Regular readers will know by now that my ideal next home will be a barn conversion nestled in the North Norfolk countryside. A barn because it is the perfect combination of character features, open-plan living and (if the conversion has been done to a high-spec) an interior for modern living. Norfolk because its the place we’ve been exploring most lately, it’s not too far from London, and it has wide open spaces and beautiful beaches.
It’s a plan that is way off in the future. We have to wait until the BF falls out of love with his current job basically, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dream. So, in any downtime I have, I can often be found scouring Rightmove for the perfect place. You might even say I’m obsessed. Minor details like our relatively small budget do not even come into it, and as I have high expectations there are not many properties that make the grade. Some have the kitchen of my dreams but a completely impractical layout. Some have lovely period details but no garden at all. Some are conversions that have completely destroyed the character of the building, and some just need too much work.
Until last week and I spied this property that was just a little bit (well okay what’s £100k between friends) out of my price range.
It has a lot of things on the wish list. A huge living space with a soaring ceiling right up to the rafters, and french windows out on to the garden. A stone floor, a huge open fireplace and oodles of light flooding in. It has a large unfitted kitchen with a dining area at one end and lovely tiles on the floor. It has a galleried landing. It has two bathrooms, and the bedrooms are full of period details and thoroughly charming. What’s more, the landscaped garden looks out over open countryside, there’s a really pretty summer house, and there’s even a kitchen garden.
There’s compromises of course. It doesn’t have an office for me to work in, an en-suite, utility room or a garage. All things you get used to in a brand new home. And it appears to have a lack of storage space. But I’m so taken with this perfect combination of cottage and barn I could live without them.
And I’m not the only person taken with it because it’s sold in less than three weeks.
Oh well, back to the drawing board.