We pulled up outside the cottage we were viewing on Saturday and all my hope was bubbling up inside me.
The place had real character - wooden beams in all the rooms, and nooks and crannies everywhere. The lounge, kitchen and bedrooms were lovely and spacious.
But there were 3 big drawbacks... the first was the aforementioned problem of no parking/garage, the second was a path running through all the gardens (plus the garden was on a steep slope) and the third drawback that P said he would never be able to live with, was the tiny shoebox bathroom.
Now, here's the exciting bit... on Sunday we made an appointment to view another cottage in a very rural setting. It's not the prettiest place you've ever seen but inside it's fab. The owners have done it up to a really high standard. All the rooms are spacious and the whole house is very light and airy. There’s a large drive in front of the property for parking too. It beats the other place hands down.
The only thing that would need work is the garden which is a completely blank canvas being just a lawn with a few concrete slabs for a patio. I love the idea of making it exactly how we would like it.
So... I think this is the one. I just have a very warm, excited feeling about it.