Friday, 12 September 2008

Room for a Pony?

Blogchum, fellow "Homes Under the Hammer" fan, and all round good egg, Sarah, has written this post about about her own, personal fantasy homes in her area. It's all rolling heathland and ancient mills oop where she lives, and the houses she has chosen are made from local stone. Round my way, the farmhouses tend to be made from dark, red, brick (I don't live too far away from "the potteries") or sandstone, however, there are none for sale as the farmers still tend to pass their land down through the family, so I've chosen general village houses, which have "room for a pony". Enjoy!
This Georgian cottage is in Congerstone, a really nice little village about 5 or 6 miles from where I live. It has a great pub a nice church, and is surrounded my lots of lovely farmland. I'd live here is I had the pennies (sigh!).
Fancy something a bit older? Hmm, me too. There's nothing like a few gables to get a girl's heart a-pounding for a bit of ye olde luxury. There's a wardrobe in this house that takes you through to's in Nether Whitacre, a nice "proper" village, again about 7 or 8 miles from my town.
I drive past this house every week and when I do so I joke to the kids, "who are those people living in my house? "It's a Victorian vicarage. Some vicarages are very grand, as back in the day the younger sons of wealthy landowners often went into the church and built themselves houses according to their wealth and status. This one is in Sutton Cheney, again, a lovely, proper village, with the best pub in my area and a lovely, ancient church where Richard of York prayed before he gave battle in vain. It's 4 miles from where I live and a has a spiffy, posh, greenhouse.
This one is the only farmhouse/manor house I could find and is in the village of Smimsby, near Ashby de-la-Zouch...15 miles away from my current abode. Can you imagine bringing your kids up in a place like this? I can, and do. You could right a novel, in the style of Elizabeth Goudge, about this house, I bet it has a few tales to tell!
Finally, this modest little pad is in Hampton Lucy, right in the south of the county, roughly 20 or so miles from where I live. Before you tell me it is far too grand for the likes of me, let me say that you're so very wrong. It is just right for the likes of me. I'd make myself one of those "Sense and Sensibility" dresses and ask the DH go swimming in the pond wearing nothing but his breeches and a floppy white shirt..."why Mr Domum, you startled me"...but, gentle reader, that is a very different type of fantasy and one which you shall not be privy to!

Click on the links to see photographs of the interiors of the houses, go on, you know you want to and it's not really being that nosy as they're all for sale!


Maymomvt said...

This is so fun! I think I might have to do a similar post!

Tan said...

I like the first one the best!

Marie N. said...

Great post idea! I especially like the views of those spacious kitchens and magnificent dining rooms!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, love the Tudor one. Nicely done without being too 'modernised'. Although it's huuge! I'd need a housekeeper and butler ;) And the last one is very Jane Austen, I could just imagine drifting around that home in a beautiful Edwardian dress, taking tea and a turn in the grounds. :)


Dulce Domum said...

Hi Sarah (USA)
I would love it if you did a Vermont version!

Hi Tan
Yes, the first is very liveable...I got a bit carried away with the grandeur of the other ones.

Hi Marie
Yes, it's the kitchen and dining room that do it for me too. Oh, and the land...

Hi Sarah
I love the Tudor one too. I like the fact that it hasn't been modernized to within an inch of its life!

Anonymous said...

Georgian, Georgian...Edwardian's the bit after Victorian. I can never get my 'ians' in history in the right order.

Niki RuralWritings said...

I feel like I've just watched location, location, location! lol
very interesting to a Canadian girl.

Laura A said...

Very nice! I'm partial to the outdoor views. I'm suspicious of the sizes of those indoor rooms, being very familiar with fisheye lenses in real estate, but that doesn't really bother me, as I live in Manhattan and am used to very small rooms.

I'm catching up on your posts today and so am having lots of fun pretending to visit Britain in another era (or two or three), what with boiling cabbage and traipsing over the grounds of Tudor homes.

Nan said...

I just found you from a comment on Little Jenny Wren. I love the name 'dulce domum' so I clicked on it, and I feel like I've come home. Oh, my gosh, what a beautiful blog. Blog isn't a nice enough word - maybe home would be better. The first thing I noticed was the Diamond Day song. I went looking and read more about Vashti Bunyan, and am downloading the album from iTunes right now. What a beautiful, beautiful voice. And then all these houses, and a mention of Eliz. Goudge. I'll be back to spend more time.

Dulce Domum said...

Hi Niki
I didn't realise you got Location, Location over there! I love Phil and Kirsty (I like the way she dresses and the way she's not super-skinny)!

Hi Laura
I'm glad you're enjoying visiting! Actually, "boiled cabbage and Tudor houses" somehow sums up the essence of England, this was purely unintentional on my part.

Hi Nan
I hope you enjoy the Vashti Bunyan album, I love her voice and am a big fan of hers...I even like her name! Gosh, you've said some lovely things about my blog, I don't know quite what to say, except thank you for dropping by!