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    I was invited to dinner yesterday evening - someone I've only met once - with some mutual friends. The road was fine - until we had to turn left onto a tiny unmade farm track. Anfter a quarter mile the directions said turn right - into the woods. Another quarter mile and we arrived at the house.

    We had drinks in the sitting room - the "New wing" - 1613! A shoe was on display which had been found up the chimney - apparently they used to do this to protect against witches!

    Dinner in the old wing - dated to about 1390 / 1400!! It was amazing, sitting by candlelight in a room inhabited for 600 years! Around 1500 it had a ceiling fitted to give an upstairs, and had a chimney and inglenook built in, instead of letting the smoke just drift up to the roof and out through a louvre.

    Food was almost paleo - just had to not eat bread! The lamb was from the farm.

    A rare and wonderful experience! Just HAD to share!

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    There is something magical about old buildings that have a history!
    Thanks for sharing!
    M

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    • #3
      You paint quite a picture. Sounds wonderful.
      Because if you didn't know, of that is life made: only of moments; Don't lose the now.
      ~Borges

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      • #4
        Wow, I *love* old houses and that sounds amazing. It must be so cool to live there and feel connected to all those generations past.

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        • #5
          Oooo I'd love to rummage around and find all the little hidey holes! In fact, *is* there a priest hole....?

          The shoes used to be buried in the foundations or within the walls too..... sometimes along with their owner! :O

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post
            Oooo I'd love to rummage around and find all the little hidey holes! In fact, *is* there a priest hole....?

            The shoes used to be buried in the foundations or within the walls too..... sometimes along with their owner! :O
            Apparently there IS a priest's hole, up the chimney in the 1400 wing! And a resident ghost - I can't wait to see the place in the summer!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Katie82 View Post
              Wow, I *love* old houses and that sounds amazing. It must be so cool to live there and feel connected to all those generations past.
              "Cool" to live there??!!It most certainly is - bloody freezing! No central heating, just a huge log fire in the sitting room, and an Aga in the inglenook in the kitchen / dining room!

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              • #8
                Sounds like an amazing house! I :heart Europe with all of it's history and cool old stuff!
                Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NorthernMonkeyGirl View Post

                  The shoes used to be buried in the foundations or within the walls too..... sometimes along with their owner! :O
                  They used to lock cats inside the walls too, to protect against witches.

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                  • #10
                    We found an old shoe while renovating once. Someone told us it was for prosperity. We put it right back in!

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                    • #11
                      I would like to see pics of this wonderful old home. If you don't have any you must get invited back. lol
                      Ramblings of an Unamused Mouse (Lots of Food Porn, Too!)

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                      • #12
                        you said primal house and i thought this: http://www.simondale.net/house/index.htm
                        Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by stuffguru View Post
                          you said primal house and i thought this: http://www.simondale.net/house/index.htm
                          What an amazing idea! I'd love a house like that. How on earth, though, did they get around planning permission, building regulations etc etc???

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                          • #14
                            no idea, but I'm along the lines of Richard Nikoley politically speaking so i wouldn't ask for permission. I'd just buy some property and build it. Apparently the guy who built that is building an entire village like that in wales right now. So I guess the government loves the idea, Don't even think that anyone would hesitate to say no here in the states to something like this unfortunately.
                            Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto

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                            • #15
                              Depending on where you live that can be very do-able. You may have to ask for special permits for SOME of it but things like building with strawbale now have enough history behind them to be reasonable. The thing I saw as the most likely to have an issue was the composting toilet. Most places seem to require either you be tied into the sewer system or have a septic system. Of course no one has to know (once you pass the inspection) that you tore that toilet out and are using a composting one!

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