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The Old Rectory, Norfolk [20101227|13:47]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The Old Rectory

I have mentioned before that the bloke's parents live in a humongous house, haven't I? I still remember visiting this mid-size hotel for the first time. We pulled into the drive (pictured above) and I asked, in all innocence, "Oh, this is beautiful! Which part of it is your parents'?" The bloke looked at me sideways and answered, as if I'd been taking the piss, "The whole thing?"

My nerves, which were already at fever pitch because it was my first time meeting his parents, keyed up a whole octave. Fortunately, they're lovely people who went out of their way to make me feel welcome and comfortable, and now I look forward to our visits without reservations.

The interior of the house is very beautiful, as I hope was conveyed somewhat by the previous post, but the grounds are also spectacular, even in winter when all the roses wreathing it have died back.

Walking to the pond

Running into the fields

The house from the back

The swimming pool in the rose garden - frozen!

Our dirty car spoiling the facade

The side of the house, next to the croquet lawn

At some point I'll have to share photos of the bloke's room. It is at the back of the house, in what used to be the chapel that was added on just before 1900. It has a neo-gothic arched window comprised of many small glass panes and a timbre-beamed ceiling. It can only be reached by a half-hidden staircase. A triangular bookshelf covering one wall reaches from about three feet off the floor to the very tip of the ceiling. It's a child's dream bedroom, and every time we stay here I more than half-wish we lived here.

[User Picture]From: sneakypeteiii
2010-12-27 15:22 (UTC)
I had no idea. I'm super jealous of anyone whose childhood home is still their parents' residence.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-12-29 17:21 (UTC)
I didn't used to be jealous of such people, but I am now! I did enjoy my peripatetic childhood, though.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-12-27 19:02 (UTC)
So is it that expensive of a house, or is it more that they're out in the countryside and can afford a bigger house? How much land are they on? And what do they do job-wise? His bedroom sounds amazing! Does he have any brothers or sisters?

No wonder your cats like going out there with such a big house to play in!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-12-29 17:22 (UTC)
It's probably worth a good deal now, but they bought it decades ago when it was a wreck and have been fixing it up ever since. The bloke's father is a retired mathematics professor. He has a brother and a sister.

Despite all the space to play in, the cats are currently on my legs on the bed, hiding from the attentions of my nephew.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2010-12-28 01:28 (UTC)
Wow. A croquet lawn. Of course. *gawps* How wonderful that they're friendly & welcoming, though. That goes a long way, familial estate or no, eh? ;)

I like the boot-reach photo...very cute. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-12-29 17:23 (UTC)
There's a tennis court as well - though it's in need of repair.

I almost put a bit of weight on my toes...but then I thought better of it.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-12-28 02:38 (UTC)
I love their house, its absolutely gorgeous. I can only imagine the inside is just as lovely as the outside.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-12-29 17:23 (UTC)
At some point I'll ask permission to put up photos of the interior, but I felt one request was enough for this visit. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2010-12-28 23:37 (UTC)
Nice place! One must have a croquet lawn, of course.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-12-29 17:24 (UTC)
Of course. It would be uncivilised not to have one.
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