I'm telling you this as preamble to the properties I'm going to show you today because over that time of trying to sell, Tony sent me a string of funny emails chronicling their efforts to find a buyer, while also sending me sometimes amazing and sometimes crazy properties he'd come across. Several of which I've featured in the past.
So here are some selections for Tony and Mrs Tony - and for all of you who might be looking in and around Lincolnshire.
This pretty semi - above and below - was sent by Sophie (thank you). I'm not a fan of semis generally but this has lovely big rooms and an ENORMOUS garden with fab, open views. Plenty of space for chickens : )
There are three bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen and pantry/store. The bathroom is downstairs (don't think abut what those ducks are flying away from...) and there's hot water but no central heating.
It's in the Wolds village of Saxby All Saints, with decent access to the A15.
Also, can I point out the cottage is called Ponderosa.
On the market at £200k through Paul Fox. More here and here and PDF here.
My second pick is also a semi, but rather grander looking.
This old-lady-gone property is in Cranwell Village - also nicely positioned for the A15.
Three large bedrooms upstairs. A downstairs bathroom again, but good sized living room and kitchen/diner.
And, as with all my picks this week, a lovely big garden.
This property, on Sleaford Road, also has a large driveway and two garages. Plenty of space for chickens and hobbies.
On the market through Winkworth at £190k. More here and here.
When the estate agent's blurb describes "close proximity to the Oil refinery and Immingham Docks" as part of the sales pitch, I worry.
None-the-less, this pretty detached house in the village of North Killingham, about 6km from Immingham, has some rather more appealing features. Like a village green-sized garden.
The house itself is decent size - three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, two reception rooms and kitchen/diner downstairs. Dated rather than decrepit, and nice, light rooms.
On the market through Paul Fox at £190k. More here and here. Brochure (with postcode) here.
Finally, Manna House, near Market Rasen is still on the market:
On the market with a guide price of £250k and clearly not selling at that price. More here.
Finally, if you'd like to hear Tony's own renovation story. I've pasted bits below from his early emails.
I could fill a few blogs with my ventures – various updating jobs (the odd wall down here or there, the odd wall build there and here etc. extensions, barn conversion, 3 story Georgian detached conversion, Burnley stone terraced and another end of terrace that were in various stages of neglect. Austrian venture 1, a 12 bedroom B and B where the previous owners walked out leaving the pipes and boiler to freeze, with the added fun of finding the asylum seekers (they didn’t enjoy the same level of accommodation as tourists, or the old people’s home it had also been) had wired in sockets for heating or cooking in their rooms using the lighting circuits. French house – formerly completely messed up by an idiot English chap who thought he could renovate a traditional wattle and daub house but just hid the mess he had made, and managed to nearly electrocute me by his amazing wiring job. Lincolnshire cottage, back to walls and windows. Austrian venture 2, renovation and walls up and down. This latest Austrian house is going to leave me with little for a house in the UK, so it will be back to Lincolnshire where the mountains are 5 ft high and the houses are cheap....We do intend that the next house will be chosen and done up to be a more permanent home, our running about must stop sometime. I think the ghosts we have been running from will never go, and we have to recognise that our capabilities for doing houses up will eventually fade...The UK calls - firstly as Brexit has made it financially impossible to live here in Austria on a meagre pension and also because - have you eaten Austrian food? Consider a house done up for renting - beige throughout, just crying for some colour; Austrian food is just that, no colour, no flavour and the only texture is iron hard bread and dried out smoked sausages and meat. This would be OK as my wife is an excellent cook - but the raw ingredients are awful......We now feel it is time to slow down, find a house with enough garden for a few chickens - but I can not imagine that will really happen for long. What we have done is store a host of varied memories to look back on.