The Start of the Beginning

It has been a pretty busy couple of weeks here. We put a lot of work in on the house to get it ready, then photographs were taken and a week later it was up on the market. Today things really hit home as the For Sale signs went up.

So now it is the waiting game. We can’t do much until this place sells… in the meantime it is business as usual, or as “current” usual has been. 3 short days per week and keeping off the heavy stuff, once this house sells and we get off to pastures new I should have the time and space to actually recover properly.

How are the plans progressing then? Well we have narrowed it down to 3 areas of interest and will spend a bit of time whilst we are waiting on movement here to assess them all and hopefully come to some kind of conclusion as to which way to go.


Overall… no real news then, but quite a lot of progress!

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Progress?

Since the last update we have been working hard. The house was gutted, a certain amount of renovation happened and a start was made on the garden. Today a very nice gentleman turned up from one of the region’s estate agencies and took photographs, took measurements and took notes.

Hopefully we should be on the market in the next week or so!

Does this mean we are further forward with where we are going to and where this venture will set up?

No. Not really!

We had a plan, we found a wonderful site - but things moved on that one too quickly for us. We thought we found a way to move on it ourselves but that fizzled out too so it is back to the drawing board - which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it is allowing us to cast the net wider once more and consider some other locations.

For the moment though we are back to the waiting game. I have some plastering and painting to finish and some more work to do on the garden. A little finishing off around the place too… and hopefully all done in the next week(ish)

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Back to the coal face

It has been a busy fortnight! The first half was spent fitting bathrooms to our house ready to market, along with a little plastering (first coat), then away for a week in Cornwall for a little R&R although it mostly turned into sleep deprivation and hypothermia - but that is by the by. Home again now and once I have got over the last week it is back to the plastering, painting, decluttering and hacking back the garden.

There has been some further productivity though. I did a rough and brief business plan whilst we were away but it wasn’t enough for our backers… so I have redrafted it using the Government’s Business Gateway template into a much, much more indepth document over the past couple of days and sent that for a look. It could use a little more meat on the bones in terms of costings but we need a definite location before we can really get those figures. I put some “best guesses” in to a few areas for the time being, but we shall see what feedback comes our way.

Time scales… who knows! We need a buyer for our home here or we need the backers to secure the site in advance (which would be really helpful). In the meantime I have put some feelers out to some planning officers to see how our proposals would sit with different regimes.

So things are marching ever onwards!

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It Creeps Forward

Hello again!

Well plans are continuing to develop and grow. We are exploring the site options now as well as discussing funding to get things off the ground - which includes selling our home and relocating. Time frames are now firming up too so things are getting real!

So… where are we at?

We are looking at an initial phase of offering glamping accommodation with the intention of providing a range of options from an off-grid yurt for the back to basics romantics out there right up to solid structures featuring insulation, heating, kitchenettes and ensuites with showers! Depending on our site we will also look to install a permanent gallery and workshop space which can be used for both our own scheduled sessions but also be let out to others (along with accommodation) to open up the experiences to as wide an audience as possible.

What makes us thing that we can do this?

We have been glamping a number of times and experienced both the best… and worst… of what that can mean. We can borrow some ideas from those places that we have been which work, whilst avoiding the pitfalls that we saw where things were less good. We have many of our own ideas, our own styles and personalities to feed into this - and we hope to incorporate both of our artistic visions as well as my background in environmental architecture to make something which is both unique and green.

There are other services that we are planning to offer - the photography workshops will develop further (and in a number of new ways) with single days, weekends and longer experiences all featuring. There may even be some shorter half day/evening/night courses to come along too. Tours are possible to add on as time moves on too where I will be able to offer my insights as a former archaeologist to the monuments and landscapes that we visit. I also intend to grow my commercial photography portfolio offering services to businesses and individuals covering the wide range of specialisms which I already provide and also developing further into some exciting new fields.

Time scales to full launch are still fluid, but we are hoping for a Spring or Summer 2020 launch as things stand at present. We have eyes on a couple of exciting sites (one in particular which if we can move on it soon we will!), but if those don’t come to fruition then there are others available which tick many of the boxes - if perhaps not all. The location is important though as this will have the potential to narrow or expand our client demographic from an accommodation perspective.

The next week is going to be a period of really getting to grips with the business concept further with the aim of locking in funding for our current favoured location, then week or so beyond that trying to get our home ready to market.

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Slowly slowly...

Things haven’t been moving quite as fast as I would have liked, but at least it is going in the right direction. We have been and looked at a place which ticks a lot of boxes in terms of business use and family life - it is just a case of finding a way to fund it all now! We need to sell up here in the Lakes, obviously, but whether that would give us enough for this project is another matter.

There are other places though and other areas… so we haven’t put all our eggs into this place (it is kinda special though).

In the mean time we are getting this spot ready to go on the market. I have a lot to do this week with plumbing, plastering and painting all on the cards. Boxes should arrive tomorrow or the day after to declutter and store and then we will hit the garden prior to photos. Nothing is scheduled in as yet, but I am still shooting for early September if we can (so I need to make the calls pretty soon!)

I am still getting pretty excited about it all though - things are coming together, the plan is crystallising into something which looks really good and, more importantly, viable. Location wise things may come together soon if one opportunity plays out - otherwise we are waiting on selling and then seeing where is going to work.

More later.

Again!

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