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Back in October last year Ollie and I started our house hunt, it seems like forever ago that we got our mortgage and started planning out first home together. A whole mix of excitement and apprehension, I was on Rightmove everyday (and I still am).

Without getting into a political talk about the current state of the market, it’s been a long process and for the first time in a very long while property prices are dropping! London has only slowed, but for the capital, that’s basically going backwards. We have changed our search area and criteria more times than I can count and after looking for 10 months we have actually only viewed a handful of properties. We have put two offers in which were considerably over asking price and both got outbid. There’s an unbelievable shortage of properties and that’s certainly keeping the prices from dropping too quickly.

Now getting to the point, one of our options was to buy a house as an investment in the South West. We are still considering buying in London, however we have given ourselves a timeline to buy within and if we still don’t find anything here we will buy in the West Country. Something we could keep as a rental so we can get onto the property ladder while still renting in London. There’s nothing fun about rental prices here but this would make it a little easier.

So we have been keeping an eye on property back in our home town and visiting now and then to do some viewings. On this particular weekend the weather was beautiful and we took the chance to do some site seeing. Ollie and I had been to Barrington Court before in the Autumn but I really wanted to take my mum there, as I knew she would love it when the blooms were out.

It was the perfect house and garden inspiration, a fine Tudor mansion, glorious rolling hill to the back of the property and walled gardens to the front. A long way from the reality of buying in London where we can just about afford a postage stamp, but I am sure I can adapt some of the ideas, just on a smaller scale.

I love period properties and I have my heart set on getting something that has some character. It seems like they are the more desirable property styles in London though, probably as the tall ceilings and big windows make small spaces seem bigger and brighter. Either that or we’ll go the complete opposite and get something super modern.

Fingers crossed we will find our place soon. I will be sharing the moving and decorating and I think I may even vlog the process as I would love to keep a memory of it!