I'm in love. I've fallen head over heels and am giddy with excitement. You know how sometimes when you're not looking for it and then - bam! - it smacks you right between the eyes? That's what happened to me today.
There I was on Rightmove, casually browsing houses in Suffolk when this vision of pure perfection appeared right there in front of me. My heart skipped a beat, I literally gasped in wonder at the size of its inglenook (no, that's not a euphemism). Could this be...The One?
The Little House, (deceptively named as it occupies an impressive 1864 square feet) sits on the edge of Gislingham, a highly sought after village near Eye and is a superb example of a period country home. With three reception rooms and a bedroom for each this Grade II listed cottage has more character than you can shake a whole forest at, let alone a stick. It ticks everything on my wishlist, which is unheard of, and even the guide price of £500,000 isn't too scary. Still unaffordable but only just. Relatively speaking. Okay, it's out of my league. Let's go through that list shall we?
• Location, check. Situated deep in the Suffolk countryside midway between Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Diss. Beautiful field views to the front.
• Inglenook, check. Enormous.
•Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, check. With the added bonus of that stunning crown post.
• Outbuilding, check. Ripe for turning in to an art studio.
And the best of the rest: Brick tiled floor and log burner in the dining room, separate utility room, dressing room, part-walled garden, gravel drive, picket gate, modern kitchen sans range (I wouldn't have a clue) but with mullioned windows and a stable door, manageable gardens (approx 0.3 acres).
Oh, the things I could do to this cottage! I'd paint it head to toe in Farrow & Ball for a start. Not that the decor is awful, it's fine, but a house this pretty deserves the best. The only downside that I can see is the electric hob in the kitchen, but that's why you buy micro-rice. Have I ever mentioned I hate cooking?
I know Kirstie always says you can't buy a house just from looking on the internet but this one I could just put an offer in right now and hope that, unlike with internet dating, it looks just like it does in the pictures!
The Little House is for sale with David Burr and has a guide price of £500,000.