The image above is the Agents actual online advertising photo in June 2020 of what is currently my Guest Bedroom, but was classed as Bedroom 2 – sorry about the grained look it displays.
I sometimes wonder why l selected this house? I mean, l had seen a few houses prior to this … not in the usual fashion of course – since the arrival of Covid in March, house viewing changed accordingly – you couldn’t just get an appointment easily to view a property – so what you had to do was take a Virtual Visit that the letting agents published. This amounted to a walk in video and l took about a dozen of those. Yet all the properties l virtually toured, l could have been happy in also.
I ‘actually viewed’ in the flesh two houses. One over in Deal about 10 minutes walk from the town centre and this one in Sandwich at literally 2 minutes walk from the town centre.
I’ll not lie, both houses spoke to me, l know l could have been happy in either however ………. as a Town, Deal didn’t appeal – despite living in Kingsdown with Deal just down the road, as a town it didn’t dingdong my dingaling! But Sandwich did!
Now, in truth – as a single guy with very little sociality to his name and no longer living as a partner to another, l didn’t need the property l have here. This is a big piece of property. It’s actually in some respects bigger than the bungalow Suze and l shared in Kingsdown which was large – admittedly it had a massive garden because for most of our residency there we had a dog, we had Scrappy and we got the large garden for her.
What were my basic requirements?
Well …. ideally l wanted a garden – smaller and more compact than Kingsdown – l battled to and fro with this and l knew that with all the houses l was viewing l had wanted to shift away from the conventional gardening and composting l had been working in and with. I knew that my next garden would more than likely be container gardening.
I knew l needed a large office space or a space l could combine with the living room, l needed a bedroom, and a room for a guest bedroom. A kitchen and a bathroom. It didn’t bother me if it was all one level or there were stairs. It needed to be convenient to amenities or that they were within easy walking distance on account of the fact that l am a non-driver. But l also needed some dry space for storage of both furniture and boxes and if possible, it needed to be quirky!
So from that, l was looking for a 2 bedroomed spacious quirky town property with a small garden and what l have is a 3 bedroomed spacious quirky town property with a courtyard garden, a downstairs utility room and an upstairs bathroom and a really nice decently sized loungeroom. In respect of expectations l didn’t do badly – in terms of the WOW factor, l think l did really well!
Suze tells me that she is glad l ended up with Willow, because despite the other properties being nice – Willow won my heart, she spoke to me and l listened and whilst the other property in Deal spoke to me also, Canada as it was called fell through. It wasn’t meant to be …… whereas Willow told me we were supposed to become an US!
I couldn’t argue, there was something delightfully quirky about this property, everything about it spoke to me in a different way. So as nice as Canada was, l am glad it fell through.
Willow is bigger than l need by about 1 large room, but l manage to fill the spaces here pretty well considering.
The gallery below are photos taken on the 1st July a few days before officially picking up my keys on the 6th when l was allowed to come in and take measurements of the rooms.
The guest bedroom is a good sized bedroom, it is situated at the back of the property and away from the road – it’s a very comfortable room, l know – l slept in here for a good few weeks prior to moving into the master bedroom at the front of the house. It’s quiet and faces the back garden which as a courtyard is enclosed and private. All the houses around the guest bedroom are distanced from the windows, so no one can really see in.
It has a good nice boxy shape to it, it’s generous in portion and situated well as a bedroom for the house with the bathroom right next door. I’ll not have many visitors to my house that ‘ll use this room, most probably just Suze and maybe …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. maybe, my mother! You would have to actually know my mother and then you would understand my hesitation. But she MIGHT stay.
So, for this episode l give you the Guest Bedroom – aka Wings of Radiance – mascot ‘Winged Wildlife’
Many of you will know that l am very environmentally conscious, l have been eco orientated properly now for a good 35 years – l became hyperfocused on the plight of nature way back in 1985 and l have always had a respect for the planet. For the last 15 years, l have where l am able pledged support to conservation charities in either finance or volunteer activity.
There are no singular mascots for the this room – they are just Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bees and Birds and together they make up for what l think is a really lovely and charming, relaxing bedroom of conservation. Additionally to the winged species mentioned there are the usual quirks one should expect with me and that is the room has other aspects included in the decor such as animals, flowers and herbs.
Of all my rooms in the house, l have tried to make them all welcoming, but this room especially had to be way above and beyond the norm – so that any guest would hopefully feel at peace with both nature and themselves.
As far as completion goes l would say the room is close to 97% done and so without further ado – here she is! The photos in this gallery were taken yesterday over a two hour window 4.20pm and 6.20pm. The curtains are only half open because at that time the shadows in the room conflicts with the afternoon sun. The evening images were taken to show the room with the two lamps on.
I am really pleased with the end result and there are only a few small titivations to add to the finishing touches. I have some easy peel on and off Hummingbird stickers for the mirrors and the windows [the latter to prevent birds flying into the glass] and l am awaiting a couple of photographs to arrive to slot into the frames below the table.
Suze loves it – whilst reminding me that it, alongside the rest of the house would require dusting, but that’s a small price to pay in reality. She also asked if this room had the most images up on the walls? In the house in total there are 171 actual items that adorn the walls. The Guest Room has 24 items on the walls that include 1 wall clock and an additional wire that holds 10 decorative cards. Does this room have the most bed cushions or cushions in total? No, the master bedroom does!
Anyway, so there we go folks – another part of the tour completed – not much left to go. The bathrooms are not included in the tour because they are merely functional rooms and the other thing is that they are completely tiled floor to ceiling, this can make for more problems with hangings.
To come are The Loungeroom and the Master Bedroom and maybe the third bedroom… maybe, maybe not and then the tour will be done, however until then – thanks for reading – catch you next time!