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The Househunter 5/1/16

5th February 2016
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Shall we head to Brighton first? At the time of writing the sun is shining high low in a cloudless almost clear sky and I feel like a bit of seaside is in order. This five bedroom house is on the market with Fine and Country and it is rather splendid isn’t it?

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Or perhaps it’s not at all your sort of thing. I’d definitely fancy a long weekend here. In August rather the February admittedly, but come inside for a wander round. Now what do you think? The main house actually has four bedrooms, the fifth is in a self-contained one bedroom annexe – perfect for Granny. Or the au pair. Or perhaps even the grumpy teenager and his/her music.

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The spaces are, as you can tell, E-normous and while I love that, it does feel like the owners don’t quite have enough stuff to make it homely. I could fill it… let’s start with a big rug in that sitting room – at the moment it’s just three pieces of furniture. A rug would bring it all together. I wrote a post about that if you’re interested: The Rules of Rug Layout.

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And I’d have a much bigger table and a sofa or couple of comfy leather chairs for drinking coffee and looking at the view. But hang on – you should probably see this:

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Yes. That isn’t just a wine cellar, it is, by the looks of things basically a champagne cellar. And a happy Friday to you all too.

Going for a change of pace here and this eight bedroom house was used as a base by Henry VIII so we can assume this too was a party house. Besides which you know I can never resist a castle.

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There aren’t many pictures inside but when the hall looks like this I’m in. It’s on the market for £2,950,000 with Fine and Country and is located in the north Norfolk village of Fakenham.

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It was built in 2520 and has a separate three-bedroom cottage and a gatehouse. Sadly there aren’t too many details on the website, they presumably want to encourage serious buyers to ring up but that is a lovely hall for a Friday isn’t it.

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Now, I suppose you’ll be wanting some between the extreme modern and the extreme old won’t you? How about this? A mix of both old ancient and contemporary. Blackmore End, in Essex, is on the market with The Modern House for £1,100,000.

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Look at those wonderful beams juxtaposed with a mix of antique and modern furniture. It works really well doesn’t it. This barn can be arranged to provide five bedrooms if required and there’s also a former stable building that can be used as office/studio space.

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What do you think? Who’s moving where this week? Frankly I think I might need all three, they all have different purposes and I could fancy each of them in their way. What about you?

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  • Jo 7th February 2016 at 11:06 am

    The Brighton home is amazing, I would move there in an instant!

  • poppy 6th February 2016 at 8:14 am

    I love the Brighton home, full of light

  • sandra 5th February 2016 at 7:24 am

    I think property no 1. For a holiday home I would like something very different to my current period property. I agree a few improvements are needed to make it zing – rugs, more furniture would bring it up to MadHouse standard.

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