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A visit from the solicitor

Yesterday, finally, we took over vacant possession of "The Old Manor" - henceforth to be Well House Manor. Regular readers and friends will know that this has been a long time in arriving, and that we now have months of work to do converting a B&B with a backlog of upgrades and maintenance into a business hotel, fit for our training courses and delegates.

The first picture here is a "before" that I snapped yesterday. Not strictly a "before" as we already have communications in place - wireless broadband, phone and even TV in "The Cottage" that will become our luxury suite.


Our solicitor - who had helped smooth through the transaction - dropped by to see. Just a courtesy call as he's made a real connection with 'this one', and I have to say that I have been happy with how he has helped and advised - I would point others to Howard at Sylvester Mackett. It was very interesting to hear some of this comments / ideas / suggestions too - another idea and view on some of the elements.

The arrival of a skip to help up with some clearance emphasises how overgrown parts of the garden and the entrance driveway are, and how much we have to do. Indeed, the previous owner had been delayed in her move out by over 24 hours because the removal van couldn't get it. But our skip driver was made of stern stuff and drove within inches of the outbuildings in order to get around with minimal tree damage. Ah - but that all should get so much easier from Monday when some of the tree work starts.


Inside, our task is massive. We've started stripping back in a couple of rooms, and we're having a work party up there today. In this view, you see Lisa taking early steps in converting a kitchen area into a customer lounge. The paper on the walls is old, somewhat caked in grease in that room, and it's the first of many we need to tackle.

Indeed, I ought cut short my post and head for "The Manor" now ... updates to follow!

(written 2006-06-03, updated 2006-06-05)

 
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