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!)
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.
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!