On an autumn day I visited this cottage in a sleepy Bedfordshire village and knew my husband and I were going to buy it. It screamed out to be loved again as it had been for 150 years. The cottage was built in 1863 by the Duke of Bedford for his agricultural workers. The Duke of Bedford wanted a new modern comfortable life for his employees and designed spacious, solid brick cottages, comprising a kitchen, living room with fireplace and two bedrooms with fireplaces. Outside was a brick built washroom and toilet, a Well and victorian drains underground. A wonderful feature was substantial gardens to grow their own vegetables.
This cottage has a quarter of an acre back garden and a piggery, which has been used as a garage.
The house has been in a 1960-70’s timewarp and now I plan to restore it and recreate a cosy, simple home for my husband and I and our two dogs.
<img src="
2015/02/2014-09-14-14-19-14-1_1.jpg?w=300″ alt=”2014-09-14 14.19.14-1_1″ width=”300″ height=”198″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-8″ />
2014-11-09 15.00.57-1_1
fox weathervane


6 thoughts on “The journey begins

  1. Dear LG… lovely cottage and I know it will be most lovingly restored to just how you want it to be.. Trying out the logo on my gardening blog.. It took me ages to fathom how to do it LOL.. Love and Hugs xxx


      1. We spend around 2 hours a day in the allotments.. Its given rain for tomorrow so we will be going early before it starts..

        You will be nice and cosy this winter.. I feel we may have a harsher one this year. the Signs in the hedgerows are there already.. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks Sue. hear there’s a weather warning! I’ve also noticed signs in the trees and hedgerows that summer is fading quicker than usual. I hope the winter won’t be too harsh for our little wildlife friends. I hope you enjoy yourself with your granddaughter . Xxx


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s