Sunday, 2 November 2008

Back home from house hunting (133)

Well, we've done it - we've bought a house! Well, we've put an offer in and been accepted, so that's nearly the same thing, as long as the business side of things goes without too many hitches.

After a rotten week two weeks ago (stomach bug, the funeral and to top it all off I got a cold) we finally set off for Wells last Tuesday. We left Reigate in bright sunshine, but about 5 degrees F. Half way there we hit a tremendous rain storm, which then turned into hail and sleet, which was settling on the hills. We later heard that a village in Devon had had a really freaky hailstorm which left them with 4 foot high hailstorm drifts! The weather this week has been sooo cold - bright sunshine but a bitter wind; hats, gloves, scarves and big coat weather.

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We stayed in a 15th century hotel in Wells, the White Hart. Our room was built into what was originally the stable block. On the first afternoon we tramped round estate agents, confirming appointments and making several more.

We viewed 14 houses in three days! Exhausting, and it was beginning to get a bit disheartening, as nothing appealed. And then the very last two were lovely. One especially was absolutely perfect, it really appealed to me. There's hardly anything I don't like about it. It's in a quiet country road in a small village about 6 miles from Wells. I'm not going to say much more about it, because you never know what might go wrong and we might not get it, but if we do I can show pictures once we move. So we stayed an extra night so that we could make a second visit, and put an offer in, which was accepted. So, great jubilation and joy. I'm really excited, and a bit daunted too.

We had an hour in Wells on Saturday morning before we left, to trot round the market and for me to take just a few pictures.
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 This is a view of the market, which is held in the original market square right in front of the Bishop's Palace, you can see the gateway in the background. It's still the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells (any Blackadder fans out there?) It's a terrific market, a real farmers' market with lots of locally produced food. We bought some proper cheddar cheese (made in Cheddar, just a few miles away) and some jerusalem artichokes, for soup.
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This is a better view of the entrance to the Bishop's Palace. It dates from about 1240.
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This is a rather poor photograph of  Wells Cathedral. The sun was shining on the camera screen and I couldn't see what I was doing. It's a magnificent cathedral and I'll show you some better pictures next time we visit.
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One of the features in Wells that I've never seen anywhere else are it's wide, purpose built gutters, which round down both sides of the main streets. Wells gets its name from three wells which are right in the city centre, and these gutters help excess water to drain away, rather than flooding. This year they were running full, after all the rain we've had.

So, now, it's back home to lots of work going through the process of moving and keeping our fingers crossed that it all works. You never know, we could be in our new home before Christmas. How weird does that sound.


Kay said...

Amanda, I'm so happy for you. I sure do know what moving is like. House hunting is always such a difficult thing to go through. How fabulous that you have found what you were looking for. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos of the house but I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed so that everything will happen perfectly for you.

Clare said...

I love that part of the world. I'm probably not reading properly and missed a bit, but what has made you move from Reigate to Wells? Family?

Hope there are some good quilt shops nearby :-)

Amelia said...

A new place to call home - well,, maybee...sure hope your offer is accepted. Starting to pack and move will be a chore - hopefully you will be using a moving company to move the big items.

Can hardly wait to see photos of the new place.

scraphappy said...

How exciting!! I hope everything goes well. I'm sure you'll be busy with all the planning and packing and then unpacking between now and Christmas. Moving is such a hassle, but well worth it if you end up where you want to be in the end. The pictures of Wells are lovely. It sounds like an absolutely picturesque place to live.

Lynn said...

I'm one of those people who believe if you talk to much about a good thing - before it happens - you'll jinx yourself. But regardless I happy for you and I'll keep fingers and toes crossed for you. Lovely pictures - I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to live there. I know you'll be telling us all about it soon - before Christmas !?!

Lori said...

Hello Amanda,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful sites.Those cathedrals amaze me.
I am hoping all goes according to plan for you.Best Wishes and most important good health!

Anita said...

Glad you are recovering from your flu and cold. Aren't you glad you got them out of the way before you had all the packing to get done. Excited for you and your upcoming move. Looks like a very interesting place to live. Crossing my fingers everything goes smoothly for you.

Gretchen said...

I am so excited for you!! Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well for your house near Wells!!! What a fabulous town!!

Jo in Tas said...

WooHooo! Looks like a beautiful town to live in. Hope the transition goes smoothly for you.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

fingers crossed on the house. sounds lovely. I'm definitely a Blackadder fan though I haven't seen the 5th season yet.

suz said...

What a love place Wells is. We have a Wells Beach in Maine, not sure if it's named after your Wells, although so many of our cities and towns are (I live in Manchester!). Hope everything goes forward with your new home.