House hunting is an interesting pass time, especially when you are blind. In all, I think Hal and I viewed about 10 properties , and I’m both proud and relieved to be able to report that I never broke anything or fell down the stairs once!
We were on a tight budget, so the places we could afford were few and far between. Understanding this, we were open minded about the location of, and style of house we looked at. Our mantra was, “the land and stables are more important than the house”.
We learnt 2 things very quickly.
1. Hal does not like old, cold, thick walled cottages, and never wants to live in one.
2. Estate Agents never listen to a word you say.
Both things we probably already knew if we were honest.
We only had two specifications. The property must be under a specific value. The property must have no fewr than 4 acres of land that was suitable for grazing horses on. It’s amazing, well actually more like frightening, how many property details we were sent for houses way out of our price range, with forestry instead of grazing, with agricultural ties, or with no land at all! It was also surprising how many houses have land that isn’t actually adjacent to them. On two occasions we viewed properties that the owners subsequently told us we’re no longer on the market! A shame because one of them would have been a real contender!
We saw some truly horrible places, and we saw some others we would have have gladly called home. We also were halfway round a property when we realised we had stayed there when it was a B&B!
We were actually going to buy Tina’s, and we’re almost at the point of signing when some complicated legal problems arose. We reluctantly withdrew on advice from a barrister. We were devastated, as was Tina.
Out of sheer desperation Hal did an Internet trawl and arranged to view 3 properties, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March. The property we viewed on the 3rd was possibly the most horrible house I have ever come across. So it was with little hope that we travelled through a snowstorm to the village of Shebbe to view a 4 bedroom bungalow with about 5 acres.
We didn’t ‘t bother with th viewing on the 4th!
Hal and I finally moved in on 30th May with Quincey.Ripley and the cats joined us a few days later, and the horses arrived on 3rd July.