Wednesday, 26 August 2009

House hunting

While visiting my parents last week I decided to do a spot of house hunting. The first was quite small, only eight or so bedrooms, open courtyard for afternoon tea and a drawing room with only enough room for one piano. Cramped, but cosy, we'd cope, but it might be a struggle. It's saving grace however was the beautiful walled garden and large greenhouses. Definitely something that would be worth compromising for.

Then I saw this, large with the grandeur that befits our cat (because yes, he is the head of the household). It comes not only with cottages for the staff, it's own hydro-electic power station and a large kitchen with downstairs scullery, but with a whole separate room for making jam. Now that's what I'm talking about.

In all honestly the prettiest places we saw were indeed the staff cottages.

I could just see us in one of these, N curled up writing, and me sewing or knitting, Sniff lounging in front of the fireplace or pottering in the garden.

One day....

Ah, I love the National Trust.


  1. Wow!

    When I go round that kind of property I'm always envious not of the main house (though I wouldn't say no) but the brick-walled kitchen gardens and beautiful old greenhouses...


  2. I agree, it was the gardens that really got me. Although the kitchens in both houses were amazing, and my own jam room, well then I could pick from the gardens and preserve it without making a mess of the kitchen. Swoon!

  3. Lovely houses - if only... Thanks for visiting my blog. I don't know why it wouldn't accept your URL. Good luck with the PHD. Enjoy the free time afterwards. Don't worry about the job thing too much, there are lots of fun things to do when you don't have much money. I'm definitely more creative, and inventive (dare I say, happier) now that I have to work within a tight budget.

  4. That made me chuckle.It's great to dream!

  5. haha you're hilarious. those pictures are both beautiful and insane. we're house hunting this weekend, believe it or not-- I'll let you know how the staff cottages are in North Carolina :)