Life really is a roller-coaster isn’t it? A week or so ago I mentioned that I’d lost the house I really wanted to buy in Plazac in the Dordogne, after someone put in a higher offer on the same day as I did mine. Since then I’ve become more and more depressed and my dream of moving to the Dordogne more tarnished as I’ve frantically searched for an alternative, but without any luck.

Well, earlier today I received a great surprise and some fantastic news. The local estate agent phoned to tell me that the other buyer had now dropped out. As I may have mentioned before, when you sign a Compromis de Vente in France to buy a house, you have a cooling off period of 7 days in which you can back out for any reason, and it appears that that’s what they have done. But anyway, I don’t care what the reason is, all I know and care about is that Charles, the estate agent, is now putting my offer forward again to the vendor and with a clear road, it looks as though my dream of living in a converted ancient barn in Plazac will now come true! I’m keeping my fingers crossed while I wait for him to come back and confirm that my Offre d’Achat (offer to purchase) has been officially accepted so I can relax again.

And not only relax, but also begin making some proper plans to move forward. Since losing the house in France, as the sale of my own home is still moving forward, I’ve been able to see nothing but problems. What happens when mine is sold and I have to move out? Where will I live, where will I store the stuff I want to keep and eventually take with me? Will I have to rent locally in France and search for a place to buy? If I do, what will happen about my dog Toddie? The list goes on and on, and all because of not having continuity between moving out of my home here and being able to move straight into another place over there. So you can see why I’m so keen to sort this one out, and not just because I happen to love the place in Plazac because it’s so perfect for me in almost every way!

I didn’t want to show any pictures of the place before but I’ve now decided that I’ll post some so readers can see why I’m so over the moon with it. First a few showing the outside.

From the front:

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Now the south side:

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Now two showing the back:

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Now inside:

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Looking back towards where the previous shot was taken from:

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The fabulous stone fireplace in the living room:

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I know it won’t be everyone’s cuppa tea but I’m crazy about it. I can just see a glowing wood burner in that fireplace keeping the place toasty warm (ahem… it’s -16 deg C there at the moment…) and I’ve got so many other ideas for the place too which I’ll share at some other time. In the meantime I’m just waiting for that telephone call … 😐

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