15/10/2012

House Hunting!


Isn't this house beautiful?  

I was so excited when I saw a picture of it for sale and even more excited when I read the details.  The house was converted into flats a few years ago and all the occupants share the grounds.  The gardens include an allotment, woodland, meadow, orangery and outdoor swimming pool.  There are chickens, rabbits and plenty of space to run around and explore.  There is a shared communal hall and communal spaces throughout the property. It is heaven for small children.  

We viewed the flat on Friday - here's the huge drawing room which would make a wonderful central space for our family.  


This kind of set-up doesn't suit everyone but we think it sounds amazing.  What do you think?  Does anyone have any experience of living in this kind of set-up and how did you find it? I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

14 comments:

  1. Wow that's pretty amazing. I love the sound of the grounds and the kids being able to run freely. I've no experience of the set-up, but maybe you could get a chance to meet the other residents to get a feel for the place? x

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    1. The first people we met had children pretty much exactly the same age as us. They moved from London 4 years ago and really liked living there. It's been on the market for a year though and it's over-priced at the moment.

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  2. where? Is it in Barrow Gurney? Looks and sounds amazing.x

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    1. It's the other side of Bath, so quite a way out. Near Bradford-on-Avon. We would miss our beloved Bristol and it's over-priced so we're waiting to hear back from the estate agents to see if there'll be any movement on price.

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  3. I think getting out of the city with your children will bring a fab new way of life, I for one would love to live somwhere like this, having more space too would help. A new way of life. xx

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  4. Cor, how exciting! That looks amazing. My best friend at school lived on Cornwallis Crescent and the fun we had in those communal gardens couldn't be bettered. Do it!

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  5. It's stunning. If you like your neighbours it could be a really special and rewarding way to live.

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  6. Hello there..not looked at your blog for ages.. Things been busy busy moving to China. All doing ok at the moment. Had to post a comment as in Australia we lived in big block of flats (your Dad came to stay!) and here we are in a compound with communal playground and pool etc. Neither place as beautiful surrounds as that photo. In both places it's been great to have families and small children all around. Support for us, people to call on in emergency and ready made friends for the children. It's great with children. They have friends all around and it's easy. Our places have been bigger though so more people...I guess it could be dodgy if only a few people and you didn't get on. x x x

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  7. Hello S! I just found out you moved to China from Dad this weekend. What a big cultural change it must be for you. I'd love to hear all about your life there. J and I have talked about the house loads and have decided that in the spring if the price comes down we'll put in an offer. I 'll keep you posted and thank you for popping by!

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  8. I was so excited when I saw this as I grew up in Bradford on Avon, literally down the road from this house. It really is so beautiful. When I was younger, it was run as a full-on commune, with all spaces shared, which inevitably resulted in some problems amongst the inhabitants. Since it has been more divided up into flats with shared grounds, I know it has been a much nicer place to be and really successful. I can't recommend Bradford more highly as a place to grow-up/live, so I hope everything goes to plan for you! Hooray! Xxx

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  9. I grew up in a property exactly the same as that as a child. We had the river thames at the bottom of the garden. Other owners kept their boats in the boat house. We walked to the end of the garden, through the gate & along the tow path to feed the ducks & watch the boats. There was another family there too, I am still best friends with them today - 40 years on!!!! The freedom was amazing. There was a miserable old couple in one flat, didn't like children but everyone just ignored them. Garden parties were fab! I very clearly remember the Silver Jubilee in the grounds. Our rooms were large, just like the one pictured. Often cold as we couldn't control our own heating & the main boiler for the whole house kept breaking. It was also the time of power cuts. I must ask my parents how it was as strangely I remember those gloomy times quite fondly. Good luck. x

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  10. I love it ! How exciting !
    I've no experience but I would be drawn to the idea myself. I've always wished for a huge house like this to share,as flats, with my parents and siblings. I'm a hippy at heart and community is really attractive. Personally I don't see it as being different to living in any big building split into flats. You can choose how much you want to use the communal rooms. It would be a glorious safe play environment ! And BOA and the surrounding area is really lovely. Los of alternative living things to do and family friendly. I've lived in both Bristol and near BOA in the past ;-)
    Good luck with the house search. Whatever happens the right place is waiting for you !
    Xx

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  11. wow. that sounds awesome! I have lived in a community, but not as a signed up separate flat. More of a shared community with a common vision. We ran it as a conference centre for spiritual type courses that delved deeper into the human experience. Yep, thats me out as a hippy eh! Communal living was both amazing and hard work.

    Good luck with it all. hope it pans out for you! x

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  12. Wow, that house looks like a castle! Good job on locating it. Have you pushed through with it? The large living room is just outstanding and I believe it would be perfect for you and your family. And you can work with a lot of space in it. How much does the house cost though?


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