The big move!

A whole year ago our journey to The Old Rectory began! Little did we know just how stressful and up and down it would be… but at last, we made it happen!

This amazing Georgian Rectory was much neglected when we spotted her, but it was obvious that with enough care and attention she’d be back to her former glory, and standing as proud as the day she was built back in 1789.

We only had 9 weeks to get most of the work done (well phase 1 anyway) before we moved in, and having now lived here full time for 6 weeks I still can’t quite believe just how much we’ve achieved! My wife has been phenomenal as she’s not only project managed the whole thing, but she’s had the vision and taste to perform miraculous transformations on some areas that, well… needed it! Take a look at the insta page Rectoryreloved for some of the before and after shots, and be sure to follow as more pics and features will come as we continue to bring her back ๐Ÿ™‚



It’s actually been a crazy year, so much change and so many hurdles… but as we near the end of 2018, as tired as I am I’m immensely grateful, proud and happy… really happy.

I know we’re not quite at the “look back on 2018” stage just yet, but so much has happened and major changes have occurred in most areas of our lives, and it’s only now that we’re embarking on this new phase of life that we can take it all in. My boy has graduated Uni and has moved to another city to start the next stage of his life… my little princess is now 18 and has left us for Uni too… what the hell is going on!!! It’s all good though, I love how they’re growing up and doing their thing and I’m genuinely so proud of the people they are. I’m also really looking forward to having the break and enjoying some serious family time this Christmas. No surprise, everyone is coming to us this year… better get the house finished!

Here’s a few pics from this past year:


Anyway, thanks for stopping by and putting up with my ramblings. I hope you all have a fantastic end of year and get to enjoy some proper down time this Christmas. Enjoy and tuck in :)))




  • Itโ€™s absolutely beautiful, many congratulations to you and your wife! It makes me happy to see beautiful old buildings restored so tastefully

  • Wow, Alan, this is incredible! Congratulations to you and your wife. I acknowledge you for really going for it. How inspirational. May your home and all who visit be blessed. Debbie

  • WOW! Your new abode looks marvellous. How wonderful to be able to move into a place with all that history and life. i know old buildings are a real challenge but congrats to your wife for getting it all together. So now you are both empty nesters. We went throught that transitiion just over 10 years ago and it does take some adjustment but believe me the best is yet to come. Our daughter, now a Mum herself realizes what I went through with her and has given me credit for doing a good job. Our son is leading a very interesting and exciting life in England and takes us out to fabulous resaturants when we come to visit him. So for us having independent adult children is terrific. All of them plus their other halves and offspring are coming to be here with us for Christmas. Best wishes to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year.

    • Thanks Anne, yes still canโ€™t quite believe it! I love the history of it. Yes theyโ€™ve flown the nest, canโ€™t believe that either! Hope you guys have a lovely Christmas break x

  • Wow! What an awesome looking place!
    Built in 1789–I can tell it is in much, much better condition and more solidly built than the newly constructed home we bought in 2016.
    The home builders today are more interested in how many houses they can build and sell in a year (because the volume looks good on paper).
    They don’t care if the homes crumble down to the ground in a few years. It’s really sad.

    • Thank you Christopher, yes weโ€™re loving it! Really feeling like home now.

    • Thatโ€™s very kind, thank you โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

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