I may have bought a house.
With a garden – of course.
It’s completely irresponsible and ludicrous for me to buy a house in the middle of nowhere, but… There it is. I bought it. From December 1st, this old farmstead is mine.
The house is 1100 square feet, and sits in 1/3 of an acre of garden – GARDEN!!!
It’s surrounded by fields on all sides, and from the very back of the garden there’s even a view of the local lake/pond.
I’m not sure how useful a greenhouse will be in a holiday home, though, but there’s only one broken pane so I might just let the grape vine grow rampant and use it as a “garden sitting room”.
Yes, fields all around…
Sorry the floor plan is in Danish… It does, though, give you an idea of what the house is like. Two wood burners – one in the larger sitting room and one in the kitchen – and in-door parking that I might convert to a studio-cum-guest-bedroom. And I am seriously considering knocking down the wall between the kitchen and the small sitting room (“køkken” and “værelse”) to make a large farmhouse-style kitchen with access to the added-on “udestue” – a non-insulated room with windows all around that is mainly meant as a semi-outside sitting room.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, but the floor doesn’t feel too sturdy and the ceilings are just over 6ft high, so essentially that’s just storage space. At best people can “camp out” up there, but I won’t bother converting the rooms into actual bedrooms.
And the garden… Poul, the current owner, is 86 and has kept the garden in a near-immaculate state since his wife died a few years ago. But it was clearly her garden, with his part of it being the vegetable garden and the shed. It has a very effortless charm – not too formal, but still with borders and beds and ornamental shrubs. And it’s large enough to have space for an “ugly” part behind the shed, which is nice.
I love that garden… It’s in keeping with the rather utilitarian nature of the house, and yet it has so many charms – like the house. And the views over the fields are just stunning!
So there. I did it. I bought a house and will become a gardener once more.