After a number of potential property purchases falling through and scouring the market every day for 12 months Otterhead House (formally Royston Cottage) came onto the market. Being in the perfect buying position it was a case of right time, right place that secured it. We completed the purchase in July 2017.
The greatest challenge with this was that property development was now a full-time occupation, there was no background salary coming in to keep things moving (this situation was the creator of BlackOak).
The original intention was to work our magic over 12-18 months, bring it up to modern day standards then sell. Life (and the councils planning department) however, does not always go the way we plan. All the trials, tears and tribulations can be witnessed in the weekly Vlog we did throughout the entire build – The Cottage
The challenging and uncomfortable journey led us to a destination far greater than we could have ever imagined.
Otterhead house is available for luxury group holidays at https://www.sleeps12.com/properties/otterhead-house
Please click on the photos below to view more of The Otterhead House renovations.
The name is a bit of a giveaway . . . . . this was literally an old poultry shed in the rear garden of Otterhead House (formally Royston Cottage).
On the first viewing of Royston Cottage it was obvious that this would make an ideal couples retreat / holiday let.
The original idea was to build it and live in there whilst renovating the main house. A rejected mortgage extension and severe lack of funds meant it went into holiday let at weekends only, to avoid the noise created from building work midweek.
It was an instant success, every single weekend that it was available was booked for between £150 – 210 per night.
This created the awareness of what is possible with the group holiday let and set the wheels turning for Otterhead House https://www.sleeps12.com/properties/otterhead-house
We still get people asking if they can rent The Old Chicken House but for the time being it is Georges main residence.
Please click on the photos below to view more of The Old Chicken House renovations.
We searched tirelessly and unsuccessfully for many months to find another place like “The Barn” (see below). We decided to stretch our boundaries of both distance and budget. The Tollhouse had been featured on “Escape to the Country”, yet because of the work that needed doing had remained unsold for 18 months. It was love at first sight (who doesn’t want a stream in their back garden?), and under the rough exterior laid a wealth of character and pleasant energy.
Having stretched our budget to the edge meant on 3 January 2015 work started with only £8,000 in the bank. Project managing over evenings and weekends whilst running a business full time – we completed the Tollhouse by 1 December 2015. A beautiful house, beautifully finished in a beautiful village meant it sold well above the ceiling price and exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Please click on the photos below to view more of The Tollhouse renovations.
In 2012 we came across “The Barn”, a very tired 2 bed attached house in a stunning village location. Upon seeing the 14” wide elm floorboards and the breath taking view to the rear meant we fell in love with it instantly. A couple cheeky offers later we were standing on those very floorboards! After two years of working evenings and weekends the last screw was turned and window painted. It was at this time that we realised for us the magic was in the journey rather than the destination. Sold within weeks it exceeded everyone’s expectation of what a three bed house in that area could achieve.
We were delighted to be shortlsted for the UK Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2020 hosted by the Homebuilding & Renovating Show and The Daily Telepgraph.
Winners will be announced during Spring 2021. We look forward to updating you on how we did then!
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