Tuesday 26 February 2002

things that make you go hmmmm

I think I'll have to go back and see the cottage again. The estage agents were so incredibly rude - first they didn't show up at all because they went to the wrong address, then we rescheduled and both the woman at the office and the agent got very snippy because we were 7 MINUTES LATE meeting them. We waited 1/2 hour for them to show up at 12.30 today, drove 20 miles both ways, and they never showed. We show up at 5.07 for a 5.00 appointment, and the bloke had already left. He claimed he waited 10 minutes and left, which was impossible because a) we weren't that late and b) it took him 15 minutes to "turn around" and come back to meet us. He said he only bothered coming back because of what had happened earlier that day, but we had to hurry up because he had to be back in Cambridge at 5.30. Can you tell it's not exactly a buyer's market at the moment?

All this to say, it really tainted my view of the cottage and I'm not feeling very good about the place at the moment. I do think it deserves another look as Chris kept going on about how fabulous it was and thinking about it, yes I did like it.

It's half of the house that you can see in the picture (we thought it was the whole thing at first and were totally floored), with an entrance at the side for the other flat. It's got a decent sized living room with an open fire, study (hurrah, somewhere to put my computer), kitchen big enough for a 4 seater table, a little courtyard (about 3 or 4' wide and 10' long), a little toilet room and inexplicably, a bathroom right next to it with a toilet, bath, and shower. There are two bedrooms upstairs - not huge, but I've never really been too fussed about having a big bedroom.

Down sides would be the fact that it's 10 miles from work (I'm currently 3 miles from work), but that would be okay if I get the scooter. The floors in the bedrooms are really wonky - you literally run up and down hill from one end to the other like you're on a carpeted, very short, and very small rollercoaster.

On the plus side, it has a washer which would save me having to rent one as I do now. It's much bigger than my current flat, and looks like it's been nicely kept. Lots of coworkers live in neighbouring villages so I'd always feel like I'm fairly close to people. The village of Willingham is quite nice; lots of useful things right on the same road (a grocery store, bank, post office, and obligatory pub that actually looks pretty good). It's about 3 miles up the road from the UK's biggest Tescos (supermarket) and very close to the A road.

So I dunno. I need to sleep on it, I think.

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