Oh boy, Husband and I are talking a lot about this latest house, the Downton Abbey Dollhouse. We're letting it settle in (well, I'm letting him let it settle in) and we'll see where it takes us. Right now, since we are in blustery cold New England, one aspect of this home that just makes me weak in the knees is the idea of outdoor living. It has two large side porches, both dark, dark, dark. It's not on the national historical register so I can do what I want to it. I could brighten it up like this porch From Mimou via Lanalou Style.
I went into the arched stables yesterday as we did a second look. There are a bunch of old, arched French doors in there waiting to be reattached (if we were to win the lottery, I suppose.) Both photos from stylist Paul Hopper. I could stand outside and sweep in my polka dot silk robe on occasion, but my broom bristles are pink, not yellow. Perhaps I'd get a special broom for the arched stables.
And although Husband won't understand, I would love to read in an an outdoor bed, not to mention an outdoor bathtub. All the "grounds" (although not huge, it's just not a "yard") are surrounded by stone walls and since the gardens are in "ruin" there are only a couple of grassy areas to mow. A roofless stone greenhouse with ivy climbing up the facade could house a little herbal tea garden if I should like to dabble in the green arts. Photo from Dying of Cute.
It's just not something you see in the United States very often. When we lived in Albuquerque, our house extended into our backyard for much of the year. I miss that a lot. The photos on the website aren't terribly good, which in my opinion is why it hasn't sold. You really have to "vet" houses to look at in Rhode Island as both the buyer and the seller agents have to be there, so it's four schedules to coordinate. Talk about a PAIN. Anyway, the pictures on the website focus on the grounds and miss the lovely interior (with ugly paint job) of the actual house. The tall ceilings and the redone bathrooms. The staircase to nowhere. we've passed over the house for 6 months or so, but saw it it an open house last weekend just for something to do.
I get excited thinking about it but not too excited as I know I'll be very disappointed if we finally decide that it's not the one for us. It needs a little bit of work, which is why it's in our price range - not a colossal amount - but if Husband sticks with his "turnkey" idea of a house, which I do understand, then we'll pass it up. But ooooh, will that man get beaten with my pink broom.