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Monday, April 14, 2014

House Hunting (as seen on TV) "Charming English Cottage"



 And here's your virtual hostess... Debra
You know the shows. House Hunters on HGTV.  House Hunters International.  Quite addictive, if you ask me.  We go along as a house hunting couple or family is shown three houses that a realtor thinks will suit their needs and their mortgage.  We decide which one we'd take and which one they'll take.

Well, today you get the chance to play along! Today we're shopping for "Charming English Cottage".  The nice thing is, they are all in your virtual price range, so it's really a matter of taste and how long of a drive you want when you have to get to Heathrow to catch your flight to NY.

Charming Cottage #1- Byfleet Manor. (you may click on each name for a link to a website)








yes, if you choose this house, you will be compensated for those months when you must move to your flat in London during production of Downton Abbey.  It's the largest and most elegant of our cottages today, though we will all call it "The Dowager House" when we visit.


Charming Cottage #2  Efford House on the Flete Estate







What might have been a tiny cottage to Mrs. Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility is in fact a large, "beautifully proportioned detached country house, set in its own grounds bordered by mature woodlands. With wide views across the higher reaches of the River Erme the garden reaches down to the edge of the estuary. Efford epitomizes the dream of an English summer retreat and is perfect for large family gatherings at any time of the year."  or so says the website! Frankly, you had me at the private beach at Mothcombe. Sure it's cold, but I just want to walk it.


Charming Cottage #3   Rose Cottage





This one is strongly 'Buyer Beware'.  No, Jude Law will not accidentally stop in to use the loo but seriously, is this not the cutest house ever?  I am ready to give my credit card number. Except, well, this is not real. No more real than the romances in The Holiday.  Follow the link and you'll see that the building is an empty creation devised for the film. The indoor shots are on a set in L.A.
Too good to be true. Darn.

So, you have three houses, in three different sizes and styles. Which one will you take?

I'm rather torn.

14 comments:

  1. I think I'd have to opt for the one near the beach.

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  2. "cottage" number two.
    although, if cottage number three was real... it would be the most practical for upkeep.

    oh wait - this house hunting wasn't based on an actual "real" budget, so... "cottage" number two.

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    1. Another vote for #2. I hope it comes with a staff because it's too big for my needs. I guess I can have a sewing room AND an office. Shall we have a bidding war?

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  3. I'm torn between #2 and #3. #2 for the private beach, #3 because it's super cute and there would be less housework involved.

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    1. #3 is adorable inside. I truly would like that kitchen but I'm all for paring down. Shabby Chic is a lot of work to keep clean. Clean lines, very little belongings is for me. I don't even need bookspace anymore...

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    2. If you do your own house cleaning, you are depriving a member of the working class their own income. I know you would not be so selfish!

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  4. Can't I have all three?

    Well, I'd want #1 for the Downton Abbey connection alone, but it really is stunning. Number two is wonderful, and #3 makes me feel like I'm in a fairy tale.

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    1. I would have been quite remiss to leave #1 out of the running, as I expect you to take it.
      Tea Party at Susie's!

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  5. Okay, I know. It's a sin to covet. It's a sin to covet.

    Sigh.

    Any of the above. Probably #2 though. #1 is gorgeous but rather large for a cottage. #3 is precious. In fact, until she and Drew get married, Madeline is living in Rose Cottage, so maybe that's the one I should buy with my limitless virtual income. :D

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    1. I think 'precious' is a good enough reason :)

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  6. I'm torn, too. If only I could move#3 to the #2 location. Sign. Could I have#2 for my summer house and #3 for my winter house?

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  7. Well, if I'm working with virtual money, then I think I can afford to be gracious. Seeing how I wouldn't want to slight anyone, I'll just take them all.

    See how easy it is to make decisions?

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  8. Why not! they are in different areas after all. You don't always want to be at the seaside.

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