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farmwoody



Joined: 19 Mar 2005
Posts: 98

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 7:55 am    Post subject: what do you live in? Reply with quote
    

Not JUST being nosey honest! We're actually making plans to 'downsize' in a dramatic way and it lead me to wondering how everyone else here lives?
For the last 10 years we have rented various cottages with land and have been renting here at upperwood for the past 4 years. We have an old farmhouse & 4 ish acres.
So where do you live?
Semi with garden, maybe an allotment, with mortgage
smallholding, family farm
flat, mobile home???

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
Posts: 2595

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very ordinary, I'm afraid.

Detached house in the suburbs - small garden; allotment 3 mins walk away.

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Mrs Fiddlesticks



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 10460

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

we're similar to Lozzie, detached house in a village, average garden, plot 5 mins walk other end of village.

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 27090
Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

boring suberbia here, with sod all garden.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44751
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

4 bed detached with a small garden

Kirstie



Joined: 01 Apr 2005
Posts: 94
Location: Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I was the same as you living in rented cottages and trying to get as many fields and outbuildings (there were ones not attached to buildings) to keep my animals. I put my name down on the local estate list for a farm that I had my eye on, most of the farms and cottages are owned by big estates, well eventually after three years of waiting I managed to get the farmhouse with loads of outbuildings and a couple of fields which are rented seperately but from the same people. Terrific views, large garden (currently have a shetland pony grazing down the grass) , plenty of space for vegetables and animals, lots of years of juggling with different properties and fields eventually paid off. It is a long way off from being perfect but with hard work and a few years of cash inflow hopefully we will be sorted.

tawny owl



Joined: 29 Apr 2005
Posts: 563
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

4-bed detached, but luckily with large garden, so have fairly big area for veggies.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24581
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Tiny 2 bed. gamekeeper's cottage with 3 acres including a small wood and a sream, 2.25 miles from a village, half a mile from a road. I can see my neighbour's house if I lean out of the bedroom window!

Very beautiful hill country, with a conifer plantation ( ) behind us.

That from a 3 bed. Victorian terrace (larger than it sounds!) with 100' of garden in Shrewsbury.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 42122
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Victorian 3 bed terrace, extended to 4 beds and a big kitchen/dining area. Adequate garden, but only 2 minutes walk from the commons and 10 minutes from the allotment.
It was built as accomodation for the local landowner's estate manager, and originally had a huge garden but this was sadly long gone by the time we bought it.

gil
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Joined: 08 Jun 2005
Posts: 18395

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

used to be in inner city 2up2down terrace with small, very productive organic garden. for the last 10 years been in various rented farm / estate cottages with veg gardens, and (last time) access to grazings. post FMD, grazing arrangements much more problematic. now in 'redundant' farmhouse with 2 outbuildings and 2+ acres. small mortgage. conclusion : house too large, not enough land. but the upland river valley location is stunning, and neighbours and community are great. intending to sell up (very reluctantly) and find a smaller house / cottage with more useful, flatter land.

farmwoody



Joined: 19 Mar 2005
Posts: 98

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We're in exactly the same Kirstie, we rent from a large estate and thought we'd be here for at least 10 years or more.
we still can be, got the tenancy agreement to prove it BUT we were told earlier this year that the rent will be put up to 'marketable value' at the end of this year. That means 1200 + at the moment round here. Cant afford that I'm afraid and after years of paying rent & renovating (oh, didnt I mention, virtually unlivable when we moved in!), we've had enough. Paradise is fab, but penniless in paradise aint so great.

Back to the thread, everyone so far seems to be very 'conventional'. Anyone taking a more inventive meander through life?

Northern_Lad



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 14210
Location: Somewhere
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

200 year old stone cottage terrace with a small garden (~4m * 4m), on a main road.

When I bought the place the garden was a nice mix of concrete and mud which was removed very quickly to reveal stone flags! Various beds and gravel has been added and I now have about 2m x 2m in which I can sit and do nothing.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

End terrace house, front is a grassy communal court area, back has a garage, a garden, a shed and backs onto a really quiet little road. Ex-council property, built in 1969 ish, we're owner occupiers, or perhaps it would be more true to pay that the house is owned by the Abbey National and we give them money such that eventually we may own it.

We have an allotment, it's five minutes cycle ride away, and live within a stones throw of some excellent foraging.

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
Posts: 4520
Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 11:16 am    Post subject: what do you live in Reply with quote
    

2 bed (sort of ) semi detached cottage with half an acre and we rent some land for the big'uns in the winter (going there again this winer - hurrah) and the big 'un have summer quarters at the farm park

good arangement but would dearly love middle sized house on more acreage

have worked on the house for 6 years and still haven't renovated upstairs...hope to hav a further bash at that soon (how many times have i said that) now husband needs quiet study place

bernie-woman



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7824
Location: shropshire
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 05 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Detached house in commuter village in Shropshire overlooking a nature reserve. Medium sized garden. Have dreams to move nearer to the sw or new zealand long term

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