House hunting in the Dordogne

In February, I found my dream house.

A beautiful detached house on the top of a hill in the Perigord Vert, and just a 15 minute walk into the nearby town.

The living space was huge, offering six bedrooms, two kitchens, three bathrooms, open fires, a utility area that stretched the length of the house, a room I could use as an office, and much more. Added to this was a vast barn, a gite, animal shelter and over an acre of land, which included a vege patch, lots of trees and plenty of space for chickens and goats.

There was so much potential, both in terms of it being a fabulous home but also somewhere that could facilitate the launch of a new business, be it a glamping site for eco-campers or a pop-up restaurant to serve the busy tourist months.

It offered more than I ever thought was possible for us. And it was in our price range! Happy days!

Then the hubby went and put a spanner in the works.

The house is right next to a busy main road. Given that one of the main reasons we left London was because of the noise, Dennis thinks the sound of the traffic is going to get on our nerves, and so wants us to look for somewhere else. I suspect he is right but am so in love with this house I don’t want it to be true *sobs*.

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Think it’s going to be a while before I get to my own personal impression of Downton Abbey (image: pbs.org)

So, reluctantly I have agreed to go back to the drawing board. As yet though nothing else comes close.

We’ve seen houses that are beautiful but in the middle of nowhere (no chance to integrate with the local community)…

…houses where the estate agent and us clearly have very differing views on “in need of a little TLC”…

….houses that offer everything we want in terms of a home but not enough/right kind of land…

….houses that offer lots of income potential but don’t come close to meeting our personal needs.

…houses that would be beautiful if it wasn’t for the great big electricity pylon stuck in the middle of the property…

…houses where the owner is in dispute with the next door farmer over access to land…

There is one potential on the list. The land it comes with is very special indeed, but the house, well, the house lacks that “wow” factor that my favourite had in bucket loads. It is also next to a river. The paranoid in me isn’t sure whether that is a good idea or not.

I don’t know if we will ever find anything that tops that first house. I suspect we have a long time looking ahead of us!

 

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