As I mentioned, right before the airing of our House Hunters International episode we had actually moved from the house we chose on the episode- though we did live in that house for about 10 months (well we leased it for 10 months, lived in it about 8 since our stuff with MIA in the sea for a couple extra months).
Our house was fine. Just fine. But not sure if you missed it in the HHI episode, it was pretty suitable….but I wanted sheep! And countryside! And rural life! And something more ‘Scottish’ – a house I wouldn’t find or move into in the states. And that’s exactly what we found: an old church complete with cemetery in the backyard.
Not only that, we have some yard, a stream behind the house, trails across the street, and not only can I see sheep from the backyard…but cows too. There’s only been one day where the wind made the proximity to dairy a problem…and I’m willing to live with that.
The house is way too big for us as a two person, one dog household… but we’re definitely making use of the extra bedrooms with guests this summer, the full size laundry room, and the massive kitchen. They’ve mixed some old bits of the church (the floor/ceiling, original pew, beans throughout the house, window shapes) with a lot of new (floor lightening, disco counter top kitchen, sun lights). It’s a bit of a hodge podge, but I’m pretty keen on it. And despite the sheer size, it feels quite homey and cozy.
I should mention the downsides of this house…. There aren’t THAT many, but they are pretty bad.
- Spider population is out of control. Out. Of. Control. Every day I vacuum up about 3-5 and every morning I still wake up with spider bites. Do you know how disturbing that is? If the average person eats 8 spiders a year in their sleep….we have to be consuming about 3 a week at least. I’m don’t even eat breakfast anymore.
- It took 2 months to get internet, a month to get a fridge, and now that there’s been a leak- I’m sure 3 months until it’s patched. Don’t ever rent from Stonehouse Letting. Also, now that we have internet it sucks pretty hard and they’re not sure we can ever have cable. This is not such a problem in summer…in winter, there might be some Shining moments.
- No water pressure…my hair always has that dull, greasy vibe.
- It’s naturally less convenient since it’s more rural. I don’t mind the drive into town, what I do mind is it’s less convenient to go for a run. Sure there are roads by me, but they are super hilly and small so that makes them difficult to run and a little unsafe. You definitely can’t run with headphones…the whole single track lanes that aren’t one way- you need to be paying attention or you’re gonna get clipped by a side-mirror…which hurts I assure you.
What I was skeptical on was having neighbors. We split the church with another family and have on shared wall. But we really lucked out here…our neighbors are amazing! I’m not sure if it’s the walls or the family, but we can never hear them (even with a dog and two young children)! They’ve also brought us fresh fish they caught and chocolates! And it doesn’t hurt they are literally the cutest little Scottish family ever, including the grandparents that live in Stonehaven. And the fact the great grandparents are buried in the cemetery so they’ve put in a good word and assured us we won’t be haunted.