Since we had decided to discard the last (wonderful) house in the Snowdonia after a rather disappointing survey revealing a number of issues we did not want to go through again, our mind is free for what comes up next.
|Sunset in Pembrokeshire|
Whilst in Bristol, one of our estate agents sent a message about a house we had been interested in but which had been thought sold and which was now back on the market. We could get a viewing for last Sunday and, here we are, deep in thoughts, the both of us. Many things have to be considered, all in all, we are in love with it, however the location is unknown to both of us so far... Prembrokeshire. To be precise: in the middle of nowhere. As we could not find it and had to ask several people, it turns out that everybody we met was so friendly and helpful and we started to tick boxes :-). The box ticking continued all day and even further.
The house is a gem, in pristine condition, the gardens are big enough, the outbuilding can be used for a number of vintage cars, all in all very positive. The location....? 15 min. to town, so the same than here. My top wishlist issue, a private wind turbine, could be realised there.
Loads to consider, a lot to think of.
Meanwhile I want to post the pictures I took when we were in Bristol in May and happend to be spot-on for the NGS open garden scheme. So we visited Hanham Court, a manor house with restored gardens and just a stonethrow away from where the children live.
|slots to defend it?|
Hanham Court is now family owned and the people who live there are very friendly and enjoy to show their gardens to a wider public.
|a very grand entrance to welcome the visitors|
|this seems to be the main door for the family to use|
|typical victorian downpipe|
|all the necessary artifacts|
|always pots next to seats|
|the fields are gently ondulated and new fruit trees have been planted|
|no box disease (yet?)|
|beautiful vista over the paddock|
|Some of the elements were added later but the blend between 'new' and 'old' is done in a good way and the pool does not look odd|
|Peonies, cosmos, lupins and this simple mix does the treat|
|a tree house for the grandchildren|
|it was nice to sit there, very peaceful|
|Behind is the huge walnut tree which had branches laying on the floor, just starting to show leaves|
|a tree peonie pod|
|the majestic walnut tree|
Quite a handsome estate, however several full time and part time gardeners are working there.
|love the pebbles in front|
|There is even a stumpery like in Highgroove :-) which is very pleasant with the noise of water gently running over the stones|
|a ruin, as well ;-)|
|those were the old dog kennels|
|the greenhouse... rather small ;-)|
|After all that eye candy we had delicious carrot cake...|
|... right under these arcades, very practical if the weather had not stayed dry|
I hope this stroll was enjoyable - it was a pleasant and happy day and I hope I will have the chance to enjoy more NGS days in future.