Website is about to be launched!!

The newly painted house! Alt Text

Thank you to the lovely Marion Ryan of Online Business Gym who has been patiently at the helm and has created our Landhaus Lilly website!   Like all such websites – there’s room for more photos and information, which we will add over the coming weeks and months – but for now, we probably need to launch ourselves to the world!

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Still loads more to do … and then the water arrives!

Leo in puddles
Leo in puddles

The whole of Europe is flooded – including our new house!  The cellar is full to the ceiling and the remaining oil in the oil tank have now mixed with the water in the cellar – so it needs to be removed by contamination specialists.  Obviously, this is not great news when we’re supposed to be opening in a matter of weeks.  The boiler is totally kaput as well.  Everything needs drying out and hopefully it can be refurbished somehow … this is not cheap and has not budgeted for.

We arrived for a scheduled visit to Austria to review progress just days after the flood.  On arrival, we saw the tanker taking away the contaminated oily water.

This is the new pond in the garden a few weeks after the flooding.

Work marches on …


Work marches on … both for us in the UK … and for the builders in Austria …

There are decisions to make – what should stay and what should go?  We want to have a mix of the old and the new so we keep some heart in the building.  But much of it is too old or damaged to keep – so more skip fodder.

We select triple glazed windows – making new windows where there were once walls, blocking up other doors to make windows and moving doors and windows around.

We need to select a colour for our new home – decide on the best insulation and options for how this is put around the building (some inside, some outside).

There are bedrooms to plan, with the new en suite bathrooms to design and choose, new electrics with lights and socket placements all-important.  What about curtains, bedding, furniture, floor and wall coverings.  There are kitchens to design as well … the list seems endless – and we do much of it remotely whilst we’re still working in the UK.  It’s a busy time!

Another visit … and the deal is ON and work has STARTED

The windows are out
The windows are out

After many negotiations, we agreed on a price and timescales for works.  The plan is to be open for the beginning of August – a very ambitions plan… so the work starts immediately (even before the paperwork has been done for the purchase and before we have a mortgage in place.  Some would say rather foolhardy – and we would probably agree!)





Back again … lots more thinking still to do …

Could this be the one
Could this be the one

The snow is still on the ground when we we take another visit to see our possible purchase.  Who knows if we can get the mortgage, do the works that are required and open and run a B&B in the space of a few months?

It all looks a bit different in the snow as well.  The house is being heated to make sure it doesn’t freeze completely – but you still need your coat and hat on indoors!

Seems surreal that we are thinking of leaving the UK with secure, stable jobs and try something out that we’ve never done before.




Could this be ‘the one’?

The first visit
The first visit

The first time we saw the house was when we visited the area in autumn of 2012.  We weren’t sure if our plans would work … we would have to go away and do our calculations and come back and see what we could do …

We’d been really disappointed a few months earlier when another house in the area was sold, before we could sell our house in the UK.  It seemed like everything else was falling into place – but it wasn’t to be.

So we continued the search and specifically focussed this time on the village of Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt.  Beforehand we had a wider search area but for us, nothing seemed to compare to the peace and quiet, the local attractions of Hallstatt, the lake, the Krippenstein mountains – and opportunities to walk, hike, cycle and ski – all on the doorstep!



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