Located in Tiverton, not far from our temporary thatched-roof cottage, Knightshayes Court represents yet another National Trust location where we spent a happy few hours. The Trust acquired the estate in 1973 after the death of its owner Sir John Heathcoat-Amory. His forefather, John Heathcoat, inventor of an innovative lace production machine, originally chose the site for its view of his plant — the largest lace-manufacturing facility in the world at the end of the nineteenth century.
Today we moved from our hotel to start living with the locals in our apartment. We rented a lovely modernized apartment near to the centre of Sitges and close to the old town. It takes us about 5 minutes to walk to the beach or the old town.
Moving is always a bit fraught what with packing everything in our suitcases and rolling them down the street to our new digs. It certainly makes you appreciate the importance of these little ramps at the curb edge which make the suitcase perform much more easily. Funnily enough our cases were full but we each had a separate bag of dirty clothing! Where did that all come from and how will we manage of the train when we leave Sitges (if ever!)?
We met our real estate person Tricia (from the UK) at the apartment on time and we managed to get ourselves and our cases inside–the elevators in these apartments are always a laugh–Rita and one case is all that can fit at a time. What to larger folks do?
The apartment is really lovely on the attico (top) floor of an apartment building with a great view to the sea and hills. The balcony faces east so we should get some amazing sunrise cups of tea!
A pleasant surprise is that the wifi is very fast and we have SkyFreeview TV with all the UK channels–result!
Well it had to happen I guess. Having taken the plunge to market our home for sale in late December, it took precisely 5 or so days until we had a firm offer. Two weeks on the deal was done. This really is the only way to sell a house. No waiting around and wondering, few viewings and a short close. We have to thank our realtor, Linda Rehwalt for the excellent support and marketing plan she devised. If you are ever in the market for a home in Anthem she is you’re go to person.
So on April 1, 2013 we will be officially homeless and starting on our journey of discovery. Be careful what you wish for.….