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Big news, big project incoming......

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

I'm guessing like me, you're interested in at least one, maybe all of the following things:

Old houses, renovation projects, DIY, upcycling, decorating ideas. If so you may be interested in something very big that's just happened for us.


After a year of trying to sell our home and buy a new project, it has finally happened. Was definitely not an easy task and we're still shocked it's actually happened after a very bumpy roller-coaster ride!


I won't bore you with all the details but the short story is we put our house on the market in July 2021 after finding a house we totally fell in love with. Ours sold within a few days but we just missed out on the one we wanted. It was summertime and there were very few houses coming to market but we searched hard for the next 6 months and just couldn't find what we wanted. Understandably our buyers pulled out and we had a break form looking, not really sure whether to carry on looking or give up.


We both kept finding ourselves having a sneaky look on rightmove and my husband, Stuart found her in February. I wasn't sure from the advert and didn't know the area very well, but on the viewing we both felt the same. As soon as we walked through the door we knew it was the one. The original features and high ceilings were what we'd been craving. So after a bit of negotiating and a very long, stressful almost 6 months of problem after problem and mistake after mistake we finally got the keys and moved in 2 weeks ago. If you're going through a sale or purchase or thinking about it, the best advise I can give is, don't give up, keep chasing everyone involved, don't assume anyone is doing what they should and check every document for errors.


So, onto the exciting bit, the house is Victorian, built around 1850, and it's had an interesting past. We only know a little so I'm sure there are lots more secrets to find out. It has been empty for 6 years, has had squatters, been broken into, vandalised and the most recent break in was only 2 weeks before we completed - they broke in to steal copper pipes and caused a lot of mess and damage for probably £80 worth of copper and 2 chandeliers.


It was also a single mothers home in the 1950's run by nuns from the church opposite.


So, here's a little peek, can't wait to get stuck in and bring her back to her original beauty. It's going to take a long time, and a lot of hard work but we are gluttons for punishment! First big job is the rewire, the electrics are a bit scary and if we weren't so exhausted they'd probably keep me up at night!


I'll try to update the blog regularly but if you want to watch it all happen as we go along, follow me on Instagram www.instagram.com/lara.bezzina or www.instagram.com/manor_rd_renovation


I hope you're really well and as always if you have any questions please get in touch.


Thanks so much for your time,


Lara x





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Looks fabulous Lara, congratulations!

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