I have long considered dabbling in a spot of diversification, so it was with great interest that I headed off to the charming village of Farndon to review a commercial premises with an apartment above. I heard on the grapevine (the canine community has ears everywhere!) that it is currently run as a flower shop. This could be just the ticket, I love snuffling around in flowerbeds so running a shop full of flowers would be second only to running a Butcher’s shop!
With my trusty chauffeur (dad) by my side, I arrived at Farndon high street and experienced a distinct feeling of déjà vu. The property I was visiting, Paul Burrells Flowers, is located immediately next door to Church View, a stunning Georgian house that we have just sold. So, feeling like I was on familiar territory I bounded up the steps to the vibrant green front door.
Inside I found a wonderful shop, full of treasure and plenty of things that a pug could play with. Catching a stern glance from dad, I reined myself in and wandered around with suitable levels of decorum. The shop has a number of additional “back of house” areas and, taken all together, the space lends itself to a variety of retail ventures.
As it currently stands, being run as a flower shop, a gorgeous cacophony of scents made me feel almost giddy with pleasure. Yes, I decided, running a flower shop could definitely be the second career for me! Exploring the space, it was very satisfying to hear the clatter of my claws on the part wooden and part tiled floor – somehow it made me feel very industrious. I do know one or two things about flowers including that they need to be kept rather cool (I imagine the cellar space would be the perfect place to store the flowers). As a pug who likes his creature comforts, I was, nonetheless, relieved to hear that the central heating for the apartment is on a completely separate system.
Before heading off to explore the apartment, which is accessed from the back garden (as well as from the shop), I took the opportunity to investigate the garden (well, I needed a comfort break so it seemed as good a time as any). It is a delightful and secluded space which is mainly lawned, the perfect place to expend a bit of energy!
On my way I passed a double garage and off road parking – how very handy. Having seen to the call of nature and fully indulged in the sights and sounds of the garden I trotted towards the house where double French doors open into the open plan kitchen dining area. With contemporary units in the kitchen, a pitched ceiling and feature beams, this was definitely a place that a pug could call home. It ticks all the boxes, cosy, welcoming, a place where all the family can be together and, just to render it absolutely perfect, it also has a living flame wood effect burner.
After this most promising of starts, I was very keen to find out what else this beautiful apartment has to offer. At the far end of the kitchen, a utility room leads into a lovely sitting room. Whilst retaining a cosy feeling, this room, with its timber floor and its rather formal fire surround definitely gives a nod to the property’s rather distinguished past. A space which lends itself to coffee mornings with the great and the good of Farndon’s pedigree society.
Exploring further I found a really good sized room which could be used as a study or playroom and the family bathroom which has another of my most favourite things – a period style claw foot bath - scrumptuous.
I didn’t think I could be any more enchanted by this gorgeous property but, midway up the stairs I just had to pause to admire a beautiful stained glass window set into the wall at pug height and featuring the words Carpe Diem – mum and I have watched the film Dead Poets Society so I know that means “seize the day”.
With that mantra in mind, I bounded all of the way up to the next floor where I found a shower room and three lovely bedrooms, each with a very cottage-esque feel. I especially loved the low positioning of the windows – almost as if they had been made with a pug’s convenience in mind – I didn’t even need to stand on a box to look out!
I headed back down the stairs with a wistful glance behind me. I really do feel that this property was made for me. However, I suspect that plenty of other people will feel the same and the shop and apartment will be snapped up quicker than you can say “sausages”.
Until next time
Love Ralph X
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