Monday, April 14, 2014
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?