So we did it - signed a million papers, and voila - we're in debt for the next 30 years. But we met with the seller at closing (things are so different here in the States!), and she was telling us all about how she moved into the house at 11 years old, lived there for 44 years, and is now finally selling to retire to the beach with her new husband. She was the youngest of 11 kids to be raised in that house, and her brother still lives next door
I told her about Cecilie's love afair with 'The Yellow House', that she'd picked out her room already, and she seemed happy that our family would take over.
Pictures of the wretched interior to follow soon - I always wished I'd documented the shocking interior of the Sonning house better!