A Day Out

A friend sent me a photo of a property advertised in an Estate Agent’s window which she thought might appeal to my son. His home is a terraced house in Luton with noisy neighbours, on a busy street and with very few green spaces or views. His job is stressful and he loves spending time at my place where it is quiet and he is surrounded by trees, the sound of the stream and birdsong. For some time he has been looking for somewhere small near me; somewhere with no neighbours or road noise. It has proved elusive! The place Rachel had spotted was down a long track in the middle of nowhere – a renovation project which had halted when the owner died and certainly looked promising.

The agent’s details gave confusing information about where exactly it was but I thought I had located it on the map. I passed the information to my friend Lindy who, in her teens, used to be the retrieve driver for a group of hang-gliding mates and LOVES locating hard-to-find places. She came up with the same location but also found images on google maps and that it had failed to sell at a previous auction. So of course we had to go and have a look and a day out exploring the neighbourhood.

And we found it. Over the Easter weekend my son came and had an official viewing. It will be sold at auction in a few weeks time so now he just has to work out how much he can afford to bid.

Meanwhile having seen the place, Lindy and I drove on to find a Church we had seen marked on the map (or rather the churchyard as the church was locked).

It too was in the middle of nowhere and seemed to serve a huge parish judging by the gravestones. We had a picnic then a walk down a footpath to a bridge over the river.

And finally home by a rather circuitous route and another walk along the river at Cenarth on a newly constructed walkway which gives pushchair and wheelchair access.

25 thoughts on “A Day Out

  1. Anne April 21, 2022 / 6:26 pm

    Perhaps that house didn’t sell before because of its relatively isolated position – not everyone’s cup of tea. It looks a lovely house from the outside at least and I am glad that looking for it afforded you an enjoyable day out.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 22, 2022 / 2:50 pm

      I think you are correct about its rempteness putting a lot of people off. It still needs quite a lot of work to make it good to live in but my son can live in his camper van whilst working on it. And it did give a good excuse to wander round back lanes!

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  2. Laurie Graves April 21, 2022 / 9:30 pm

    Good luck to your son! The house does look lovely from the outside. How much fun to pack a lunch and make a day of it.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 22, 2022 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you Laurie. He just needs to convince his wife (who doesn’t want to move and dislikes the countryside) and the bank to let him borrow money against theiur existing home. Our wander round the back lanes was fun indeed.


  3. anne54 April 21, 2022 / 10:41 pm

    When you son buys it (let’s be positive here!) you will have many wonderful hours exploring this area.The area certainly seems to be very different to his current noisy location.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 22, 2022 / 2:55 pm

      Absolutely right Anne – lots of lovely days out in store. I have everything crossed he gets it.


      • Going Batty in Wales April 24, 2022 / 5:02 pm

        I will


  4. nanacathy2 April 22, 2022 / 9:19 am

    Fingers crossed for your son. Maybe last time it was overvalued and failed to meet the reserve price. The executors have to try to get the best deal. How sensible to make a day of it. The church and surroundings look positively idyllic. I love a church exploration.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 22, 2022 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you Cathy for the good wishes. I thought of you as we wandered around the churchyard because I know it is the kind of day ouit you would enjoy.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 22, 2022 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you. Cenarth gets very busy in the tourist season but it was fairly quietwhen we went depite being beautiful weather.

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  5. onesmallstitch April 22, 2022 / 7:49 pm

    wishing your son good luck but I’d be a bit worried about his wife. It appears the house has new windows, door and roof so that is a start.The countryside looks lovely .

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 24, 2022 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you. I gather his wife is trying to find an objection to his plan but has so far not come up with one. She really cannot understand why living where they do is hard for him. I am sure they will find a compromise one way or another.


  6. tidalscribe.com April 22, 2022 / 11:21 pm

    Good luck to your son. I have no experience of auctions, but like the idea it could be less stressful than the usual protracted house buying business.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 24, 2022 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you for the good wishes. I think the auction birt will be nerve wracking – should I go a bit higher? and all that. But at least it will be over with quickly.

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  7. Helen April 25, 2022 / 2:08 pm

    I hope your son wins the bid. I imagine renovating it will be good for the soul as much as the peace and quiet. London is never quiet!

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 26, 2022 / 8:54 am

      I am keeping everything crossed. I think he will enjoy making it into a home.


      • Helen April 26, 2022 / 9:13 pm

        I’m sure he will!


  8. lisatheardentgardener May 6, 2022 / 10:51 pm

    Oh what a romantic house and churchyard! I wish I lived there. I can think of nothing better than a remote stone house nestled in natural surrounds in your part of the world. I would never want to leave. Hope your son got it!

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 8, 2022 / 6:37 pm

      It seems that the approval of his mortgage may not come through in time but he will keep hoping and if this house falls through will keep looking.

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