wonderful.

There’s loads of manicured garden (the back garden is longer than the front, which is what’s visible in the photo), and a large jumble of space in the back garden that’s overgrown but not gone entirely to the wild; I have dreams of turning that into a fruit and vegetable garden, although I’m gonna have to have somebody come in and clear it because I recognize the unlikelihood of me actually managing to do that.

There is, for the love of heaven, a swimming pool. God knows when it was last used, and we don’t expect to use it, but there’s a 3m swimming pool in the back garden.

The down side to the whole place is that it’s got single pane windows, so it’ll leak heat like a sieve, but it’s such a cool property that we decided we’d be fools not to take it.

Visiting hours will commence once I’ve written REDEEMER and am a little less behind in work. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

hawkwing_lb on June 17th, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
That looks like an awesome spot - windows aside. I wish you joy of it!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 17th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh my goddess! It looks amazing!

*starts packing bags*

Congrats :-)
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on June 17th, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
brb selling a kidney so I can get over there to live with you for a visit.

That looks amazing. Fingers crossed for you!
6_penny on June 17th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Young Indiana is going to have a wonderful time with this place. It may be the house that he dreams about for the rest of his life!
And a brook to get all muddy in! Childhood heaven.

And when are you starting the small B&B?
Is there a reservations list?
Sherwood Smithsartorias on June 17th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
That is really lovely!
Jannejanne on June 17th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Lady of the manor! Silver linings everywhere:)
R. Stuartwood_dragon on June 17th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)

Best of luck with the move. I think one of the reasons I do it rarely is the stress I feel while it's happening.
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
Believe me, I would not be moving if I had a choice. :p
deliiriadeliiria on June 17th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)

I'm not terribly jealous of your manor house (because I am weird, and like swish new buildings with all the high-tech everything built in) - but I am jealous of that acre of grounds in the city.

if you're comfortable sharing the information, how much is the rent? I've been looking at various options for renting/buying - both are stupidly expensive here :p - and now I'm curious about how much things cost in other places.
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
At the current exchange rate, about $1500 USD a month.
deliiriadeliiria on June 19th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
thanks for answering :)
peadarogpeadarog on June 17th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations. It looks beautiful!
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2015 09:45 pm (UTC)
You should come to the housewarming party on the 4th. :)
peadarogpeadarog on June 19th, 2015 07:46 am (UTC)
Is that an invite? Are you referring to July 4th? If so, it is gratefully accepted! If not, what I meant to say is that I wasn't interested anyway ;)
kitmizkit on June 19th, 2015 10:29 am (UTC)
I am referring to July 4, and that was intended as an invitation, yes! I'll get the FB invite up soon and have address and time and other such details. It'd be great to see you!
peadarogpeadarog on June 19th, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on June 17th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
it makes one give thanks that it hadnt been torn down and blocks of dull soul sucking flats built on the ground.

Looking forwards to pics as you reclaim the gardens.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on June 17th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
So much garden!

kitmizkit on June 18th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
The garden has made me think of you once or twice, in fact. :)
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on June 19th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
Aw. *is pleased and flustered*.

pgwfolcpgwfolc on June 18th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Looks amazing! I hope you can really settle in there. Any chance you can update the windows?

(Sudden thought: Too bad they're so old. Otherwise Microsoft would update them for free!)
kitmizkit on June 18th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)

Apparently in a building this old, replacing the windows is likely to destroy the walls they're set into. There are things to do to help the heat loss, and we'll be looking into pursuing them!
coraline73 on June 18th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
Looks wonderful!
silkiemom on June 19th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
That looks charming! Best wishes for settling in for a long time!