“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods

There are many blogs, but there seem to be few about Victorian Houses in the UK (as I find them I will add links) – even fewer seem to write about the supposed trials and tribulations of owning a listed building. The house is far from “Spartan-like” in Thoreau terms, but the house does need a lot of work!

This blog is to record the process of buying and renovating a Grade II* listed building in the UK. The house is a beautiful if incontinent old-lady and I hope by posting my experience it will guide other people if they have crazy ideas like mine!


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