September 3, 2014

TIME TO COME CLEAN

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Two days ago we signed the compromis de vente on this house!

Yes, it’s all the result of putting a cheeky little note in the letterbox.  We looked at the house in July and after that continued to see other houses, just to be sure.  Each one we looked at convinced us that this was the right one!

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It has a proper kitchen.

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It also has a laundry room!

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It has a lovely large sitting room with original beams.

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It has a dining room.

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Upstairs there are only two bedrooms.  Exactly what we need.  Most of the other similar houses we had seen had been altered to make lots of small and pokey bedrooms in the same amount of space.  To have two lovely spacious bedrooms is just perfect.

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It has a bathroom with a bath!

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It has two cosy fireplaces.

It’s in “move straight in” condition – something we thought would never be possible! 

It has a good sized barn with plenty of room for all our stuff and vehicles.  There is also the almost obligatory “little house in the courtyard to do up”!  We may or may not do it up – we’ll see how things work out.  There is just the right amount of garden which is just grass at the moment – a blank canvas to plant with flowers or vegetables or not, as we like.

Ken of “Living the life in St.-Aignan” came along to assist in translation at the signing and afterwards we had a nice lunch with he and Walt, and the vendors, in Loches, to celebrate.

We will be moving in fairly soon so at some point things will go quiet on the blog, just like when we moved house in the UK.

This is it, our house hunting adventure is over and an even bigger adventure awaits us.  I keep pinching myself, just to make sure I’m not just dreaming!

29 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Felicitations! Hope the A de V goes smoothly!

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  2. Congratulations! So pleased you found 'your' house :-)

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  3. Hooray! just give us a shout if there's anything we can do. You'll miss your little village house though. You'll be about as far away from the village as we are. Very best wishes, Pauline & Tim

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    1. Interestingly....
      your little purple rose came into flower again on Monday!
      Next year you must take a cutting and plant it again at the mansion!
      It is obviously connected to you by a very strong thread!!

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    2. Tim, I may well do that.
      The cuttings we took and left in Derbyshire haven't done so well and it would be nice to have one in our new garden.

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  4. Congratulations you two and well done Ken for a helping hand. Hope all goes as planned. Diane and Nigel. xx

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  5. Persistence has paid you a great dividend. I have house envy. It is everything our petite mason in France isn't! Congratulations. Warm regards

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  6. Congratulations of finding your new home! But where is it (again)?

    Blessings and Bear hugs! And I hope Lulu approves.

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    1. Bear, Lulu likes running around the garden but she's wary of the spiral staircase at the moment. She'll get used to it in time I expect.

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  7. It's gorgeous, Jean, and I know you'll be very happy there. Well done and good luck with the rest of the formalities and the move.

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  8. Oh, so THAT is what Ken's secret mission in Ligueil was! WOW! This place looks absolutely wonderful :) Congratulations X 10!

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    1. Judy, obviously it wasn't appropriate for me to give details before Jean spilled the beans. My understanding is that it was the notaire who asked for language assistance, because in the past she's had misunderstandings with English-speaking clients over technicalities like inspections and tax issues. In this case, even though she speaks some English, she was feeling overwhelmed because both the sellers and the buyers are British. Jean and Nick asked if I could help, and I said I'd try (though their French is more than adequate). It was interesting, even fun, for me, as you can imagine.

      I've seen the new house and I can confirm that it is gorgeous.

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  9. Looks a lovely place, and hope everything goes smoothly for you both.

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  10. congrats! I like a proper kitchen too !

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  11. Persistence certainly paid off. Looking forward to seeing it 'in the flesh', but from these glimpses it is clear why you fell for the house.

    Exciting times ahead... :o)

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    1. Gaynor, you will hopefully see it sooner rather than later as the vendors are hoping for a fast move.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh too (I'm sorry to echo Gaynor!) You've a lot to look forward to! Enjoy every minute!! xxxx

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    1. Elizabeth, I look forward to welcoming the newlyweds to our new home!

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  13. Looks so lovely, too! Congratulations!
    (I've been following your writings, so exciting)

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  14. I think Sue and I might be just as excited as you both are. Can we bring the Moet when we arrive in October? Or visit us.....

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    1. Leon, absolutely!
      The timing should mean we are just moved in when you're here.

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  15. It's perfect! I know you will be very happy in this beautiful house. Hope to visit one day ... maybe next year! In the meantime I'm wishing you all the best and a smooth move!

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    1. Martine, we might, with any luck, have even emptied most of our boxes by the time you come to the Loire next year!

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  16. Congratulations! I love the kitchen and the exposed beams throughout. You made a great choice.

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  17. Well done! Its been quite a journey. I look forward to seeing you blog again and hearing about your new adventure.

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  18. This is the third time my comment has disappeared! I've forgotten what I said, but it was along the lines of: This is perfect. I can see why you fell for it. I hope you'll be very happy there.

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  19. You are such a tease! And it looks gorgeous, bags of character & habitable. Congratulations!

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  20. How wonderful, we look forward to many years of reading about your adventures in your new home.

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